If one of your goals this year is to live in the moment and travel more, then there’s sure to be times when you need to organise a pet sitter for fido or kitty at very short notice. Here’s how to best approach finding your ideal pet sitter for a last minute getaway.
- Write an outline for your position
More detail is usually better than less, especially when organising a pet sitter at short notice. Include photos, care requirements and consider the way you phrase your expectations. If there are special pet care requirements or home maintenance, list these details in the position listing.
- List your position online
Home and pet owners can list positions for free on the Mindahome platform and can be connected with experienced, animal loving house and pet sitters right across the country.
- Reach out to your networks
When time is of the essence, another way to attract attention from potential home and pet sitters is to reach out to past sitters to check their availability. If they are not available, they may be able to make a recommendation. Via the Mindahome platform, home and pet owners can also reach out to sitters who they feel may suit their requirements directly.
- Review testimonials and previous reviews
Always review and request previous testimonials or references from house and pet sitters, particularly when organising a last minute pet sit. Via Mindahome’s review system, homeowners can leave reviews on a sitter’s profile, which provide a snapshot on the suitability of the sitter for your needs.
- Set up a virtual interview
When time is short, use technology to your advantage! Organise a virtual chat with potential house and pet sitters via platforms such as Skype, Microsoft Teams or Google Meet. A conversation about the pet and home care requirements, as well as learning more about the pet sitter and their experience, will help you feel more at ease.
- Introduce the sitter to your home and pets
If time allows, arrange for the home and pet sitter to stay at your home for at least one day prior to you leaving. This will ensure that any questions can be resolved before you leave and you, your pet and the sitter are comfortable with the arrangement.
Organising pet care at the last minute can be stressful and challenging. However, by following the above steps, all that’s left is for you and your fur-friend to enjoy a stress free holiday.