Heading out soon for the great American vacation, but not sure what to do with your pet?
A qualified pet sitter can ensure a worry-free getaway.
“If I were to give a recommendation for somebody looking for a pet sitter, I would say always hire a professional service,” said Sandy Hafenbrack, owner of Critter Sitters Professional Pet Services. “Too many hobbyists get into it to make extra money for summer.”
Hafenbrack, who has been in the business for 30 years, has experienced frantic calls from pet parents when their neighbor, friend or relative has bailed on them at the last minute, or even while they’re gone. “That won’t happen if you hire a professional pet sitter,” said Hafenbrack. “And if a pet bites someone, the sitter is liable.”
Critter Sitters checks on dogs three times and cats once per day, seven days a week. “We also take care of birds, lizards, fish, rabbits, practically anything that's legal,” Hafenbrack said, including special needs pets who may need insulin shots, subcutaneous fluids, ointment applications and more. Critter Sitters also takes out trash and brings in mail and newspapers.
“If a dog needs to be let out in the yard or taken for a walk, we do that,” she added. Pets are never allowed to run loose.
Critter Sitters meets with clients beforehand, “so they know exactly who is going to take care of their pets in their home,” Hafenbrack said. “We answer any questions they may have.”
Clients can access their profiles on the Critter Sitters website where they can keep their information up-to-date. Critter Sitters also has a Facebook page where they post photos of clients’ pets. “They can see their own pets and other babies we are taking care of. They get a kick out of that,” said Hafenbrack. “They can also text and call us if they want to know how things are going back home.”