Pet Sitting and Boarding

In order to help people find pet sitting and pet boarding facilities, PAWS provides links below to groups that maintain lists of pet services.

As a non-profit organization with limited resources, we do not have the ability to evaluate the businesses listed on these websites, therefore we are not endorsing them. As a caring guardian, please undertake full research before entrusting your companion animal to any service provider.

Follow these tips to help ensure a business is reputable and will meet your and your companion's needs:

  • Ask for references from friends who have recently used a pet sitter, pet daycare or boarding kennel.
  • Check the business' status with your local Better Business Bureau.
  • Never leave your animal at a boarding kennel, daycare or other overnight facility without taking a tour and introducing your animal to the staff.
  • Set up a time for a pet sitter, you and your pet to meet to ensure your pet and the sitter are comfortable with each other.

For a boarding kennel, daycare or other overnight facility, ask questions such as:

  • Where will your animal be kept? Will your animal be kept alone?
  • Will your animal have access to the outdoors?
  • Are the kennels adequately ventilated and is the temperature regulated?
  • How will your animal be exercised?
  • Will your animal be interacting with other animals and/or staff members? Will cats and small animals be housed away from dogs?
  • What are the facility's policies on veterinary care?
  • Can the facility accommodate your animal's special medical or dietary needs?
  • What vaccines does your animal need before he can enter the facility?

For a pet sitter, ask questions such as:

  • Can she provide proof that she is insured and bonded?
  • Will she administer medications to your pet if necessary?
  • Can he provide written documentation of services and fees?
  • Is she familiar with local emergency vet clinics?
  • How does she keep track of your pet's needs?

Internet resources

These websites list contacts for a number of pet services. As a caring guardian, please undertake full research before entrusting your companion animal to any service provider.

Rover.com
Pet Sitters International
National Association of Pet Sitters
Pet Sit USA
Pet Sit Finder
FindADogWalker.com

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