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.
Pet Sitters International
National Association of Pet Sitters
Pet Sit USA
Pet Sit Finder

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