“Just because you’ve seen a pet sitter in an online directory—or even on a nationally-publicized site—doesn’t ensure they are a legitimate, qualified pet-sitting business,” explains Patti J. Moran, president of Pet Sitters International. “Anyone can post a profile advertising pet-sitting services, so it’s important for pet owners to take a closer look to ensure they are hiring a ‘real pet sitter’ to care for their pets.”
Pet Sitters International–of which Montgomery County Pet Sitters is a member–suggests you ask these 7 important questions when interviewing a potential pet sitter:
1. Does the pet sitter have the proper business license for your city or state?
Teresa Chavez of Montgomery County Pet Sitters is currently established as a sole proprietorship.
2. Is the pet sitter insured and bonded?
Teresa Chavez is insured and bonded through Business Insurers of the Carolinas. Proof of insurance and bonding is available at our first consultation.
3. Can the pet sitter provide proof of clear criminal history?
Teresa Chavez has no criminal record–not even a speeding ticket! Proof provided upon request.
4. Does the pet sitter provide client references?
In additional to the real testimonials on this website, we will provide names, telephone numbers and email addresses of current clients.
5. Will the pet sitter use a pet-sitting services agreement or contract?
Yes, we use contracts that are considered industry standards in the pet care world.
6. Is the pet sitter a PSI Certified Professional Pet Sitter and/or has he or she participated in pet-care training, such as pet first aid?
Teresa is currently enrolled in the American Red Cross pet first aid course.
7. Is the pet sitter a member of a professional and educational association, such as Pet Sitters International?
Yes, Teresa is a member in good standing of Pet Sitters International. She regularly takes part in seminars and webinars and regularly utilizes the organization’s educational resources.