Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
Why should a pet owner use a pet sitter?
Veterinarians and pet experts alike believe that keeping pets in their own environment helps to reduce the stress they go through when their owners leave home. It is easier to keep up with their diet and exercise routine. They are also more likely to enjoy the personal attention given to them by their pet sitter. This also gets rid of the trauma of being transported and decreases their exposure to sickness from other animals.
What kinds of pets do you care for?
My clients are primarily cats, dogs & bunnies. However, I regularly take care of fish, turtles & other small animals. Also can care for goats, horses & cows, tho you will need to show me the basics.
Why I do not offer every other day service for cats?
Cats tend to eat things they should not, like strings and plants that can cause obstructions that can lead to complicated problems for them and for you, and if there are any health concerns like these or otherwise, seeing your cat daily can lessen and/or eliminate the consequences of such issues.
Monitoring your cat's habits and environment is vital. For example: Living in the desert it can get pretty hot and if your AC was to go out it would not be good for your cat to be sitting in such heat. Or getting locked in a room and not being able to get to their food, water or litter box. These are just a few of the things that having a daily pet sitter, such as myself, can help with to keep your precious pets safe and give you peace of mind while you are gone!
What services do you provide? What are your Service Hours?
I provide Pet Sitting (daily drop-in visits), Cat Sitting, & Home Checks (no pets).
As many visits as you need. Usually 1-4 visits per day. Many of my clients pick a morning, afternoon & evening visit when they go away on vacation. Service Hours are 7am to 9pm.
Do you offer Dog walking, Or can you walk my dogs?
No, Unfortunately I don't offer this service. Do to past experiences with my own dog getting bit by a stray roaming dog and requiring extensive surgery, I don't feel safe enough to walk someone else's dog in my care. Most of my clients have a large enough backyard that we can do outside activities, run around and play or do inside activities to keep them active. I do provide dog and cat creative enrichment play.
What is Covid-19 Certified?
I understand clients are still traveling and needing visits and expect some clients may need to leave town to care for sick relatives. I am certified to follow all the recommended procedures to prevent contact between humans to prevent transmission. I am taking the necessary precautions at every clients house with cleaning, wiping down counters, door handles and continuing to constantly washing hands before & after every visit.
Do you Administer Medication?
Yes I do. I can do these forms – Injections, Pills & Liquids.
Note: Clients with pets needing medications should be prepared to give a demonstration of their preferred method of administering medication during their meet and greet.
Do you have references?
Yes, I am happy to provide references to first time clients. Testimonials & Reviews of my services are also available on my website.
Are you Bonded & Insured?
Yes, I am BONDED, and INSURED. with Pet Sitters Associates
What does it mean that you are bonded and insured?
A dishonesty bond gives you peace of mind that you will be reimbursed if anything is stolen from your home. Anyone that has workers enter their home should be sure that they have a dishonesty bond. I also carry a liability insurance policy that protects from financial loss in the event that I were liable for accidents that occur while caring for my clients pets. Any responsible, professional business should carry liability insurance.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
My education has been in animal science & animal behavior. I also keep up to date with online courses and in-person seminars and networking events. I have training and paid experience in:
- First Aid/CPR training for pets
- Cat health and care
- Dog health and care
- Small animal health and care
- Basic obedience for dogs
- Agility training
- I am a member of:
- APPSA (Arizona Professional Pet Sitters & Associates), PSI (Pet Sitters International), PUPS (Professional United Pet Sitters) & American Pet Professionals.
Is it OK to have you share sitting duties with our friends or neighbors?
No. I am sorry, but I do not accommodate this request for liability reasons. It violates my insurance & service agreement. I can not be held accountable for other people you invite into your home while you are gone or have shared duties. Shared duties means you have another member of your family, friend or a neighbor come care for your pets on top of a pet sitter or another person. If you hire a pet sitter they should be the ONLY person in your home during your vacation or time away.
What is your Cancellation Policy?
While we understand what it’s like to have a busy and ever-changing schedule, reservations are made to plan availability to clients.
Shawn’s Pet Sitting DOES NOT GIVE REFUNDS OR CREDITS for vacation or holiday pet care.
Clients returning home early will be required to pay for the reserved amount of time scheduled. If more than 72 hours is given for trip cancellation with a valid reason, (family emergency, etc.) a credit will be applied, valid for one year. For ongoing clients with set schedules, cancellations will be credited to the following invoice. Clients are required to pay for any and all same day cancellations.
What happens if my pet gets ill or injured?
Your pet is very important to me! If your pet should become ill while you are away you will be notified immediately. If it is after normal office hours I will take you pet to the emergency clinic you have designated. I will do what is in the best interest of your pet. I will also discuss this plan at our consultation.
What happens if I can’t return on the date I’m supposed to?
I understand things don’t always go as planned. I will continue service until you notify me that you have returned home. I do ask for as much notice as possible though.
What if I need your services at the last minute?
Once we have had a meet & greet/consultation, I will always do my best to accommodate your needs.
It is much easier to honor last minute and emergency services when I have your key or code on file.
How much advance notice do you require before service?
There is no such thing as booking a service “too early!” I am happy to accept last-minute requests as my schedule can accommodate. However, if you aren’t a current client, we must have a meet & greet prior to any service. So, for this you will need to book early to make sure we can fit in a timely meet & greet. No same day services will be accepted for new clients not in the system.
What Forms of Payments do you accept?
I accept Cash, Checks, Zelle, & Paypal.
What are your payment terms?
Payment for your pet sitting services is due before or at the time of your first scheduled visit.
How can I contact you about providing services for my pet(s)?
The easiest would be to fill out my contact form on the website. This sends me a direct message to know you are waiting for me to contact you. Or, Call/Text me @623-308-5167, Or Send me an email @ [email protected] My preferred method of contact is text or email.
This will be how I contact you when servicing your pets while you are away.
Also note that I will contact you during business hours, if you contact me while I am closed, I will text/email/call you the next morning. If you have called and do not hear from me please send me a text or email. Service out here isn't always reliable and I don't always get the call or voicemail.
**Please respond with your name, dates in question, city/neighborhood with cross streets, and what type of pets you have.
Are there extra costs for services rendered on a holiday?
Yes, I charge an additional rate for these holidays: New Year's Day, Easter, Memorial Weekend (Friday, Saturday & Sunday), Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day Weekend ( Friday, Saturday & Sunday), Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve.
Do I need to give you a key to my house?
Yes, I request a key in addition to any garage or door code to your home during the initial consultation. A key is requested in addition to keyless entry methods in case the power goes out or the batteries should fail. It is suggested that clients allow me to retain the key safely in my possession for future pet sitting needs. However, the key may also be returned to client personally after services are rendered. If the key is returned to Client, there will be a service charge each time I make a trip to Client’s home to pick up or drop off the key.
Can I come to your house to drop off & pick up the key?
Since I do not have a storefront, and for the privacy & security of my own home, family members & pets. I do not allow others to come to me to drop off or pick up keys.
We will be staying in a local Hotel, Can you visit our pet(s) there?
No. Due to the complexity of arrangements and other insurance considerations, I do not perform pet-sitting when the clients are staying at hotels/motels.
Can I drop my pet off at your house?
No. I do not provide boarding or kenneling in my home. I only provide service in the clients home where the pets can remain in the comfort of their own home. If you are looking for a boarder or kennel I can recommend a few places to you.
What else should I know?
While I am in your home for short daily visits there are some rules that I follow that help ensure my safety and the safety of your pets:
I do NOT answer the door or phone.
I do NOT do housework. While I take great care of your home and endeavor to keep it tidy for when you come home, I am pet-sitting service, not a house-cleaning service.
I limit my conversations and interactions with your neighbors as much as possible. I don’t answer their questions or give them information about you or your whereabouts.
What areas do you service?
I provide service to Buckeye, Goodyear, Litchfield Park and Waddell and in these zip codes: 85326, 85396, 85338, 85395, 85340, 85355
If you live in a neighborhood with a paved/blacktop road, I provide service to you.
*Sorry, I do not service dirt/gravel roads.* My car is not equipped to handle such roads.
Do you have a referral program?
Yes! Existing clients will receive a $20 credit for every new client they refer who books services.
(credit will be received after completion of the new booking).
New clients who are referred to Shawn’s Pet Sitting by an existing client will receive 10% off their first booking (covers 7 days of services).
**If you have a question and you don’t see it above, please send me an email & I will answer your question. I try to base all of my questions off what I look for in a pet sitter.
Shawn's Pet Sitting offers Pet Sitting in Buckeye, Goodyear, Litchfield Park and Waddell, AZ
and for the following zip codes: 85326, 85396, 85338, 85395, 85340, 85355