Rates and Services
Mileage fee is included in all services if the home is within our service area.
BASIC SITTING SERVICES
Initial Meeting - complimentary
Schedule an initial home visit so we can get to know you, your pet babies, your home, and your routine! This meeting is required if you are a new customer and would like us to sit for you. This meeting should last approximately one hour.
If you are a returning customer, and there has been a significant change in your routine or pet family, we can also arrange an update meeting at no cost.
Pet Care Visit Options
Our pet care visits are offered in the mornings and evenings. At this time we are only able to offer mid-day visits under special circumstances.
Pet Care Visit - 30 minutes - $18
A single visit that lasts for 30 minutes. This is great for a few small pets and/or a quick potty break.
Pet Care Visit - 45 minutes - $22
A single visit that lasts 45 minutes. Ideal for taking care of several pets, or a longer playtime!
Pet Care Visit - 1 hour - $26
A single visit that lasts 1 whole hour. Great for those who have a lot of babies, and/or want lots of playtime!
Pet Exercise Run! - $15 per 10 minutes (up to 30 minutes)
Is your pet normally your exercise partner? We'll help you keep up their routine!
This 10 minute time slot is in addition to the time for the pet care visit. For safety, we will only run one pet at a time.
Further Description of Basic Pet Services
What happens during the Initial Meeting?
The Initial meeting is crucial to the effectiveness of the sitter's professional services. Following is a list of what is involved and discussed in the initial meeting, including what information you should have ready to give the sitter. To help things go smoothly, have all instructions for the sitter prepared ahead of time.
Meet the pets – Some animals can be territorial in their home space. It is important that the pet sees the owner having friendly interactions with the sitter so that the pet does not view the sitter as a dangerous intruder. A short walk or play session will take place. If the pet owner believes that the pet may have territorial aggression issues once the owner is no longer present, additional exercises and preparations may take place to make the pet as comfortable with the situation and the sitter as possible.
Allotted Territory – A discussion will take place regarding where the pet is allowed to go inside the house, and where they will be walked (if applicable) outside the house.
Pet supplies – The locations of any supplies needed by the pet (bowls, food, water, litter box, medication, bedding, toys, cleaning supplies, leashes, etc.) must be shown in the place that they will be during the sitting. The owner will also show the sitter how and where they would like the sitter to dispose of pet waste and how and where to wash any pet beds or towels.
Housekeeping duties – The owner must show the sitter where to place the mail or paper, if applicable. If the owner has opted for any extra duties, the procedures for these duties and location of any supplies will be discussed at this time.
House Emergencies – in case of an emergency, the locations of the following must be shown: Fuse box, emergency water shut-off valve, fire extinguisher.
Key Exchange - If the owner is satisfied with the initial meeting, they will provide the sitter with keys for use during the sitting.
What all goes on during a visit?
Upon arrival at the owner's home, the sitter will begin by picking up the mail and the newspaper, if applicable. They will then enter the home and perform a general walk-through of the premises to check for any irregularities in the home and the general status of each pet.
If the owner has specified that any house-related chores or check-ins should be conducted prior to pet care, they'll be taken care of after the walk-through.
Next, the sitter will attend to all duties involved in the pet's care. During the pet's care time,
- They will be fed and their water will be replaced.
- They will have their "business" tended to, whether that involves being taken outside to relieve themselves, cleaning litter boxes, or spot cleaning a cage. If applicable, the pet may be walked or ran outside on a leash in a pre-discussed location.
- Their exercise and play needs will be met in a method discussed with the owner, including letting all caged pets out to play.
- If there are any other rituals that the owner performs on a daily or few-times-weekly, such as a daily brushing, shower, or dust bath, these will also be included. Our goal is to give your pet as close to their regular day-to-day routine as possible.
Following pet care, any additional chores specified by the owner for that day will be performed according to their directions. Let the sitter know if you would like any lights rotated or any trash taken out. Any add-on services for which you paid an extra fee are outside the specified time for the visit.
A final walk-through will be conducted before leaving the house.
EXTRA PET SERVICES
Pet Taxi - $25 per hour plus 50 cents per mile
Does your pet need a ride to the vet or a groomer? We can help!
Small Animal Nail Trim - $5
For small mammals such as ferrets. We cannot trim bird nails or beaks.
Bath Time! - $15
Need that monthly bath taken care of? We got your back. Owner must provide pet shampoo, towels, and a place to give the bath. Not available to cats, dogs, or other large pets, as we are not groomers. Daily routines such as brushing, daily bird showers, and dust baths are included in the daily pet visit fee.
Clean Your Room! - $10-30, depending on cage size.
If you will be gone for a longer period of time, and your pet needs a more thorough cage cleaning, dumping, or scrubbing, or if it's just time for the cage's annual deep-clean, we will be happy to assist. Owners must provide supplies and means to clean the cage, such as soaps, a garden hose or shower head for spraying water, or a bathtub in which to clean the cage. Spot cleans are included in the pet's daily visit.
A La Carte for the Home
Paper and Mail Sitting - FREE
We'll be happy to pick up the paper and mail on our way in.
Plant Sitting - cost varies by amount and complexity
Plants need to eat--er, drink--too! We're happy to take care of them as well!
Floor Sitting - $12 per room
This is a great option if you have pets that shed a lot or are generally messy! We'll give your carpet a quick vacuum or your kitchen a quick swiffer before you come home. Must provide your own cleaning equipment and a decently clutter-free floor.
Fridge Sitting - $15
This is a great option if you have been gone on a long vacation and/or are coming home late! You arrange a grocery pick-up with the store of your choice. We'll pick up those groceries on our final visit so that you don't have to come home to an empty fridge! A mileage fee may incur if the store is not along the route to your home.
Empty Nest House Sitting - $25
Perhaps you have no pets (although we must wonder what brought you to THIS website!), but would just like someone to stop in to stop in and check on your home. Not only will your home have that "lived-in" look that deters break-ins, but you can also relax with the knowledge that if there is an unexpected issue with your water or gas line, just to name a few, someone will find it quickly. We'll be happy to stop by, pick up the paper and mail, rotate lights, and perform regular home maintenance and walk-throughs.
Custom Home Sitting - Custom price
Part of our duty is not only to care for your fur/feather/scale babies, but to care for your home in the same way that you would. If there is some regular chore that you would attended to in order to help maintain your home, we'll be happy to assist.
**Key Sitting - FREE**
If you are regularly out of town, could be called away at a moment's notice, and/or plan on asking us to sit again, consider this option. We'll be happy to keep copies of your keys on hand (SAFELY STORED!), ready to use the next time we come over to play.
Referral Discount - 50% off referrer's next sitting
For every new customer you help refer to us that uses our services, you'll receive half-off your next day of sitting!
Extra and Oopsie Fees
Holiday Surcharge - $10 per day
On specified holidays, there is a $10 fee for the day. Holidays include:
New Year's Day (January 1).
Independence Day (July 4).
Thanksgiving Day (Fourth Thursday in November).
Christmas Eve (December 24).
Christmas Day (December 25).
Key Pick-Up and Drop-Off - $10
Prior to sitting, the owner must leave two sets of keys with the sitter. The keys may be supplied to the sitter at the initial meeting for no extra charge. A key pick-up fee incurs if the sitter must retrieve the keys at a later time.
Because emergencies and surprises happen, the pet sitter will not leave keys in the house on the final visit. In regards to returning keys to the owner, the owner may either enroll in the "Key Sitting" service for free, or may arrange for a drop-off with the sitter.
Food Replacement Fee - Cost of food plus $15, OR cost of supplies plus $25 if food is home-made
Be sure that your pet has plenty of food for your time away, and have extra food in case the sitter's services must be extended due to an unexpected delay in your return. This fee will incur if the pet's food runs out during the sitting and must be replaced.
Last-Minute Scheduling Fee - +50% First Visit
We request sufficient notice of sitting appointments, but understand that emergencies happen. If less than 24 hours notice is given, there will be a 50% increase on all services for the first day of sitting. If you are a new customer, we cannot accept a sitting job if there is no time for an initial meeting.
Late Cancellation Fee - Cost of the First Visit
If you are no longer in need of our services, we request ample notice to let us know that you have cancelled. During a non-holiday period, failure to cancel by 7:00 the evening prior to the first visit so will result in payment of the visit for the first day of sitting.
Cancellations made between November 15th and January 5th will result in a 50% forfeiture of the bill, regardless of how much notice is given.
Neglect to Cancel Fee - Cost of visit
If a customer forgets to call to cancel a visit, or they arrive home early from a trip and do not notify the sitter, the customer forfeits the cost of the visit for the day.
It will be ultimately be up to the discretion of the sitter to determine how long a service will take, and thus how much the customer will be charged. The sitter cannot be expected to complete a visit in what they believe is an hours-worth of work in 30 minutes. All services will be discussed between the sitter and the pet owner before the sitting takes place, although adjustments may need to be made as the sittings take place due to unforeseen circumstances. In these cases, the owner may be charged for excess time or services, or fees added, and the owner will be billed accordingly upon their return. Any changes made will be discussed with the owner.