What are the Benefits of Using a Professional Pet Sitter vs. Kenneling Your Pet(s)?

We did a price comparison and research to give you an idea of the difference between pet sitting service vs. kennel/boarding options.

No Frills Kennels: Starting at $19-$22 per one dog. That means no walks, no love and attention. NOTHING but getting to go out for a few minutes twice a day. However, they will let you add walks, love and attention, treats, playtime and meds; ALL FOR EXTRA COSTS!!!! If you add a walk, love, play and a treat you will now pay $34 per day… and that is for only
one dog.

With Frills Kennels: Again they are in a cage or upgraded to a suite, which has a bed and maybe even a TV, so, the atmosphere is much better. You will pay anywhere from $28-$35 per day for one dog, add another dog and add another $20 to the same room. Want walks, play-time or love…add another $16 for each dog. You end up paying around $46 per day for one dog or $66 for two dogs.

Some Kennels even have a policy that if your pet does not eat or drink in more than 24 hours, they call your vet. If they have to entice the pet to eat, they will charge you more to feed them special items. If kennels have this as a part of their policy, what do you think this says? It says that a lot of dogs DO NOT EAT OR DRINK WHILE IN THEIR CARE. The reason for that is STRESS and ANXIETY for your pet and of course now you too!

Additional Bathing:

In most cases your pet will need to have a bath before going home or when they get home. This means they often come home with kennel smell. These bath costs extra at the vets or more work for you when you get home from a business or vacation.

More to Consider:
Kennels keep certain hours and if you do not get home during working hours you will typically charged additional time and need to leave your pet for an additional night.

Conclusion: In short, it is my opinion that some dogs or cats do great in a kennel or boarding situation, however there are many that DO NOT. They can experience the shakes while they are there and come home with diarrhea, illnesses, fleas and refuse to eat for days. The other benefit to consider your pet will be home when you are too.

You will find that Pure Love Pet Sitters are true pet lovers that have a passion for caring for your furry loved ones and are going to lavish them with love, care and attention.

Why Hire a Professional Pet Sitter vs. a Hobbyist or Family Member?

Pet Sitters International (PSI), the world’s largest educational association for professional pet sitters, encourages pet owners to only use the services of professional pet sitters for their pet-care needs instead of using a college student, pet lover or other sitter that is not professional.

“With so many new websites and apps advertising pet sitters and dog walkers, it can be difficult for pet owners to know who they can trust,” explained PSI Vice-President Beth Stultz. “It’s important that pet owners understand that there are professional pet-sitting and dog-walking businesses that offer peace of mind that other pet-care options cannot.”

PSI encourages pet owners to do their due diligence when selecting pet-care providers. News stories of tragedies caused by pet lovers looking to earn extra cash and calling themselves “pet sitters” have become more common as the number of pet-care directory sites has grown and articles have touted pet sitting as an easy side job. While these pet lovers are likely well-intentioned, they often lack the experience, education and insurance coverage needed should a pet emergency or other unfortunate situation occur.

“Just because someone is a pet lover and has a profile on an online directory—or even on a nationally-publicized site—doesn’t ensure he or she is a qualified pet sitter operating a legitimate business,” added Stultz. “In today’s sharing economy anyone can offer their services online, so it’s important for pet owners to take a closer look to ensure they are hiring not just a pet lover, but a pet lover who is also a true pet-care professional.”

PSI encourages pet owners to ask any potential pet sitter seven important questions:

  • Does the pet sitter have the proper business license for your city or state, if required?
  • Is the pet sitter insured and bonded?
  • Can the pet sitter provide proof of clear criminal history?
  • Does the pet sitter provide client references?
  • Will the pet sitter use a pet-sitting services agreement or contract?
  • Is the pet sitter a member of a professional and educational association, such as Pet Sitters International?

It may be tempting to hire any ole pet sitter to save money, but it can really come with great consequences. Due your homework and make sure you are sighing a professional sitter with credentials.