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Why is professional pet sitting worth paying for?

A Google search for pet sitters yields many results, including one site that proudly announces, “The most caring sitters will pet sit for free.”
To be sure, there are many people who will watch your animals at no charge. But for those who DO charge, it has nothing to do with how much–or as implied here, how LITTLE–they care about animals.
Here’s why we, and other professional sitters, charge for our services:
1. Pet Sitting is what we DO. Most pro sitters pet sit full time (like all day, every day, 365 days a year). We don’t split our time between walking dogs and working full-time at an office. Pet sitting is how we pay our bills and care for own pets.
2. We invest in our business. Pro sitters have things that ‘hobby’ sitters generally do not–like insurance (in case your dog bites someone while on a walk, or your vase from your honeymoon 20 years ago gets smashed during a game of inside fetch on a snowy day). Those insurance policies are essential but expensive for us to have.
3. Professional affiliations. Most pro sitters are members of organizations like Pet Sitters International, and that also costs money every year.
4. We invest in ourselves. Pro sitters tend to have extra training and certificates that better prepare them for the care of your animals. All those extra classes, certifications, and seminars cost money.
5. We LOVE animals! It’s why we do what we do, and why we work so hard and stay up to date on the latest care, training methods, first aid and CPR protocols, and everything else we invest in our company.

Do the most caring people pet sit for free? Not always.

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