A good pet sitter can be hard to find. I learned this myself when I needed to find someone to take care of my cat River while away on a work trip this year.
It took time to navigate all the marketplaces and find someone trustworthy and affordable to take care of her. When you find a good sitter, regardless of the services, they’ll care for your dog, cat, or exotic pet just like you do.
Always make sure to tip your pet sitter, and a licensed and bonded sitter is always best.
Whether you need someone to take your dog on a walk, stay at your home to watch over your cat, or feed your python while you’re away, one of these services can match you with the perfect person.
The National Association of Professional Pet Sitters has the best list of professional, licensed, bonded, insured professional sitters. If anything happens while you’re gone, you’ll be legally protected with everyone you hire from this pre-vetted marketplace.
Wag offers a wide variety of services for dogs, and you can leave your key in a lockbox on your door. When the walker or sitter shows up, they unlock the box with their phone, giving you peace of mind that your dog is being walked, fed, or visited in a secure manner.
Care.com cares about more than just your pets. You can find someone to watch over your kids, elderly or disabled relatives, house, or whatever else you value.
Rover is one of the newer pet sitting marketplaces. I hired a couple people through the app, and it wasn’t as intuitive or easy as Wag. The GUI is acceptable, and there are a lot of independent pet sitters listing themselves, though, and it has better support for cats than any other app on this list.
Fetch! is another dog-centric app that can support other pets with some work on your end. It’s a great place to find a competent pet sitter.
MindMyHouse is a large house-sitting database, and you can have your hired help watch over your pets while you’re away too.
Now that your home is taken care of, get in the mood for your road trip with these classic movies.