Pet Sitting Q&A

WHY DO YOU PROVIDE TRANSPORTATION?
Our goal is to provide the least amount of stress for your pet.
We have found that the best transition for your family member is for one of our Pet Chauffeurs to escort your pup to his ‘Home Away From Home’. We take special care to introduce your pet to the Host Family.
We allow him/her to get comfortable with the home inside and out. We observe him/her in this new environment to make sure he/she will adjust nicely. If not we always have An alternate host available.We take an inventory of his/her belongings so that we get them back to you at the end of the vacation.
We also have found that it is much less stressful when we, instead of the pet parent, introduce the Host Family to their guests. Dogs pick up on your uneasiness which often makes them a bit nervous Say ‘bye bye’ to them at the front door and leave the rest to us.

CAN I MEET THE HOST?
Sometimes.  Due to privacy issues, most hosts appreciate the anonymity of taking pets through Pets Are Inn. Many of the Host families are retired persons, stay-at-home moms, or individuals who work from home.  It is also disruptive to the pet they are taking care of. We can give you information about the family that your pet is staying with. For example make-up of the family unit, location, how long hosting with Pets Are Inn, any children or pet they may have, hours away from home, etc.  After our initial meeting, if you still need to meet the host, we will try to arrange a meeting.

HOW DO WE CHECK UP ON OUR PET?
You can call or email 8 am – 8pm any day to check up on your pet.

DO YOU TAKE CARE OF OLDER PETS OR PETS WITH  SPECIAL NEEDS?
We try to accommodate all requests so please inform the office of your needs to determine if we have an appropriate home. (This may include: seizures, pill administration, blindness or impaired vision, deafness, limited steps or ability to walk, etc.) There may an extra daily charge dependent upon needs. Some of our Host Families are knowledgeable in treating diabetic pets.

HOW DO I KNOW YOU WILL TAKE PROPER CARE OF MY PET?
All of our host families are animal lovers. They are caring for pets because they love them. Yes, we do pay them, but they are not going to make mortgage payments with their earnings.Remember, we usually allow them one family’s pet(s) at a time.. Whenever we’re in the home dropping off or picking up pets; we monitor for cleanliness, safety, and attitude toward each pet. Each host passed an initial phone screening and then an interview in their home. Each home was checked for safety and security as well as their experience with pets. We would never give your pet to a home that we had not thoroughly checked out

HOW DO YOU FIND YOUR HOST FAMILIES?
Our Host Families go through a screening process to ensure that your pet is in a pet-loving, secure environment. Some of our Host Families have been referred by other Host Families. Some Hosts were former clients who lost their pet.  Some are clients who would like a companion for their pet.  All enjoy the companionship of pets and are interested in providing your pet a comfortable home-away-from-home.    If a Host has a pet, that pet is passive, non -alpha personality , loves to be with other dogs.   Many hosts do not have any dogs or cats  of their own but love pets and are willing to open their home to guests.

WHAT HAPPENS IF MY PET BECOMES ILL?

We always attempt to contact you or your emergency contact person first.If your pet should get sick during normal clinic hours we will contact the clinic that you have given us. If it is during non-office hours then we will contact the emergency vet clinic

WILL MY DOG BE KEPT IN A CAGE?
Our hosts do not have cages. If your pet normally uses a kennel, sent it along. Your pet is transported in kennels for their safety. If your pet is destructive, chews a lot or is incontinent, we strongly recommend that a kennel is sent. Sometimes  a baby gate may be used to block off the staircase or other room.

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