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Question DetailsAsked on 8/18/2011

How do I know if a Pet Sitter is legitimate??

How to find a Pet Sitter?

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There are many Ohio-based pet sitters with great reviews on Angie's List. If you haven't tried, do a search on or try calling our call center at 1-888-944-LIST

Answered 9 years ago by Cas


Always ask for references and follow up by contacting those references. (Checking with Angie's List is a great place to start.) A professional pet sitter will also have insurance and, if applicable, bonding.
Also, ask about length of time in business, their experience level with your particular species/breed of pet and any additional training they may have undergone. (Pet First Aid training, for example.) A legitimate pet sitter will also have a firm backup plan in place, in case they have an emergency situation arise and can't make their visits.
I also think it's a good idea to ask how they might deal with a theoretical situation - what would they do if your dog got off leash on a walk, for example. You want to be sure their philosophy of proper pet care is similar to your own.

Answered 9 years ago by ThePetCompany


Search via the locator at, which is the site for Pet Sitters International. Members are licensed, bonded, and insured and often are certified in pet first aid.


Answered 9 years ago by aardvarkstozebras


A professional pet sitter carries business/liability insurance and is bonded. They will have a contract and supply you with numerous references (including phone numbers). I suggest you also call veterinarians in the pet sitters' service area to get their feedback. They should also be members of Pet Sitters International and/or National Association of Professional Pet Sitters. The pet sitter should be a CERTIFIED PET SITTER!!! They should be certified in CPR for the type of pet you have. Before the initial meeting with the pet sitter, visit the pet sitting organization web sites for a list of questions to ask. It is best that the pet sitter isn't doing the job as a part time gig. This is a full time, 7 days a week profession. If they hire help (independent contractors), make sure you know who will be caring for your pets during your absence. You want to meet that person too. Make sure you have a local person for the pet sitter to call in case of an emergency that is non-pet related. This happens. Basements flood, storms occur, snow needs to be shoveled.

Answered 7 years ago by Guest_99453123

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