When we receive new inquiries for pet care, we are often asked how much notice is needed to book pet sitting service. We surely understand that life can’t always be perfectly planned and unexpected events happen.
A death, hospital stay, working late, or a last minute chance for a weekend getaway may leave you scrambling for pet care. Is it possible for a pet sitter to accommodate last minute requests?
How much notice is needed to book pet sitting service?
Improve Your Chances
To improve your chances for last minute pet care, it is suggested that you establish a relationship with a pet sitter before the unexpected happens. A pet sitting service is much more likely to be able to fit your request in if they already have all your information, a signed contract, house keys, and have previously met you and your pets.
This however does not guarantee your pet sitter will be available. If your pet sitter operates as a solo operation with no employees, independent contractors, or incidental help, they may not be able to fit you in so easily.
A pet sitting business who operates with staff may have more availability but they too at times have to turn away last minute requests. Professional pet sitters only accept a certain number of reservations per day in order to provide the best care for your pets. When the schedule is filled, any other service requests must be denied.
Plan In Advance When Possible
Most pet sitting clients reserve care for their pets well in advance, especially during summer and holidays. This is a very busy time for pet sitters and the schedule fills up quickly.
If you do have an emergency or an opportunity to get out of town for a few days, you should still call your pet sitter. They may be able to rearrange their schedule. Be prepared though that some times your pet sitter will have to tell you no, unfortunately they just can’t squeeze in one more pet visit. Offering to pay double will not help. When schedules are full they are full and a professional pet sitter will not shorten those pet visits that were booked in advance to fit in more.
Have you ever been in a situation where you needed last minute pet care? What did you do?
Best in Pet Services provides professional pet sitting and dog walking in Beaver County, PA. Our pet sitters and dog walkers are available in Beaver, New Brighton, Beaver Falls, Monaca, Rochester, and surrounding areas.