Can’t take your beloved pets with you on vacation – Get a trusted pet sitter
Don’t want to put your pets in kennel when you travel? Try a trusted pet sitter
If you’re like us and have never boarded your pets (nor want to) at a kennel you need some alternate solutions for when you can’t bring your furry family with you. In the past we’ve been lucky to have family or friends either stay at our house with our pets or have them in their homes. However lately we’ve been challenged to find someone to care for our two dogs and cat when we can’t travel with them. Fortunately for many of you, TrustedHousitters, Europe’s largest global community of pet owners and pet sitters has launched in the United States!
Our girl Luna above is now blind and she and her siblings have never been boarded. We feel that in her senior years without her sight we definitely can’t board her now. For many pet owners it is a dilemma to get the care for their pets as sadly it’s just not always plausible to take them with us on vacation. While we do plan some vacations where we can take them we wouldn’t subject our pets to planes. We know for our two dogs it would be too traumatic for them.
This is our Little Zeus (LZ) he does not do well with lots of other dogs around him and new environments.
Here’s where TurstedHousitters can help.
TrustedHousesitters is a global community of pet lovers helping each other travel the world by connecting pet owners with a network of verified pet sitters. And unlike other pet care sites, TrustedHousesitters welcomes all pets–including dogs, cats, chickens, lizards, horses and even a llama or two.
TrustedHousesitters’ affordable subscription model of $119 per year for unlimited pet sits and trips is the first of its kind in the U.S. Unlike a home rental or traditional pet care service, no money changes hands between members. People join the site not to make money, but because they love pets and they love to travel.
How TrustedHousesitters Works
Did you know that a 2016 TrustedHousesitters survey found that 50 percent of U.S. pet owners won’t travel due to inadequate pet care solutions.? Sounds about right to me as I’m one of those people. The process is simple:
- Pet owners post a request for pet sit. Posts include details about the house and surrounding area, and responsibilities (i.e., how many times a day the pet needs to be fed, will the sitter also be expected to water houseplants, etc.).
- Pet sitters apply for the post, including a message explaining what makes them uniquely qualified. Each sitter’s profile also includes a description of the individual’s experience and passions, external references, reviews from past pet sits and a three-step verification process which includes a background check. TrustedHousesitters offers the most robust verification process in the sharing economy, provided by external experts Onfido.
- Pet owners choose the perfect match from the pool of pet-loving applicants. Easy communication (users often video chat before choosing each other) means that, by the time users meet in person, they don’t feel like strangers–in fact, they often know more about each other than they do about their neighbors or house cleaners.
- Under the yearly membership, pet owners receive free unlimited pet sits from loving caregivers and pet sitters enjoy free, unlimited stays in homes around the world.
America Loves Pets and a study buy TrustedHousesitters shows how much. They analyzed a year’s worth of social media conversation, including Twitter, Facebook and Instagram (March 2016-March 2017) to identify the most popular pets in each state. Visit the interactive graph to learn which pets are most popular in your state.
If you’re like us and want to have your pets taken care of in their home and with another pet lover then you’ll definitely want to check out TrustedHousesitters.com. We’d love to see your photos of your pets, share on your favourite social media channel and use the hashtag #AmericaLovesPets.