If you need help caring for your pets for any reason – you’re working late, you have a loved one in poor health, you are finally going on vacation, etc. – have you thought about the arrangements you are going to make for them during your absence?
Well, if you are going to be away or simply unavailable to care for your pets, don’t feel bad because we, and they, all know that life’s circumstances sometimes prevent us from doing what we want to do (i.e. spending time with our pets) and force us to do what we have to do. While not all of the time we spend away from our home is filled with laborious, undesirable tasks, it still does make it necessary to recruit help when it comes to caring for our furry family members.
When things, unexpected or otherwise, require us to be away from home, we need to make arrangements for someone else to care for our pets in the same way we have to make arrangements for someone else to tend to our children. Surprisingly, it’s probably going to be easier for you to arranondering why that’s the case and your curiosity is completely understandable. After all, most would think it’s easier to let Fido out in a fenced backyard to do his “business” than it is to run your three year-old to daycare, playdates, etc. during your absence.
The truth is, your children can tell you about the experiences they had while you were away by using their words, your pets cannot. Depending on their ages, your children can make do in virtually any situation given the things you’ve taught them during their lifetimes. Your pets, on the other hand, cannot let themselves out to go to the bathroom or open a pantry door to access their food.
The result of these facts is that anyone who assumes responsibility for your kids knows that his/her treatment of them will be scrutinized upon your return so the caregiver is going to be on his/her best behavior. Of course, this also means that anyone who cares for your pets while you are away also knows that he/she doesn’t have to be worried about your dog or cat telling you if he/she had to skip a meal due to a caregiver failing to show up or any other mishap that occurs as a result of substandard care.
With that in mind, why would you be willing to pay someone to care for your kids, but not your pets? When you put your furry family members in the hands of someone else, there is always an inherent risk to their well-being. Since that’s the case, why wouldn’t you hold the person responsible for your pets to the same standards that you hold the individual caring for your kids to?
Whenever you need help tending to your pets, make sure that the person caring for them is a professional pet sitter, not a “helpful” neighbor, family member or part-time “professional.” Make sure the person you hire has insurance to protect your interests. Make sure the individual is bonded and runs a legitimate business, too. Check the person’s references. Meet with the individual and introduce him/her to your pets’ routine so the person knows how to provide care for your them.
If a person or company presents themselves as a professional pet sitter, but can’t provide proof of insurance, know that they are in no way, shape or form professional and that leaving your pets in their care puts not only your pets, but you, your home and your livelihood at risk.
Don’t make an irreversible mistake when you can’t take care of your pets. Always use a truly professional pet sitter to provide care when you can’t.