• Nikki Vacy-Lyle

Don’t Entrust Your Pets’ Care To ‘Pet Lovers’

Updated: Sep 27, 2019

Pet PA encourages pet owners to do their research and hire not just a ‘pet lover’, but a pet lover who is also a true pet care professional for their pet care needs.

For local pet owners to travel (whether for work, pleasure or emergencies) searching for someone to watch their pets while they’re away is likely on their to-do list. Pet PA, which offers pet sitting services in Gauteng, encourages pet owners to only use the services of professional pet carers for their pet care needs.


With so many new websites and apps freely advertising pet sitters, it can be difficult for pet owners to know who they can trust! It’s important that pet owners understand that there are professional pet sitting businesses that offer peace of mind that other pet care options cannot.

Pet PA encourages pet owners to do their due diligence when selecting pet sitters. News stories of tragedies caused by pet lovers looking to earn extra cash and calling themselves “pet sitters” have become more common. While these pet lovers are likely well-intentioned, they often lack the experience, education and the necessary skills needed should a pet emergency or other unfortunate situation occur.


It is common-stance that these pet lovers say they have owned pets their whole lives, unfortunately this is insufficient experience to care for someone else’s pet and does not provide the in depth knowledge, handling and expertise that Pet PA Carers have acquired.


Just because someone is a pet lover and has a profile on a free online directory doesn’t ensure he or she is an experienced pet sitter operating with the required skillset. In today’s sharing economy anyone can offer their services online for free, so it’s important for pet owners to take a closer look to ensure they are hiring not just a pet lover, but a pet lover who is also a true pet care professional.


Pet PA is a member of Pet Sitters International (PSI), the world’s leading educational association for professional pet carers!


PSI encourages pet owners to ask any potential pet sitter seven important questions:

- Does the pet sitter provide client references that are not personal friend/s or family member/s?

- Will the pet sitter use a pet sitting services agreement/ contract?

- Has the pet sitter participated in any pet care training, or have any certifications such as pet first aid etc?

- Is the pet sitter a member of a professional and educational association, such as Pet Sitters International?


PSI also advises pet owners to schedule an initial consultation with a potential pet sitter prior to booking services.

Because Pet PA comes to the clients’ homes, pets’ routines are uninterrupted, exposure to illness is minimised, and they don’t experience the stress of a new environment. Pet owners have peace of mind that their pets are well cared for while they are away.


Don't trust just anyone, trust Pet PA.


To learn more about Pet PA, visit www.mypetPA.co.za, email info@mypetPA.co.za or call/ WhatsApp/ SMS 083 798 2626. Otherwise you can find us on social media: Facebook www.facebook.com/mypetPASouthAfrica or Instagram: www.instagram.com/mypetPASouthAfrica



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