Archive for Pet Sitters
Guide for Pet Owners New to the Scottsdale Area
For those pet owners who recently moved to Scottsdale, AZ, we would like to welcome you to the area! Here is a guide for all of your pet care needs in the Scottsdale area.
1. Find a Veterinarian.
Mobil Vet, Dr. Leininger of Vet on Wheels
2. Find a Pet Hospital Near You.
3. Locate a Pet Store.
4. Locate a Dog Park.
- Horizon Dog Park
- 15444 North 100th Street Scottsdale, Arizona 85260
- Chaparral Dog Park
- 5401 N. Hayden Road
5. Find a Pet Sitter.
6. Tips for Scottsdale Pet Owners.
- Summer temperatures are very hot. Keep your pets indoors during the months of May – September.
- Indigenous animals could cause harm to your pets while they are outdoors. Keep a close eye out for scorpions, snakes, hawks, coyotes, and mountain lions.
We are happy to provide more tips for pet owners new to the Scottsdale, AZ area. Call us for any tips, advice, referrals, or pet sitting reservations.
In-Home Pet Care and Dog Walking
Gilbert Family Prepares for a Pet Sitter
Before meeting with a new client in the Gilbert area, I was asked to provide her with a checklist to prepare her home and pets for a pet sitter. Here is a great check list for anyone who is planning to have a pet sitter care for their home and pets.
- Get Together: Meet with your sitter before you depart, so he or she may become comfortable with your pets and home. Allow your pets plenty of time to get to know your sitter, so they are at ease while you are away.
- Contact Info: Provide your pet sitter with all of your contact information, trip information, an emergency contact person, contact information of anyone else visiting the home, landlord contact information, and vet information. Give your vet and/or landlord your pet sitter’s contact info as well.
- Stock Up: Make sure you have plenty of food, water, litter, medicine, treats, toys, etc.
- Gather Up: Keep your pets leash, pet carrier, care instructions, cleaning products, and all other pet supplies in one general area that is easy to find.
- Secure Everything: Put ID tags on your pets, make sure the back yard is secure for dogs that may go, make sure the windows and doors are secure, provide your sitter with a “babysitter” code and password for your alarm system.
- Light it Up: Leave an outside light on for evening or early morning visits, and/ or leave a light/tv/radio on in the home for your pets. Leave the thermostat on a comfortable setting for your pets and sitter.
- Put it Away: Make sure that any dangerous plants, cleaning supplies, etc. are out of your pet’s reach.
- Give a Heads Up: Inform your sitter of anything out of the ordinary with your home or pets that they may need to watch out for. (ex. two pets that may not get along or a toilet that overflows).
Pet Sitting and Dog Walking
“An Alternative to Boarding”
What do pet sitting services include?
A local professional pet sitter will meet with you at your home in Gilbert or Scottsdale before your services begin to get acquainted with you and your pet(s) and to help you determine your specific needs for our pet sitting services. Based on your specifications, your sitter will then visit and care for your home and pet(s) up to three times per day and/or stay overnight in your home while you are away.
At your initial consultation, your sitter will tailor your services upon your requests. A typical visit consists of:
• Fresh food and water, a potty break, playtime, and a lots of TLC for your pets
• For your home we may pick up your mail, rotate lights, water household plants, and take out the trash.
Call TLC Pet Sitters to set up a FREE consultation at 480-588-1DOG (1364) or complete the Request a Consultation form
Gilbert – Scottsdale, Arizona
Dog Care, Walking, & Pet Sitting
TLC House & Pet Sitting Service, LLC
Earns Coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award
Award reflects businesses’ consistently high level of customer service
TLC House & Pet Sitting Service, LLC has been awarded the prestigious 2011 Angie’s List Super Service Award, an honor bestowed annually on approximately 5 percent of all the businesses rated on the nation’s leading provider of consumer reviews on local service companies.
“TLC House & Pet Sitting Service is proud to provide professional pet sitting services to our clients, and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to recognize the passion and dedication exhibited by each of our sitters,” stated Kara Jenkins, owner of TLC House & Pet Sitting Service,.
Kara Jenkins of TLC House & Pet Sitting Service, LLC provides professional pet sitting services tailored to clients and their pets in their natural home environment. With over 20 years of experience, their mission is to provide qualified, experienced, trusted and personalized care to their clients by offering them peace-of-mind while they are away. Licensed, bonded, and insured, TLC has been caring for all types of pets in Arizona since 2001 as the best “Alternative to Boarding.” 480-588-1364 (1DOG) ext 0, firstname.lastname@example.org P. O. Box 7864 Chandler, AZ, 85246 www.tlcpetsitter.com
“Only a fraction of the businesses rated on Angie’s List can claim the sterling customer service record of being a Super Service Award winner because we set a high bar,” said Angie’s List FounderAngie Hicks. “The fact that TLC House & Pet Sitting Service, LLC can claim Super Service Award status speaks volumes about its dedication to consumers
Angie’s List Super Service Award winners have met strict eligibility requirements including earning a minimum number of reports, an exemplary rating from their customers and abiding by Angie’s List operational guidelines.
Service business ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List, but members can find the 2011 Super Service Award logo next to business names in search results on AngiesList.com.
Angie’s List collects consumer reviews on local contractors and doctors in more than 500 service categories. Currently, more than 1 million consumers across the U.S. rely on Angie’s List to help them make the best hiring decisions. Members get unlimited access to local ratings via Internet or phone, exclusive discounts, the Angie’s List magazine and help from the Angie’s List complaint resolution service. Take a quick tour of Angie’s List and view the latest Angie’s List news.
Top 10 Things to Look For In A Pet Sitter in Scottsdale
Planning a trip away from your beloved pets is much less stressful when you have the peace-of-mind in knowing that your pet sitter is going to care for your pets in a loving, attentive manor. Take the time to research the available pet sitters in your area well in advance, in order to find the perfect pet sitter for your pets. When searching for the right pet sitter, here are the top 10 things you should consider, as recommended by the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters:
- Make sure that your pet sitter is bonded and/or has commercial liability insurance.
- If your pet sitter is hired with a pet sitting company, inquire as to his/her experience, training, and if a background check is performed prior to hiring.
- Research the pet sitting company through agencies such as the Better Business Bureau.
- Request and review your sitter’s references.
- Ask your sitter for literature on the company, their services, and their rates.
- The pet sitter should offer to meet with you prior to your departure in order to become familiar with your home and pets.
- Your pet sitter’s personality, attitude, and confidence level during your initial consultation will help you to judge whether he/she will provide the specialized care that you desire for your pets.
- Once an agreement is reached for pet sitting services, make sure your pet sitter provides a detailed, accurate contract for the services offered and the fees charged.
- Ask your pet sitter about their emergency and contingency plans in the event that your pet needs urgent veterinary care or the pet sitter is unable to perform services due to a personal emergency. Be sure to collect your pet sitter’s contact information, office hours, and a way to reach them outside of office hours in case of an emergency.
- Inquire as to your pet sitter’s policy after you return home. A responsible pet sitter will be sure to verify that you have returned home safely and your pets are safe as well. Your pet sitter should also provide an opportunity for feedback regarding their services, as a tool to grow and improve their business.
Taking the time to follow these simple guidelines will help you to find the most qualified pet sitter to provide personalized care for your pets. While you are away from home, you will rest easily knowing that your pets and home are cared for by a trusted, caring professional pet sitter.
Thank you for being a valued TLC House & Pet Sitting customer and friend. TLC would like to sincerely thank you for allowing us to treat your pet(s) as though you never left. It is families and pets like yours that make our jobs so enjoyable. If you like the service your pets receive with us then please tell your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers!We enjoy caring for your pets and pride ourselves in being the best pet sitting service. Treat your pets for Valentine’s Day to a FREE visit from their favorite pet sitter! Here’s how you can receive a free pet visit from your favorite TLC pet sitter:
If you refer a new client to TLC and they book our services for 3 visits (cancellations excluded): TLC is offering ONE FREE Daily Visit for you when you book your next visit before 5/1/12.
This special offer expires by 2/29/12. Youcan use this offer for any travel dates before 5/1/12.
Why TLC is the BEST:
We provide lots of TLC.
We tailor our services to each client’s needs.
We do background checks on all of our sitters so you don’t have too.
Quality, experienced, trusted, and personalized petcare specialists.
We offer peace-of-mind and security.
All of our sitters are bonded and insured.
We are prepared for emergencies.
Read our reviews on Yelp, Google, Yahoo and Angie’s List.
We have”A” Ratings on Angie’s List.
We are accredited with the Better Business Bureau.
Veterinarian and groomer recommend.
We collect donations for pets that don’t have a home.
We offer educational resources, references in the pet industry, or other services.
Owner serves on the board of the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters Association.
Owner is the President of the Arizona Professional Pet Sitter Association.
TLC has been a professional pet sitting service in Arizona since 2001.
Check out our website at www.tlcpetsitter.com
We have our service area listed and our sitters listed for your convenience.
- McClintock Animal Care on Elliot and McClintock 480-820-2822
- Dogs Day Out Grooming on Warner and Dobson 480-786-5866
Thank you for having TLC “Treat” your pets as if you never left.
We are here to provide the best service for you, your pets, and your home!
Kara Jenkins, Owner
Once you have determined that a pet sitter is the best solution for the care of your pets, hiring the right pet sitter is the next step. Finding the right pet sitter will make the pet sitting experience an enjoyable one for both you and your pets. On the other hand, making an uninformed decision about who will be caring for your beloved pets and home could have disastrous results.
Finding a Potential Pet Sitter
With the convenience of the internet, a qualified, professional pet sitter can be found quite easily. Choose a source that you trust, such as the Better Business Bureau or Angie’s List. Also, visit the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters website www.petsitters.org for information on pet sitters in your area. Recommendations from friends and family are also a great resource.
Once You Find a Potential Pet Sitter
- Be sure to conduct a thorough interview of the person who will be caring for your pets and who will have access to your home while you are away.
- Ask for a list of client references.
- Ask the sitter for proof of bonding and insurance coverage, as well as any other certifications that the sitter may have. Some sitters may have animal CPR certifications or Vet Tech experience.
- Make sure the sitter has an opportunity to bond with your pets and observe the sitter’s behavior as well as your pet’s behavior to determine if they are a good match.
- Determine your needs, your pet’s needs, and your budget, as pet sitting fees may vary.
- Communicate your needs and your pet’s needs clearly to your pet sitter, so they may understand your expectations while you are away.
- Follow up with the pet sitter afterwards, and communicate your positive and/or negative experiences, so they may improve upon their services.
- Work on creating a long lasting relationship with your pets and your pet sitter, so your pets will truly feel “at home” every time you are away.
For more information on this topic and many others, please visit the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters website at: www.petsitters.org
It is rare to encounter a professional who cares this much about other people’s pets. Kara went out of her way to accommodate my needs (I had to leave town on short notice but one of my dogs got sick yet we could not figure out what is was, and we were still waiting on blood test results) I called Kara at the end of the business day she was able to provide me with a sitter within a few hours. She clearly has experience and training working with dogs – she offered insight on what my dog’s medical condition may be as well as which meds and care would probably follow…details that I told my vet….Kara was right! It was Valley Fever. Rachel, the petsitter was wonderful! My 2 dogs took to her immediately. She kept me updated daily on my dog’s health progress via text messages and administered meds accordingly; she even drove to my vet’s office to consult and pick up additional meds. I will definitely be referring Kara’s and Rachel’s professionalism to friends family, my vet, and I will write a review on Yelp.
N. Hunter, Mesa, AZ - Sitter was Rachel
Pet sitting for a 5 cat household, coming twice a day over a two week time period this summer.
Our former pet sitter having retired from the business, we were forced to select a new provider to take care of our 5 sometimes spoiled and always finicky cats during our summer vacation. This is no easy task, as they have very different personalities, there are serious rivalries among three of them, and two are relatively new to us and shy. In addition, two of the older ones are tightly bonded with one family member and one of the new ones views another family member as his personal property and port in a storm. Three will snap if you touch them wrong. All can pine if their humans are away too long. A challenge for anyone coming in new!We couldn’t have been happier with the service provided, nor with our personal sitter, Brittany. TLC’s office personnel were professional yet friendly. The policies were clear and there were no unexpected costs. And Brittany was wonderful! She kept a log of when she was there, what she did, and how the cats reacted – who wanted extra love, who she played with, who didn’t show up for dinner, who was (or wasn’t) aggressive with whom. She was very responsive to text messages and followed up immediately. For example, when I expressed particular concerns about how the battling pairs were doing, she sent me a cell phone picture of the two of them curled up on the kitchen table next to each other. She also brought in the mail, cleaned cat boxes daily, and kept the pool filled. She handled packages that were delivered to the house, and generally kept her eye on things to make sure the house was running OK (e.g., we problem-solved by text message a potential issue with the AC). And she coordinated with our house cleaner (and friend) to make sure any cat or house-related problems were covered.Ultimately, of course, one hires a pet sitter for the pets. And I can say with some confidence that our cats loved having Brittany around, and overall felt very comfortable with her. There was still one of the new shy ones that she never did see, but she rightly believes it only make things worse to hunt down a hiding cat. Instead, she instituted a creative way of monitoring that kitten’s dish to make sure that she was eating. The other new one showed up regularly and actually put on some weight. We were concerned that one of our older cats was eating too fast and had been throwing up. After observing his behavior, Brittany worked out a way of feeding him so that he did not throw up at all the whole time we were gone.Our house cleaner, who has known the cats since we got them (starting 7 years ago), and who has given honest feedback on past pet sitters, also gave Brittany glowing reviews.In the end, we can definitely say we felt very good about TLC. Their rates were reasonable, their policies clear, and their employees quite professional. We will definitely use them again!
I, and my 3 kitties, LOVE TLC House and Pet Sitting Services. We have used them many times and each time, I come home to 3 happy and content and healthy kitties. They have never shown any signs of loneliness or discontent. They LOVE their sitters. I just came back from almost a 2 month period of being away (due to a family emergency) and my kitties met me at the door and were just as friendly and sweet as before…and that’s because Amanda did such an AWESOME job caring for them. I am so grateful that she took such a special interest in my little girlie girls. And she wrote little notes every time she came over…describing how the girls were doing and how she really needed 3 arms/hands because they all wanted to be petted at the same time. That was a real chuckle. She gave them lots of love…and it really shows. I don’t know what we would have done without Amanda’s help. She even kept me updated by email. And even Kara kept in touch with me by email. That is excemplary service!!! I will use them always. Thank you Amanda and Kara for all of your help!,
Linda T, 8/1/11