This is the first post in our “Hiring Your Perfect Pet Sitter” series. The purpose of this post is to help you start the process of finding a qualified Myrtle Beach pet sitter.
Finding a Myrtle Beach pet sitter can be an easy process, but some important steps must be
taken to be sure your pet is receiving the best care available.
As an owner of three cats, and a Coonhound, the thought of leaving them for extended periods of time makes me very anxious without a proper care plan in place. Hiring a professional pet sitter can help ease this anxiety, and can allow your pets to stay in the comfort of their own home.
When looking for someone to care for their pets many people turn to family members, or neighbors. This is a great plan of action if you have it available, but many of us in Myrtle Beach don’t have family nearby, and our neighbors can’t always commit to 2-5 visits per day. Caring for a dog can easily take 3-4 hours per day.
If you don’t know your neighbors well enough, or your family isn’t around to help, then it’s time to look elsewhere for a Myrtle Beach pet sitter. Taking the search online is often the next step for most people.
Finding a Myrtle Beach pet sitter online can be a daunting task. Finding anything online can be like walking through a maze. Searching for “Myrtle Beach pet sitter” will return you 24,400 results, so how do you pick one reliable pet sitter?
One of the first reliable places to look is on Google maps, which will only show you local businesses. Google maps also allows you to see pet care businesses in your area, and most importantly it allows you to see user ratings of a business. Be sure to read the reviews, and make sure they are from a reliable source and not just someone trying to boost their business.
After identifying some potential candidates, your next step is to dig a bit deeper. By “googling” the name of the pet sitting business you should be able to find their website, and any social media the business participates in.
Facebook is also a great place to find the reputation of a pet sitting business before you hire them. Be sure the business is updating the page regularly, and is engaging with comments. Facebook also has a great rating/review system in which you can see how a potential business has performed with past clients.
Some other popular online destinations to find a Myrtle Beach pet sitter include Care.com, Angie’s List, Yelp, and Craigslist.
A quality pet sitter should be bonded and insured, list prices online, have a local phone number, and have a history of positive reviews across several platforms.
Now you have a list of qualified candidates, and it’s time to call a few and set up some meetings. Our next piece in this series will describe the meet and greet process and layout some questions to ask your potential pet sitter.