As a professional pet sitter my schedule gets booked up well in advance, and it’s not unusual to have over ten visits per day booked. Typically, this is not an issue and my day goes as planned BUT sometimes life happens.
Last Sunday started like any other weekend morning. I had a few visits booked before church and I went about my day. However, on the way to church I started to feel pretty sick. I’ve been sick before and still been able to get my visits done so I wasn’t too concerned.
Long story short, my little stomach bug turned into a full fledged emergency and I ended up in the hospital for the entire afternoon and evening. It took me a few days before I could leave the house.
All of the pets I had on my schedule still needed to get outside to use the bathroom, litter boxes still need scooped, pets definitely still needed food, and vital medication still need administered.
This is why I own a professional pet sitting business which is built to sustain itself if an emergency arises.
We didn’t miss a beat. My team members stepped up and were able to complete all of our client visits as scheduled. With Atlantic Pet Sitting we use a state of the art software system which allows a team member to access vital pet information if they are called in for a backup role.
When it comes to pet care, you can cut some corners when it comes to hiring and paying a pet sitter. But, at what cost? Always be sure your pet sitter whether it’s a friend, neighbor, or “professional” pet sitter has a backup plan!
This is just a small example of what could happen, and thankfully it wasn’t something which kept me sidelined very long. However, life happens and you NEED to be sure your pets will be cared for if something happens to your pet sitter.