Professional Pet Sitter vs. Family/Friends – Next level pet care LLC

Professional Pet Sitter vs. Family/Friends

The most frequent issue we run into when talking about our business is people saying things like “what’s the point? I can just have my neighbor come over for free.”
While that’s true, and I’m not one to argue with “free” as a great price, there’s a lot more to coming over and working with your pets that “free” just doesn’t cut it for.

Here is an honest look at the difference between hiring a professional pet sitter and asking friends, neighbors or relatives to take care of your pets for you.


The Pros

Professional Pet Sitters:

  • Have more experience and training so they more prepared to handle emergencies
  • Carry insurance and bonding to protected themselves and you in the event something unexpected happens
  • Follow the law, and have contracts to back up what you and they agree to
  • Make pet sitting their full time job which means it’s highly unlikely that they’re going to forget to come and take care of your pets for you
  • Have policies and procedures in place for nearly anything and everything that can come up
  • Are a great resource to ask for advice regarding the care of your pets including for toys, food, training advice and veterinarian recommendations

Neighbors, Family or Friends:

  • Are often people you already know and trust
  • Tend to be less expensive (or free)
  • Potentially close by and can respond quickly in case of an emergency


The Cons

Professional Pet Sitters:

  • Typically are more expensive
  • Must gain you and your pet’s trust, since they start off as a “stranger”
  • Must go through an adjustment period with your pets of getting to know each other, especially when you’re not there

Neighbors, Family or Friends:

  • Are more likely to forget to take care of your pet because it’s not in their daily routine to do so
  • Are more likely to rush through visiting your pets to get back to their daily lives. The emphasis is more on making sure your pets get food, water and go potty rather than spending quality time with them
  • Have less experience with animals, so they are less likely to notice health concerns or be able to handle emergencies
  • May become irritated or feel burdened by constantly being asked to take care of your pets


Like anything else in life, you get what you pay for.

Choose a Professional Pet Sitter for peace of mind. Call us today to set up a Meet and Greet. 508.556.0656