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There are a number of occasions when you might need to hire a pet sitter. Most often, when traveling, a pet sitter comes in handy when you cannot leave a pet alone in the room. The telephone book and pet-oriented publications are full of pet sitters, but it is often difficult to choose the right person. There are a few criteria to keep in mind before hiring a sitter.

The National Association of Professional Pet Sitters or Pet Sitters International can provide you with a list of their sitters. Yet it is up to you to check the sitter's credentials and ensure that he/she will be able to provide the kind of service you expect. We always recommend that you inquire about the sitter's background and experience with pet sitting, and ask if they have some type of service contract. You also should ask for references. We find that the best recommendations often come from satisfied customers. The pet sitter also should be bonded and insured.
Spend some time discussing the offerings of the particular pet sitting service and how the sitter can best meet the needs of your pet. If your pet is being cared for at the hotel, it is particularly important to discuss the best way to make your pet comfortable during the stay with the sitter. You may find it helpful to bring along your pet's favorite toys, bedding, blankets, etc., in order to make the transition a little easier on your pet.

The organizations listed provides lists of professional pet sitters. They are careful to tell you that they do not pre-qualify their people, but do provide them with quality standards of excellence.

National Association of Professional Pet Sitters
1030 – 15th St. NW, Suite 870
Washington, DC 20005
(800) 296-7386, (202) 393-3317

Pet Sitters International
418 E. King St.
King, NC 27021-9163
(336) 983-9222

Canadian Pet Sitters Association
P.O. Box 57313, Jackson Station
2 King Street West
Hamilton, Ontario L8P 4X2
(866) 436-9297, (905) 297-2444

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