The ONLY national non-profit organization for professional pet sitters.
 

Hiring a Pet Sitter

Hiring a pet sitter is a serious process.  Make sure the person you choose is trained and professional.  He/she will not only be responsible for your pet, but also will have regular access to your home.
View NAPPS infographics on hiring a Professional Pet Sitter.

Step 1:  Use the NAPPS Pet Sitter Locator to find NAPPS pet sitters in your area.

Step 2:  Call the pet sitters, or if possible, visit their websites to review their rates, services, and service areas, and make sure they can provide the type of service you need. 


Step 3: Develop a set of questions and conduct a thorough interview.  

Step 4:  Ask for references. Develop a set of questions to ask when checking references.

Step 5:  Insure that the potential sitter has bonding and liability insurance coverage. 

Step 6: Have the pet sitter meet you in your home and make sure he/she interacts well with your pet. Pet sitters will collect information from you regarding your pet's care, and should have a contract outlining the scope of service as well as policies and procedures.  

It's important to know that services and fees can vary widely from pet sitter to pet sitter. Professional pet sitters are happy to answer your questions - they want you to feel at ease with their services.

We recommend choosing NAPPS pet sitters! 

Next:  How to get the most out of your pet sitter

 

NAPPS encourages pet parents to check references on pet sitters prior to hiring. We also recommend reviewing the Pet Parents section of our website, for important tools, such as the Hiring a Pet Sitter, before interviewing or securing a pet sitter. You also may want to request a recent background check as well as proof of insurance and bonding during the interview.

The NAPPS certified logo signifies NAPPS member companies that have successfully completed the NAPPS certification examination.

The National Association of Professional Pet Sitters (NAPPS) is an educational organization and does not inspect nor police member businesses. Our Pet Sitter Locator Service information is provided simply as a courtesy and we assume no liability in making this contact information available to the general public. Users of this referral tool explicitly agree to hold NAPPS harmless from complaints, damages or actual loss incurred as a result of information or referrals obtained here. Pet parents seeking a professional pet sitter or other pet care provider bear sole responsibility for interviewing and verifying all of the credentials or any business representative whether they are located on the NAPPS website or elsewhere.

The Association does not endorse or indemnify any individual member or their business. Should a pet sitting client have any problems, disputes or questions regarding an Association Member, these should be taken up with the Association Member directly.

The Association does not become involved in Association Member/client relationships or conflicts under any circumstances.

If you have come in contact with a pet sitter who claims to be a current member of the organization or displays a NAPPS logo but isn’t on the locator, please contact our staff to confirm membership.

© 2016_NAPPS. The National Association of Professional Pet Sitters (NAPPS) membership list is strictly confidential and for the use of pet owners in search of a professional pet sitter or for members to locate other members. Solicitation of NAPPS members for any reason is strictly forbidden, except as approved by the Board of Directors. Failure to comply will result in loss of membership and violators are subject to prosecution under copyright law statutes.