We’re talking namely about the now-famous “uber for pet sitting” apps– the most popular of which are Rover and Wag. These companies do not have a strong enough incentive to align the interests of pets, pet parents, and the freelance dog sitters and walkers they work with. They simply provide a convenient marketplace for hiring sitters and dog walkers so that they can have a hand in as many transactions as possible in the multi-billion dollar pet sitting industry each year.
Independent pet sitting companies such as Fur Heart have sitters and dog walkers in their employ with a greater depth of experiences with all types of pets and sitting situations than any sitter an app can provide. Our standard is also to provide the same sitter for you each visit so that we can build a lasting relationship with your pet. Many of the walkers and sitters that use Wag and Rover are simply using it for some extra income on the side. When their situation changes, they will move on, leaving you to hire a new sitter.
When looking for a pet sitter–don’t take a chance on a freelancer you meet through an app. Hire a local pet sitting company, spend time on an in-person consultation, and follow these tips to make sure they experience goes as smoothly as possible. Read more about “Big Pet Sitting” and why its a bad deal for pet parents here.