How to Earn Money for Pet Sitting Services
There are many reasons a client might want to hire a pet.
The reasons to hire a pet are listed below
• The pet can’t be left home alone for more than 8 hours. For example, Spot needs to be let out to potty every three hours to prevent him/her from pottying in the house.
• The pet has separation anxiety or boredom issues. For example, if Fluffy is left alone too long, he/she will wreck the house.
• The pet needs medical attention throughout the day, and the medical attention does not require a veterinarian to perform it. For example, Duke needs to be given pills every four hours.
• The pet needs medical attention throughout the day, and a veterinarian needs to render the medical attention. For example, Sparky needs to be taken to the veterinarian’s office once a day to receive a treatment in the clinic, after which time he/she may immediately return to the comfort of his home. Then, he/she needs to be closely watched for about an hour thereafter.
• The pet’s parents are ill or injured and cannot attend to their pet without assistance. For example, Rufus needs his daily walk, but his parents have just had an auto accident that rendered them temporarily unable to walk him.
Charges of a pet sitter?
Jerry Wentz, president of the board of directors of the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters, says that the national average for pet sitter income is $16 per visit.
The factors that influence pet sitter income include the following.
In what region the pet is to be attended to. If the pet lives (and is to be attended to) in larger coastal communities, the pay rate will tend to be somewhat greater than average. If the pet lives in a rural community in the Midwest, the pay rate will tend to be somewhat less than average.
How many visits in one day. If the pet is to be visited multiple times a day, the pay rate will tend to be somewhat greater than average.
Length of visits. If the pet is to be visited for an hour at each visit, the pay rate will tend to be somewhat greater than average. If the pet to be visited requires only fresh food and water daily (approximately a five-minute visit), the pay rate will tend to be somewhat less than average.
Timing of visits. Are the visits to occur on a holiday? After hours? Overnight? If so, the pay rate will tend to be somewhat greater than average. Overnight pet sitting merits specific discussion. Since each visit is one full night, pet sitters charge more per visit. The national average for overnight pet sitter income is $60 per visit.
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