Pet sitting allows you to set your own hours and your own pay, meaning you could end up earning £40 or more each day. Oh, and don’t forget the added bonus of being around animals!
Interested? We thought so. Find out all about pet sitting in this guide (and enjoy some pictures of the Save the Student team’s pets
Pet sitting is a lot like babysitting – except you’re looking after someone’s pet, and not their child. Makes sense.
Some pet owners prefer to have someone look after their furry bundle of cuteness instead of using a cattery or kennel. This could be for a number of reasons – perhaps paying someone to sit is cheaper, or their pet gets stressed being away from home.
Depending on the job, you could find yourself looking after the animal at either the owner’s house or your own place.
If you’ve only got a few hours spare and can’t commit to several days of care, there are other options. You could become a dog walker, start a doggy daycare center at your house or just keep pets company during the day while their owner is working
- You get to look after animals and get paid for it!
- If you want to work with animals in the future, pet sitting will look brilliant on your CV – especially if you can get references from happy customers
- Pets may need to be fed at a certain time, so you need to get there on time – a great way to encourage time management and organization
- You can work whenever you want, and choose your hourly pay
- The biggest pro of them all: animals are cute and cuddly!
- Work may be sparse – it depends on where you are, and if anyone else is offering a similar service
- You may be expected to give pets medication if required (which, in case you didn’t already know, isn’t something they always enjoy)
- Owners may be fussy. Understandable, yes, but does Fido really need to be fed boiled chicken, hand-cut into one-inch pieces, and for you to make whale noises just to get him to sleep?
- You may need a car to pick up and drop off animals if you are pet sitting in your own home
- If you use a website to find pet sitting jobs near you, expect them to take a fee for advertising.
you don’t have to have a license to be a pet sitter. That said, if you’re going to be caring for other people’s pets in your own home, you’ll need an animal boarding establishment license.
While the rules on this license vary from council to council, you’ll almost always need one if you’re keeping animals in your home overnight, and sometimes for daytime care, too.
The cost of an animal boarding establishment license also varies depending on the council, ranging from £50 – £200. While that may seem expensive, being caught with a license can result in a fine of up to £500 or imprisonment for up to 3 months.
In short, it’s definitely worth getting an animal boarding establishment license, or at least checking if you need one. Check the criteria for your area (including prices) and apply for a license.
You may also need a basic DBS check – especially if you will be staying in another person’s house.
Other than that, there are no official qualifications needed to be a pet sitter in the UK – so in theory, anyone can do it. That said, there’s no harm in having some relevant experience or qualifications to help set yourself apart from the crowd.