Pet Care Solutions for Travellers
Written by Nat Smith, Rover.com community member. Rover is the nation’s largest network of 5-star pet sitters and dog walkers.
Each time you jet to a new destination, you’re on a unique, unforgettable adventure. Wouldn’t you like your pet to experience the same thing while you’re away?
Kennels and other one-size-fits-all approaches to pet care are not always ideal. They may not give your pet enough attention, or even turn her away because of breed, size, or temperament. So how do you find a caregiver as sweet, kind, and loving as your four-legged friend?
That’s where Rover.com comes in. Built as a supportive community for dog lovers, its experienced, professional sitters offer care for all kinds of pets. The site thoroughly vets all of its caregivers, conducting background checks and offering extensive information and support. The nationwide network can give you options whether you’re in a dense, urban area or a rural locale.
You get to know and trust sitters through a multi-tiered process. First, their profiles tell you about who they are, what they’re passionate about, and why they love caring for animals. Next, you can look to reviews from other owners to get a better sense of their capabilities. Finally, you’ll meet in person, and you can ask more questions and observe their interactions with your pet. Rover offers a handy guide for selecting the best sitter for your needs.
Sitters can board your pet in their own home, or house-sit where you live. Which is best? That will depend on your preferences and your pet’s disposition. There are many reasons you might look for someone to stay in your home: If you have multiple animals, pets who experience anxiety away from home, or you’ll be away long enough that a house-sitter would be especially apt.
Otherwise, boarding your animal in another home can have its upsides: You can rent out your own space with sites like Airbnb, for instance. If your pet is adaptable, they’ll love the adventure of a change of scenery, and the stay can be a vacation for them as well. Exploring new places, making new friends, and playing on new terrain will contribute to a wonderful experience.
Ideally, you’ll find a sitter who can take your loved one under their wing every time you travel. Building a consistent, loving bond like this will make your travel a highlight, rather than a disappointment, to your pet.
Imagine packing for your next adventure and seeing your dog perk up with the knowledge of what’s coming, instead of moping beside your suitcase. As you drop him off at his sitter’s home, you’ll see him excitedly greet his sitter. While you’re gone, you’ll get regular updates: texts, photos, and even videos if you’d like. You’ll be free to enjoy everything about your trip, knowing that your beloved pet is having the time of his life.