Urges Pet Parents to Make Holiday Pet Sitting Reservations While Pet Sitters Still Have Availability

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Pet parents are urged to schedule holiday pet sitting services as soon as possible. Because many professional pet sitters are booked for the holidays months in advance, pet parents will stand a better chance of scheduling the pet care provider of their choice if they start early.

Whether a pet owner celebrates Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or another holiday, if their plans include going out of town anytime from December through January it is in their best interest, and that of their pets, to arrange pet care as soon as possible. Although many people may not be thinking about the holidays yet, pet sitters throughout the country are. In fact, many professional pet sitters are entirely booked for the holidays months in advance, while others do not take on any new clients during the busy holiday season

More and more people are opting to use the services of professional pet sitters. Because of this, pet owners need to be aware of the fact that their usual pet sitter may be in huge demand during the holidays. A pet sitter with a thriving business may have 100 or more clients whose pets they care for throughout the year. When many of them go away at the same time, such as during the holidays, it makes for an extremely busy time. And although many pet sitters will hire seasonal workers to help out during the busy holiday season, they may not be able to accommodate last minute callers. For this reason, it is extremely important to book services with a pet care provider well in advance of the holidays.

For those who choose to hire a professional pet sitter for the first time, it is even more crucial to begin looking for one as early as possible. Because it will be necessary to schedule what is commonly called a meet and greet, ample time will be needed to arrange this meeting. During the meet and greet, the pet sitter will come to the pet owners home to meet them and their pets, determine the exact type of care the pets will need, complete the necessary paperwork, get house keys and security codes, and go over the fees and payment options.

"Many people who have never used a pet sitting service are unaware of how popular these services are, especially during the holidays," says Therese Kopiwoda, owner of "So, unfortunately, some pet parents start looking for someone to care for their pets a week or two before they leave town. Quite often what they find is that most pet sitters are already booked, so as a result they may leave their pets in a situation that is not ideal. The way to avoid this is to start looking for a pet sitter far in advance of the holiday season."

Pet owners who begin looking for a pet care provider well in advance of the holidays stand a much better chance of securing the services of a pet sitter that they and their pet will feel comfortable with. This gives the pet owner enough time to make sure all necessary preparations are made so they are able to avoid a last minute rush.

For pet owners who are unsure where to start in their search for a professional pet sitter, is an excellent place to start. The site features a searchable directory of pet sitters throughout the country as well as information on what to expect from a pet sitter, how to prepare their pets and home for their absence, and a printable list of topics to discuss with potential pet sitters during the meet and greet. is an online directory for pet owners to locate professional pet sitters, dog walkers, dog runners, and dog daycares throughout the United States. Based in Austin, Texas, was launched in 2003 by Therese Kopiwoda, who also serves a small number of pet sitting clients. For more information, go to


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