Finding Pet Care

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Get tips on how to find pet care, like pet sitters, groomers, trainers, vets and kennels.
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Whether you are looking to adopt a pet, find a service animal, or donate or volunteer to a charity that benefits animals, the options can be overwhelming. Here, we round up some of our favorite pet and wildlife organizations...
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I haven't seen many photos of Paris Hilton carrying around a little dog lately, so perhaps the fad of pooches as fashion accessories has (thankfully) ended. But even if you aren?t taking your pet out for a night on the town, you may still need to get him from Point A to Point B.
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It's that time of year, again. The holiday music has started. The door-buster sales are buzzing. The family is gathering at Grandma's -- and you're trying to figure out how to squeeze Fluffy...
How to Find a Pet Sitter, Groomer, Trainer, Vet or Kennel
Whether you're looking for a pet sitter to care for your fur-kid during your vacation or on a regular basis, finding the right person can be challenging. Before you start looking, think about the characteristics...
If you need to take a business trip or are planning a family getaway, you may have to board your pets while you're away. Leaving your critters behind can be as stressful for you as it is for them,...
When you have a feline companion, a cat sitter can be a real life saver! After all, you want to have someone you can trust to provide your kitty with food, water and attention while you're away. If...
You're stuck. You need someone reliable to watch your kids, walk your dog, clean your house, etc., and have been bombarded with responses from potential caregivers. Or worse, you haven't gotten...
When you're going on vacation or traveling for work, what do you do with your beloved pup? A pet boarding facility or kennel may be the answer.Leaving your pooch in the care of facility can be an emotional...
Bags packed -- check. Boarding passes printed -- check. Taxi pick up scheduled -- check. Arrangements for Fido -- uh oh! Whether Pongo is an energetic puppy or Tweety is an old bird, making preparations...
If you work long hours or travel frequently, you may find yourself needing a caregiver for your pet. Most pet owners in this situation realize they have two options: putting their dog in doggy daycare...
Whether you're working long hours at the office or taking care of your little ones, there are times it can be difficult to give your canine companion all the attention you know he deserves. Unfortunately,...
The hiring process is no joke. Whether it's finding someone to look after your aging loved one full time or taking your canine companion for a walk, there are many things to consider when you're...
Choosing a pet sitter is not a task you should approach blithely. Here are ten tips to help you hire your next pet caregiver.
It's a common stereotype that cats like to be left alone. And while your cat may have her moments of aloofness, make no mistake -- She does need you. While you might not be missed after a quick jaunt...
A pet sitter checklist can include the standards: walking your pet, feeding him and playing with him, cleaning up after him and of course, giving him a lot of love. But often, pet sitters are willing to...
It happens to every pet owner. You're lounging at home and all of a sudden you smell it -- that smelly dog smell. Did you know that the wet dog smell should occur only when you have a wet dog in the...
At Care.com we know that the process of finding the perfect nanny or nanny job can be a little overwhelming, so we want to make it as simple for you as possible. As more and more people turn to our site...
Many factors -- such as the age, weight and breed of your dog -- go into choosing the best dog food for your furry companion. But not all brands are created equal. Pet experts stress there are definitely...
You're busy all year long and sometimes little things slip through the cracks, like finding summer vacation child care or hiring a tutor. How do you know when to do what? Here is a schedule of the...
You wish you could bring your pets with you when you travel, but sometimes it just isn't possible. Hiring a pet sitter to stay at your home can help make the time you're away a little less stressful...
When I adopted my first pet -- a three-month-old grey and white cat -- I took him to the vet recommended by the local animal shelter. Unfortunately, the vet's office was small and cramped and felt dirty...
You're all packed and ready for your much-needed vacation when your faithful companion jumps in the suitcase and gives you the sad puppy-dog eyes. This time he can't come with you, but the right...
It's uncanny how cats always know when their owners are planning a trip. Maybe it's the suitcases getting hauled out of closets or your never-ending hugs, but they seem to sense the impending goodbye....
Background Checks, References and Safety Tips
Care.com strives to give you powerful tools that can help you to make the best hiring decision possible. Whether you're searching for a nanny, babysitter, pet sitter, housekeeper, senior care provider,...
Yes, you love your nanny, your housekeeper, your pet sitter and the other caregivers in your life. But do you pay them a fair wage?"Just as you are compensated for the work you do in your profession,...
Before hiring a nanny, babysitter, senior care aide, pet sitter, housekeeper, etc. and inviting them into your home, you need to run a background check. This step helps keep you and your family safe and...
When Kathy S. of Roanoke, Va. reviewed her child's favorite tutor, she had only one thing in mind: "I wanted everyone to know that I would highly recommend her." She also knew that a review...
The Background on Background Checks Background checks can be an important part of the hiring process and help reveal a person's criminal history. However, it's important to understand that...
It's obvious your feckless feline rules the roost, but when your cat looks you in the eye while oh-so-gently pushing a photo frame off the shelf, you have to wonder, "Is this normal cat behavior,...
Hiring a caregiver -- whether for your children, home, elderly relative or pet -- can be stressful. You have to sort through job applications, read resumes, schedule interviews, etc. But one step that...
Looking for a way to keep track of what your pet sitters or dog walkers do with your pets? Use the Pet Care Checklist to have your sitter tell you what they did with your animal while you were out. Keep...
Do you have a pet safety plan? How do you communicate that to your pet sitter or dog walker? This re-useable, just-in-case checklist for pet sitters will help keep track of emergency contacts, procedures, and health concerns when your animals are under the watchful eye of their favorite sitters.
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