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Maria H.|Burlington, VT

$15-40/hr 6 yrs exp 34 yrs old

PT-FT Caregiver Available

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I believe it is time to update my profile a little bit. My name is Maria and here is a little about myself. I moved to VT to complete an internship in order to graduate from school, a 6 month college experience turned into me building a life away from my family and home to raise one of my own. I am a mom and that's by far the role in life I enjoy the most! I joined "care. com" about a year ago after a referral from someone I babysat for. Since that day I've had nothing other than great experiences to share, whether it was me taking good care of children and their needs, watching pets, teaching Spanish or just house sitting while owners were away. I've met really nice people and built trustworthy relationships that I'm sure will last for as long as I'm around. I love children, and have over 6 years of experience babysitting for families, and helping friends and single moms like myself. I'm bilingual, very responsible and extremely reliable! Background check provided and impeccable driving record, with a reliable vehicle that allows me to travel an extra mile. I'm someone who will make you feel very comfortable, and confident leaving your children with. I firmly believe there is nothing more rewarding than getting positive feedback every time I help others doing what I love most.
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Reviewed by Florian F. 5/5 stars
We hired Maria to take care of our 5 month old daughter and she was such a pleasure to work with! Very reliable and experienced with children, so she always knew exactly how to handle and balance the various needs of our daughter, when to play, when to go for a walk, when to let the child sleep, etc. We felt 100% safe and confident with her just making the right decisions and taking care of our daughter. She was also very flexible, and was willing to help out and jump in when we needed help most. We'd hire her again in a heartbeat.
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Brenda C.|Sudbury, MA

$15-20/hr 7 yrs exp

Dog Lover Available For Daily Walks And Pet Care. Available For Sitting While You Are Away.

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My name is Brenda. My love for pets is what sparked me to enter the wonderful world of pet sitting/Training. I have been a dog walker, boarder and trainer for several years. I understand the importance of trusting someone to care for your "kids". I grew up with a household of furry friends and I couldn't imagine my life without them. They bring so much joy and happiness to my family's life. Seeing their little faces everyday just puts a smile on my face! I'm a retired EMT-Paramedic. I am married with 5 grown children with 2 still living at home. We have 2 small dogs named Pompi (14) and Abby (9) They bring so much joy and happiness to our life. I would love to walk, feed, play, pet sit day and or overnight for your dogs and or cats. If interested please contact me. I can't wait to meet you and your pets. :) *Background Check (CORI) and or Driving Record can and will be provided at your request*
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Reviewed by Rebecca B. 5/5 stars
Brenda took great care of my dog Zoe who has ongoing health problems and is blind. She took Zoe in and gave her all the love and support Zoe needed to feel comfortable away from home. Brenda sent photos and updates everyday which provided me peace of mind to know that Zoe was in a great environment. I will continue to use Brenda to provide ongoing care for Zoe. Brenda is kind and dependable.
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FAQs for finding pet sitters

How much should I pay a pet sitter in 2021?
Pet sitters made an average of $13.00 per hour as of October 2021 at a national level. Rates will vary depending on where you live, the specific duties that you will need them to perform, and the frequency of their service. Be sure you clearly communicate to your pet sitter what you will need during the interview process so there are no unpleasant surprises.
In 2021 what types of services can I expect from a pet sitter? pet sitters offer a variety of services that depend on the type of animal that you have, so you can determine what works best for you and your pet. Here are the most common services:

  • Pet walker: If you have an active pet that needs exercise during the day, consider hiring a pet walker. They can provide refills of water or food as well as offer some companionship for your pet while you are away.
  • Pet sitting at your home: This is often a great option for cats, bunnies or guinea pigs who don't need such intensive daily care, or pets who like a familiar environment and don't need to take long walks.
  • In-home pet sitter: It's a good option for pet parents that need to be away and feel comfortable leaving their pets at someone else's house. This can work for pets who want more of a connection, need medical care, or get stressed in a kennel environment.

Whether you have someone come to your home or you leave your pet at a sitter's home, experts advise that you always check for pet sitting certifications, get referrals, do a background check, and check the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters (NAPPS) or Pet Sitters International (PSI) to see if the sitter is in good standing.

Are pet sitters background checked?
Yes, pet sitters on are asked to complete an annual background check called a CareCheck. Pet sitters who complete this background check will have a badge on their profile displaying the date it was run. While CareCheck is a good start, we strongly recommend that you follow some additional steps for hiring a pet sitter safely, which include interviewing candidates, checking references, and running your own background check. Visit our Safety Center to learn more.
How can I find a good pet sitter? has hundreds of profiles for pet sitters, pet walkers, animal groomers, trainers and more. You can search the site to review profiles for the different pet sitters in your area and contact those that fit what you are looking for. You will find a description for each provider sharing details about their experience, the type of pets they can care for, and the services that they can provide. You can also post a job describing what you need and have the provider to contact you through the site.
What should I ask a pet sitter during an interview?

Here are some things that you can cover while interviewing a pet sitter:

  • Training and experience: Is this person trained or have the right experience? Pets can have a variety of needs ranging from physical or medical, to emotional. Be sure this person is a good match.
  • Rates and services: Create a list of all the tasks you'd like your pet sitter to perform and then discuss it. This person can determine if they are able to fulfill these needs and what those services will cost.
  • Emergency plans: Ask if they've ever handled a pet emergency and discuss a backup pet care plan.
  • References: Ask for references and check at least three.
  • Meet and greet: Schedule a meet and greet so you can see how the pet sitter interacts with your pet, and if your pet likes them too!
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