In a quandary of what to do with your best buddy when you are traveling and can’t take her with you? You are on your way to Europe for a three week trip and you don’t like the idea of boarding your baby for that long a time. We’ve found a great solution and alternative for those who want to travel and also have minimum worries about our fur babies. In addition you will find someone to take care of your house while you are gone to minimize the problems with thievery.
The group that provides a possible answer to this is called Trusted Housesitters and although based in the United Kingdom has members in over 130 countries worldwide.
The organization was founded in 2010 and charges a membership fee of about $9 per month. The big plus is that the site provides a vetting process for pet sitters. The pet sitters have to write a profile and provide documentation to insure your pets and home will be secure. Homeowners wishing to travel indicate the dates they are planning to be away and describe their house and animals along with photos and expectations from animal care to watering the house plants. Members then find a match and exchange emails to work out the details.
Most of the services are exchanged without cash changing hands, but a few homeowners charge for utilities and possibly firewood. Currently there are more pet sitters than homeowners. The site indicates a membership of 58,000 + in 138 countries.
Members are creating new friendships around the world. The whole concept provides unique travel opportunities for those who enjoy seeing new places and meeting new friends that can turn into long term relationships.
February 12, 2017