Vacation Pet Sitting

Our pet sitting service is designed to give you a worry free trip away from home.  The basic visit charge includes all of the following services - you simply need to check which ones you'd like preformed on the detailed Vacation Care form during your initial consultation.

  • All Your Pets (We Charge by Time Needed, Not by # Pets)
  • Pet Turnout, Walk or Exercise
  • Lots of Playtime, Hugs, and Fun - And treats if allowed!
  • Games (Chuck It & Fetch, Frisbee, Rope Play, etc)
  • Mail/News Retrieval
  • Visit Notes & Log
  • Emailed Status Reports (2-3x/week as requested)
  • Free Pooper-Scooper Baggies and Spot Scooper Service
  • Feeding, Watering (Plants and Animals)
  • Medication Administration, including Injections & Sub-Q
  • Sprinkler, Lights, TV/Radio, and Blinds rotation
  • Pasture Rotation & Farm Care
  • Hot Summer Day Spot Shower
  • Cold Winter Day Blanketing
  • Repellent Application & Tick Removal
  • Door & Window Check
  • Other basic house tasks as agreed upon

Please plan to provide adequate time and number of visits to properly care for your pet and your home.  Most dogs require 3-4 visits per day, although some dogs are ok with 2 visits instead.  Most cats require 1x/day, although some clients choose 2x/day or once every other day (allowed only with our special approval).  Horses require 1-2x/day minimum.


Visit Options & Rates

Base rates per visit *                       Use the online Service Request form to automatically receive $0.50 off per visit!

Visit Type Length Rate Description
Initial Booking Consultation 30-90 min Free At this visit you will have the chance to interview the pet sitter to make sure the sitter is a good match for your pet. Then we can complete the necessary paperwork, transfer keys, and tour your home while discussing detailed instructions on how to care for your pets. Minimum 35 minutes. Free (one visit).

Please plan to complete this meeting 48 hours prior to service when possible.
Hourly Service 55-60 min $26 Choose 1 hour increments of care.
Extended Visit 40-45 min $22 Best for long walks, multiple pet homes, and pets with special diets or other special needs. Good for horses & hobby farms, or outside watering.
Regular Visit 25-30 min $18 A regular visit leaves plenty of time for a nice walk.
Value Visit 15-20 min $16 This short visit can be used as a quick turnout or potty break, or a 3rd feeding. A value visit also allows for a good walk if no feedings or other tasks are also required.
Drop In (No Pets) 3 min $14 Short drop in to transfer keys (pick up or drop off), check iron/stove, turn off sprinkler system, close windows, reset alarm, etc.
Live In/ Day Care 24 Hours Varies Generally not available due to limited sitter availability.
Overnight 8 Hours $90 Depends on availability, hours scheduled, and length of service.  Available as sleep in, full day care around other appointments, and sick pets needing round-the-clock care.  $90 includes an 8 hour overnight plus one mid-day value visit.  Rate negotiable based on mid day needs.

Most clients try 3-4 daytime visits instead of overnights, and find that it works out MUCH better for their pets than overnights.


Additional Fees

Travel Charges Travel fees may apply to your visits. Fees range from $0 (for most clients) to around $11 per visit for clients on the outskirts of our normal range.

To see the travel charges for your home, visit the Travel Fees page.
Holiday Periods
$3 per visit surcharge.  Please go to our Holidays page to see more details.
Early Morning /
Late Night
$3 extra per visit for any visit scheduled before 8am or after 10pm.
Client Key Transfer There is a $3 fee if you would like to drop off or pick up a key at our home, or if you will be mailing a key to us.
Sitter Key Transfer A $10 fee plus travel will be assessed for the sitter to drop off or pick up your key to your home.
Special Services Baths for large animals, extra messy messes, horse bucket scrubbing, thawing of hoses, or other especially difficult tasks may be assessed a small additional charge.
Emergency Vet Taxi & Vet Chaperone Charged as needed based on time.


Notes *

Time ranges are minimums & averages only - your pet sitter may stay 5-90 minutes longer (no extra charge) to leave notes and perform other tasks.

All rates are based on a "reasonable" number of pets / large animals and responsibilities, as well has the temperaments of each pet and the way the pets interact with each other. We will attempt to do as many requested activities in the time provided during each visit, prioritized in the order specified by you. We may or may not attempt to contact you if we find more time is needed than originally planned and we will add it as needed. We very rarely find we need more time than originally planned.

While we strive to keep the rates posted on this page accurate, the rates listed are not guaranteed and may change. Contact a Happy At Home Pet Sitter for current rates.