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Chicago, IL
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Business Description

Rover offers doggy daycare services for pet owners throughout the local area. Its network includes thousands of pet sitters that are available to care for dogs while their owners work or travel. The service connects sitters with clients online or through its app. Customers can meet with sitters prior to booking, and services are available for a range of dogs, including high-energy puppies and dogs with special needs.

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4.5
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4.4 / 5 (1494)
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4.4 / 5 (224)
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2.5 / 5 (31)

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Bark Bark Club

5943 North Broadway, Chicago, IL 60660
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Bark Bark Club is a full-service pet care business serving clients in the Chicago metro. It provides pet sitting services for owners who are on vacation or at work. The business employs pet sitters who are members of the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters. Their pet sitters can perform first aid and CPR, dog daycare, grooming, and walking services. The business supports Care for Real Pet Food Pantry. Patti Colandrea and Elizabeth Castrejon own the business. Patti previously worked with PetSmart and Petco.

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4.6
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4.6 / 5 (99)
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2.0 / 5 (5)

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Dogs Deserve It

Chicago, IL 60614
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Dogs Deserve It, founded in 2009, is a dog walking service for pet owners in Chicago. The dog walkers are trained in leash etiquette™ skills to make each clients’ dog walk better on the leash. Dogs Deserve It uses the Pet Cloud online software so all walks can be tracked. The customers can even request and cancel appointments from their web browser or app as well as pay bills. Additional services include pet sitting and pet taxi.

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5.0

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Hello Kittie Sitting

Chicago, IL 60660
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Hello Kittie Sitting is mainly a cat care service but also serves dogs, birds, and other small animals in Chicago. The company’s personalized cat care visits include feeding/water, playtime and petting, litter box care, oral medication administration, and daily email updates. Additional services include bringing in the mail/newspaper, rotating lights and blinds, and watering plants. Lita Peterson, the founder of the company, is certified in pet first aid and is insured and bonded by the Pet Sitters Associates.

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5.0
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5.0 / 5 (10)
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5.0 / 5 (2)
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Home Alone Pet Service

Chicago, IL 60647
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Home Alone Pet Service is a family-owned pet care business providing services since 2006. The company offers dog walking, dog boarding, and cat care to clients in Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Bucktown, Wicker Park, Avondale, and surrounding areas. Boarding can be provided in the client’s home or a team member’s home. Home Alone Pet Service is fully bonded and insured. Customers state they felt comfortable leaving their dogs in the company’s care as well as the employees’ attentiveness, compassion, and professionalism.

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5.0
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5.0 / 5 (27)
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4.6 / 5 (20)
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5.0 / 5 (6)
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Jane of All Trades

Chicago, IL 60631
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Jane of All Trades provides pet care services to customers in Chicago. Services provided include in-home pet sitting, dog walking, and grooming. The company, founded in 2009, is insured and bonded. Feeding and medication administration are included upon request. Jane of All Trades also makes doggie cakes fresh to order in a variety of flavors.

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4.4
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5.0 / 5 (7)
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1.0 / 5 (1)
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4.0 / 5 (1)
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KK's Pet Sitting

Chicago, IL 60659
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KK’s Pet Sitting, founded in 2006, is a pet care company in Chicago providing services for all kinds of animal owners. Andrea Kim, the business owner, offers regular, daily, or occasional visits as well as dog walking. There is no extra charge for additional pets or the administration of medication, and Andrea is also experienced with geriatric pets. Other services include vacation and overnight care and pick up/drop off. Andrea is certified in pet first aid by the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago.

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4.5
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Let's Walk Chicago

Chicago, IL 60614
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Let's Walk Chicago is a pet sitting business that has been in operation in Chicago for over a decade. The company watches over clients' cats and dogs, and it also offers dog walking every day. Its pet sitting services include playtime, feedings, litter box cleaning, and medication administration. For puppies, it provides more focused services. Vice president Gina has been certified by Pet Sitters International as a professional pet sitter.

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4.6
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4.5 / 5 (36)
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5.0 / 5 (6)

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Marcia's Fur & Feathers Service

Chicago, IL 60630
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Marcia’s Fur & Feathers Service is a pet care company in Chicago offering reliable and quality care. The list of services includes dog walking, cat care, bird and other small animal care, and puppy training. Marcia Fleischer, the founder of the company, is fully bonded, insured, and pet first aid and CPR certified.

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4.5

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North Shore Dog Walk

Glenview, IL 60025
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North Shore Dog Walk provides dog walking and pet sitting services to customers in Chicago. The team at North Shore Dog Walk is licensed, insured, professionally trained in CPR and emergency pet care, and members of the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters. The services offered include dog sitting, in-house pet sitting, waste pickup, and pet taxi.

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Paws & Claws at Lincoln Square

Chicago, IL 60625
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Paws & Claws at Lincoln Square, founded in 2006, is a pet care service in Chicago. The company provides day camp, boarding, grooming, spa treatments, dog walking, dog training, a pet taxi service, and in-home pet sitting. The client can choose from a single visit or overnight stay for the in-home pet services.

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Pet & Plant Care Service

Chicago, IL 60642
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Since 1984, Pet & Plant Care Service has been providing dog walking and vacation pet care to customers in Chicago. The company will arrange a meet and greet, provide the same walker for each visit, and give special care for puppies if requested. During vacation care visits, employees will also water plants and bring in the mail/paper. Pet & Plant Care Service is fully bonded and insured and fully licensed by the City of Chicago. They are member of the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters.

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3.9
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3.5 / 5 (10)
Google
5.0 / 5 (3)
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Prairie Path Pet Care

Park Ridge, IL 60068
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Business Description

Prairie Path Pet Care offers multiple pet care services for pet owners in Park Ridge. Services include dog walking, fish feeding and cat, critter, bird, and small animal sitting. Each pet visit is tracked by GPS and real-time email notifications when the employee comes and goes. The company, founded in 2011, is locally owned, bonded, and insured.

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4.7
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5.0 / 5 (4)
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PupStars Pet Care

2337 w lake st., Chicago, IL 60612
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Business Description

Pupstars is a pet sitting service to caters to pet owners in Chicago. Founded by Tara Robertson, it began as a home-based dog walking service and has expanded over the years into a massive facility with luxury boarding suites for pets. Basic services offered are doggy daycare, pet boarding, dog walking and cat care, overnight stay, and pet grooming. Special services include pet shuttle services and pet supply delivery during drop-off, as well as party packages for pet parties.

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4.0
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4.0 / 5 (72)
Yelp
4.0 / 5 (71)
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4.0 / 5 (34)

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Purr

Chicago, IL 60642
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Purr is a cat care service for cat owners in Chicago. The team of sitters come to the clients’ home and offers basic feeding, litter care, plant care, mail collection, and photo updates. Purr is a member of Pet Sitters International, National Association for Professional Pet Sitters, Pet Sitters Associates, and Pet Sit USA. The company, founded in 2008, is fully bonded and insured.

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4.7
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4.5 / 5 (82)
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5.0 / 5 (57)
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Sunshine Pet & Home Care

Chicago, IL 60640
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Sunshine Pet & Home Care is a pet care company serving pet owners in Chicago. The types of services the company performs include dog walking, pet sitting, and overnight care in the client’s home. During each visit, employees will clean up any accidents, alternate blinds and lights, water plants, and provide a generous amount of playtime and love. Sunshine Pet & Home Care donates $1 per walk and $3 per overnight stay to the no-kill shelter, PAWS Chicago.

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5.0
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5.0 / 5 (3)
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Urban Tailz

Chicago, IL 60614
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Urban Tailz is a pet care service for customers living in the North Side of Chicago. The company, founded in 2000, provides daily dog walks, cat sitting, house sitting, and other pet services. Urban Tailz walks dogs during the week, weekends, and off-peak hours. Additional services include trips to the groomer or trainer as well as pet store errands. The company is fully bonded and insured and is a member of The National Association of Professional Pet Sitters.

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5.0
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5.0 / 5 (99)
Google
5.0 / 5 (36)
Facebook
5.0 / 5 (9)

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Windy City Dog Walkers

Chicago, IL 60642
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Windy City Dog Walkers has been serving pet owners in Chicago since 2002. The company provides daily service such as dog walking, cat care, and pet sitting. Dogs are walked for about 25 minutes by the same team member for each scheduled walk. Additional services include overnight stays, small animal sitting, and medication administration. Windy City Dog Walkers is fully licensed, bonded, and insured.

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5.0
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4.9 / 5 (23)

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Worthee

Chicago, IL 60642
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Worthee, founded in 2013, is a pet concierge service in Chicago. The company offers in-home food delivery, dog walking, pet sitting, vet visits, grooming, training, a monthly Worthee box, and other services. Previous Worthee customers praise the company’s treatment of their pets, customer service, dedication, and compassion.

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4.5
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Frequently Asked Questions

Introduction

Hiring a pet sitter when you’re planning a trip can help relieve the stress of leaving your pet behind. When you’re confident you have a qualified, responsible pet sitter, you can feel good knowing your pet is safe. Additionally, if there’s an emergency that requires veterinary care while you’re away, your pet will have access to timely help.

How much do pet sitters cost?

The average cost for a pet sitter who visits your home to feed and check on your pet is $15 per hour. A sitter for a puppy or dog that requires extra care usually costs more. However, overnight care may have a lower hourly rate, and sitters may offer package deals for full weeks.

How do pet sitters charge for service?

Pet sitters may charge in several ways, including by the half hour, by the full hour, daily, or with overnight or full week rates. Pet sitters who offer additional services, such as dog walking, grooming, or administering medications to your pet, may charge extra for those services.

Do pet sitters need insurance?

Although it's not legally required, pet sitters may want insurance to cover the cost of accidental damage to a client’s home. Pet sitters also should have coverage in case anything goes wrong when caring for a pet, such as it getting lost or injured. Additionally, if a pet sitter gets injured on the job, insurance could cover their medical care costs.

Do pet sitters come to your house or do they pick your pet up?

Pet sitters typically come to your house to care for your pet. You may be able to arrange for a pet sitter to pick up your pet. Alternately, you may opt to take your pet to stay with a sitter in a boarding situation.

Do pet sitters stay overnight?

Some pet sitters will agree to stay overnight with your pet, although not all offer this service. This can be especially helpful for pets that get stressed when left alone for long periods. Having the pet sitter stay overnight ensures your pet’s needs can be met at all times.

How do you tip pet sitters?

Tipping is optional with most pet sitters, but it's appreciated. A tip says thank you to your sitter for taking care of your pet and helps ensure good future care. Providing a tip that's 15% the total bill is standard, and it shows your sitter that you value the service they provided.

Can you deduct pet sitters on a tax return?

No. Even if you have to hire a pet sitter so you can travel for work, you can’t deduct the expense on your tax return. Anything related to pet care is considered a personal expense by the IRS, so it’s not deductible.

Are pet sitters equipped to administer medication/injections to pets?

Some pet sitters are equipped to administer medications or injections to pets. It’s important to ask a potential sitter whether they provide such services, and get everything in writing before agreeing to let them watch your pet. Some sitters may charge extra if required to administer medications.

Is it safe to hire a pet sitter?

It's generally safe to hire a pet sitter, but you need to research potential sitters before leaving your pet in their care. Ask for referrals and check reviews online. It’s also reasonable to run a thorough background check on a pet sitter who'll be in your home and caring for your pet.

How do you prepare for a pet sitter?

Let your pet get to know the sitter before you leave, and prepare your home ahead of time. Make sure you leave plenty of your pet’s food and any necessary medications in an easily accessible location. Leave detailed notes about your pet’s routine, care needs, feeding schedule, and anything else the sitter may need to know.

What do you do with a dog while pet sitting?

Things pet sitters normally do while caring for a pet include providing food and water, taking them for walks if necessary, and keeping them company. This may include petting and playing games with the pet. A sitter may also have to clean up accidental messes or administer medications while tending to a pet.

What should you tell your pet sitter about your pet?

Your pet sitter needs to know all the basics of caring for your pet, such as how much food to offer and details of their usual routine, as well as how to reach you in an emergency. You should also tell your sitter about things your pet enjoys and any personality quirks that could make providing care more challenging.

Should you write a contract when hiring a pet sitter, and if so- what should be in it?

Your pet sitter should provide you with a contract. If the sitter doesn’t, you should write a contract for the sitter to sign. It should include details of the care the sitter agrees to provide for your pet.

What items should a professional pet sitter have on hand?

A professional pet sitter should have a pet first aid kit on hand as well as comfort items, such as blankets and toys. Professional pet sitters should also have treats to offer pets, as long as owners have approved the treats, as well as an extra leash and carrier for emergencies.

What questions should you ask your pet sitter before you hire them?

Before you make a hiring decision, ask any pet sitters you're considering if they have experience caring for your type of pet and for references you can contact. You should also ask each pet sitter whether they have insurance and if they provide a contract.

How far in advance of your vacation should you start looking for a pet sitter?

It's best to start looking for a pet sitter as soon as you decide you’re going on vacation, but allow yourself three weeks at a minimum. You might also have the sitter you’re considering watch your pet for a short trial run before leaving for a longer vacation.

Should your pet meet your pet sitter before your trip?

Your pet should definitely meet your pet sitter before your trip. Meeting the sitter ahead of time may help reduce the nervousness your pet feels when you leave, compared to being left with a  total stranger. It can also keep your pet from aggressively protecting your home from the sitter.

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