Choosing a Pet Sitter in the CT Shoreline

September 17, 2019
By: Adriana Valle
Choosing a Pet Sitter in the CT Shoreline

Some pet parents ask a neighbor or friends to help, others opt for boarding.

But having someone care for your pets and home should not be taken lightly!

Here’s a few things to keep in mind if you are looking for a pet sitter in Connecticut:


Liability insurance is a MUST when you have someone responsible for the care of your home and pets. What happens if they leave a faucet open by accident and your property is flooded or damaged?

You are covered with SHP – we are fully insured & bonded!


Ask your potential sitter for at least two references of other pet parents who they have worked with. Professional references are not enough, you need to make sure your Pet Sitter has been reliable and proven to do a good job when it comes to pets. Talking to two sets of pet parents will give you an overall feeling of their work ethic.

SHP has raving reviews and can provide you with any references!


Pets are living beings and emergencies happen. Your Pet Sitter should be qualified to perform Pet First Aid & CPR AND able to take your pets to the animal hospital when required!

Make sure their certification is up to date, ask to see their certificate.

SHP is Pet First Aid & CPR Certified!


Anyone can seem nice and harmless, but their history with law enforcement might tell otherwise. Make sure your Pet Sitter has a current Background Check available to you with a clean record.

At SHPs ALL Pet Sitters are Background Checked every 6 months


What happens if your Pet Sitter has a family emergency and needs to leave town? Or is severely ill? Or their car breaks? Or worse?

It’s in your best interest to hire a team-based pet care company

Plus, SHP has reliable back up care and a central software with all your instructions available to sitters assigned to your appointments. No visit is ever missed!


Transparency is key. Chose a Pet Sitter who will supply you with a pet care contract outlining duties to be completed, key policy, vet release, payment & service terms, etc. If anything happens, there is a document to protect you legally as a consumer. At SHP we provide all our clients with Service Agreements


Make sure your pet sitter is local to your area. Having someone who lives 45 minutes away might not be the best idea to juggle their schedule and your pet care needs.

SHP operates in the following towns:

Old Saybrook, Essex, Ivoryton, Centerbrook, Deep River, Chester, Westbrook, Clinton, Old Lyme, East Lyme, Niantic

Selected Parts of: Lyme, Madison, Killingworth, Haddam,  Higganum & East Haddam

Newly Added Areas: Waterford, Groton, Uncasville, Gales Ferry, New London, Mystic & Noank


Who wants to scramble to get a new pet sitter every time you have to travel?

Students are great but they always move on to better bigger things and they are not to blame!

Choose a Pet Sitter who is available year round and is going to be local to your area in the long-term. Choose a professional whose care of your pets is their livelihood and not their hobby.

SHP is available year round and not going anywhere!


It is imperative you meet for an introduction with your Pet Sitter with enough time prior to your pet care needs. See how they interact with your pets, how your pets react to them, if they understand the tasks and routines you explain, and set expectations from the start!

SHP meets with all new clients during a consultation at their home


We hope these tips have helped in your search!

Are you ready to hire a Professional Pet Sitter?

By Adriana Valle

Adriana is the owner and Chief Pet-Loving Officer at Shoreline Happy Paws. She has been a Professional Pet Sitter for over 10 years.

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