Here is an article we wrote in 2008 that was published in the Rocky Mountain News and Denver Post in the Pet Section of Your Hub - Arvada, Wheat Ridge, Westminster, Northglenn, Thornton, Superior, Broomfield Enterprise, Boulder, Erie, Longmont, Brighton, Federal Heights and other Northern Front Range Colorado publications.
North Metro Denver Pet Sitters Unite To Care For Our Furry Friends.
Professional pet sitting group networks to provide in home pet care for North Metro Denver and surrounding cities.
North Metro Denver Pet Sitters (NMDPS) is Colorado’s largest network of pet care companies committed to providing in home service for all types of pets living in the north Metro Denver area. From Wheat Ridge to Longmont, Boulder to Brighton, and everywhere in between, they work to educate the more than 300,000 pet owners about the benefits, for them and their pets, of using a Professional Pet Sitter.
NMDPS members are experienced giving veterinary prescribed medications as required. They also provide the added benefits of taking care of your basic household duties like watering plants, bringing in the mail, putting out the trash, and rotating lighting and window treatments as part of their services. Some members of NMDPS board two or three dogs in their own home, or in the homes of their network of professional caregivers, rather than make visits to the dog’s home. Other members may provide overnight pet sitting, pet taxi, and errand running.
“There is still a large percentage of pet owners that aren’t aware of the option of leaving their pets at home in the care of a professional pet sitter” says Mickey Borders, co-organizer of NMDPS and owner of Sirius Pet Care, LLC. “We meet with potential clients and their pets in advance to get acquainted with them and learn more about each pet’s particular needs. When we provide service, we make sure each pet gets personalized caring attention, and stays close to their normal routine.”
NMDPS members are properly licensed, insured, and/or bonded depending on what type of service is offered. They are professionals that have many years of experience and are dedicated animal care providers. They also have special training ranging from The American Red Cross Pet First Aid and CPR class to accreditation from nationally known pet sitting organizations. They follow a high code of ethics that include honesty, dependability, and treating every pet as if it was their own.
Clients of NMDPS range from working people that want daily pet visits for exercise, medication, or to be turned outside, to others going out to town on vacation or business. Some may have physical limitations that require them to have help with their pets’ needs.
The cost of NMDPS services varies by the individual company and the services provided, but are very competitive with other forms of pet care, especially if multiple pets are involved.
“We work together to keep costs down by referring to other members in the network that may be closer to the client. Between all the members of NMDPS, I’m sure we cover just about every pet owning household from I-70 north to Longmont,” notes Borders. “We also get together once a month to discuss current pet care issues and ways to improve our services.”
For more information contact Mickey Borders at 720.447.DOGS (3647)
Here is another article about we wrote about professional pet sitting that was published 6/25/09 in
The Arvada Press, Wheat Ridge Transcript, Golden Transcript, and the Lakewood Sentinel
Professional Pet Sitting… A Better Choice In Pet Care!
When people travel and have to leave their pets many feel the only option is to call the local kennel or inconvenience a friend or neighbor to look after them. Not anymore! Many people aren’t aware they have another option and that is to hire a professional pet sitter.
With a professional pet sitter your pets can stay in the comfort of their own home. They won’t be exposed to the stress and possible illness or injury from being exposed to other animals. Plus they get personalized attention, just as they would from their owner. And in many cases it’s less expensive to hire a professional pet sitter.
While some animals do fine in a kennel, many do not. Many pets come home with weight loss, depression, anxiety, digestive issues, and kennel cough even after getting all their required shots. Some don’t want to eat or interact with their family the way they used to. Older animals are more prone to show symptoms of the stress associated with being left in a strange environment.
Professional pet sitters are properly licensed, insured, and/or bonded depending on what type of service is offered. Many have many years of experience, have references, and are dedicated animal care providers. They also have special training ranging from certification from The American Red Cross Pet First Aid and CPR class, to accreditation from nationally known pet sitting organizations. They follow a high code of ethics that include honesty, dependability, and treating every pet as if it was their own.
Most are experienced giving veterinary prescribed medications as required, including insulin injections. They also provide the added benefits of taking care of your basic household duties like watering plants, bringing in the mail, putting out the trash, and rotating lighting and window treatments as part of their services, providing your home with a “lived in look” to help deter crime. Others may provide overnight in home pet sitting, dog walking services or mid day pet visits for people that work long hours or can’t give their pets the proper exercise or relief they need.
Professional pet sitters meet with potential clients and their pets in advance to get acquainted with them and learn more about each pet’s particular needs. Visits are generally thirty minutes or longer and as many visits needed per day can be scheduled. Visits include feeding, fresh water, exercise, as well as lots of attention. They try to make sure pet stays as close to their normal routine as possible. Most will leave visit notes or update pet owners while they are gone.
So the next time you have to leave your pets behind, do them and yourself a favor and look into hiring a professional pet sitter!
Click here for more information about the services of Sirius Pet Care in-home Pet Sitters and Dog Walkers!
Would you like Sirius Fun Work?
Sirius Pet Care is looking to find responsible, honest and hard-working animal lovers for the following:
Midday Dog Walker & Pet Sitter: Dog Walking position: Must be available between the hours of 9 AM- 3 PM Monday- Friday.
Pet Sitter/ Dog Walking position: Available for overnight stays in client homes, especially during Holiday weeks. AM/PM visits weekend and weekdays.The more availability you have, the more consideration you will receive for the position. If you are also available midday during the week, even better.
These may be part time, or full time income positions, depending on your performance and availability. Vet techs, Dog daycare, kennel experience, or have worked as pet sitters preferred, but not necessary.
Pet Sitter Responsibilities Include: Working weekdays, weekends and holidays, as stays vary based on client needs. Entering the homes of clients to visit with their pets for varying lengths of time (usually 30-60 minutes each visit or 10-12 hours for overnights). Walk pets as required and be able to handle walking large dogs, sometimes more than one. Provide food, water and medications to pets as required. Be comfortable cleaning up any messes made by pets including scooping litter boxes. Communicate with clients and management during visits and throughout the day.
Pet Sitter Requirements and Qualifications: Must be responsible, reliable and dependable . Must be compassionate about animals and feel comfortable working with, and interacting with all types of animals, big and small. Must be over 21 years old. Must have a reliable, insured vehicle. Must be able to travel throughout, and live in our service area (preferably between I-70 to 120th and Indiana to I-25). Must be able to pass criminal background check. Must be extremely detail oriented. Must be able to follow detailed instructions provided by clients and management. Must possess excellent written and oral communication skills. Must be timely and punctual. Must be able to “think on your feet” and use common sense. Must be a self starter and able to self-manage. Must be able to work outside, and drive in all types of weather. Must be flexible and adaptable as pet schedules are always changing. Must have a smartphone with GPS, text, and email. Home pc and printer preferred as well. Must be able to work holidays, especially the weeks of Thanksgiving, Christmas. Must be willing to make a minimum 6 month commitment.
To apply, please attach a brief cover letter telling us about yourself and work history.
Since following directions is an important part of this job, applications not including the information below will not be accepted!
In the comment section, please include the following: 1. Please telling us about yourself and work history and why you want to join our team? 2. What experience do you have with dogs, cats, and other animals? 3. What days of the week are you available to work? Please include the times of day you would be available. For example, “I am available Monday-Friday between the times of 7AM- 10AM and 3PM- 9PM as well as overnights” 4. Any animals you are not comfortable working with and explain why (allergies,fear, etc)
If you don't hear back from us within 48 hours we either don't have any positions open or we don't feel you would be a good fit at this time. We will keep your information on file for future openings! Thank you for your interest in working with us!!
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