Pet Sitters on HomeGuide cost
$20 - $150 /hour

The average cost for a pet sitter is $50 per hour. Hiring a pet sitter to take care of your pet, you will likely spend between $20 and $150. The price of pet sitting can vary greatly by region (and even by zip code). View our local pet sitters or get free estimates from pros near you.

How much does a pet sitter cost?

It’s hard to leave your pet day after day, knowing he might not do so well alone. It’s even more difficult if your pet is sick or older and needs to have someone check on him frequently. Whatever your needs are when hiring company for your pet, you can find a pet sitter that will come to your home and give your pet the care he or she needs, for prices starting at $10/hour.

In Your Home

While many pet owners are happy to leave their pets at a pet center every day, many times that’s not an option—if your pet is sick, or not good in the company of other pets, or he’s older and finds it hard to get around. Pet sitting in your own home is the perfect answer to giving your pet the company and care he needs.

Cassi Cares Sitting Services in Cincinnati, OH, charges $10/hour to come to your home, and asks for $2/hour for each additional pet. It costs $30/night to have Doggie Den Care in Silver Spring, MD, sit your pet, plus $18 for a walk. It’s $71/night to hire Pupsicles Dog Care in Denver, CO, plus $4 for each additional pet. Betty D in Prospect Park, PA, has prices starting at $12/hour.

Reputation

If you want to get your pet the most professional care possible, hire a bonded and insured pet sitter. Many are members of the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters.

While it’s easy to believe that nothing can go wrong by hiring someone keep your pet company for a while, the pet might become sick or property damage may occur while the pet sitter is with your pet. Your pet sitter’s insurance can protect you from those costs.

Consider hiring a pet sitter with a knowledge of pet CPR and pet first aid. Ask pet sitters if they have experience at giving pets meds and how long they have been pet sitting for.

Hire the best fit for your pet up front by doing a meet and greet with prospective sitters, and get the sitter accustomed to your pet’s schedule and needs.

Pet Sitting out of the House

Pet sitters don’t only come to your home and sit with your pet; many are willing to also take your dog out to a park or dog park to run around for an hour or so. Pupsicles Dog Care in Denver, CO, will pick up your dog and take him to an off-leash location for a long walk/run for $66/3-4 hours. Additional pets are $33.

Pawsitively Pooches in Aurora, CO, will board your dog in her own home for $50/night, and for an additional $15 per night, will sit another pet too. Comfort Crew Pet Sitters in North Richland Hills, TX, will sit your pet in her own home for $35/night.

Pet Sitter Updates

Pet sitters will often be willing to take photos and videos of your pet while they are being looked after, and they can either text these to you while you are away or post them to social media for you. It’s good to know your pet is having a good time despite your absence. This service may or may not be included in the quoted price.

Drop-In

Many pets are happy enough to stay home alone for hours at a time, but they might need potty breaks, meds, or cuddles. Pawsitively Pooches in Aurora, CO, will do in-home visits for most small animals for $19/30 minutes or $34/hour. If you pay for ten visits upfront, they give a 10-30% discount.

Adventures of Brigid’s Petsitting in Clifton Heights, PA, will spend an hour with your pet for $20, and/or walk your pet for $20/20-minute walk. Doggie Escorts in Pompano Beach, FL, will drop in and give your pet some playtime, affection, and feeding for $30/hour. Mrs Wooferton's Dog Walking and Pet Sitting in Houston, TX, will spend time with your cat for $20/20 minutes, $25/30 minutes, and $35/45 minutes.

Travel Costs

If you choose a pet sitter whose office or home is more than ten miles from your home, expect to pay more in travel fees. Pupsicles (mentioned above) charges $25 to act as a pet taxi, which includes the first 25 miles of travel. Comfort Crew Pet Sitters charges $25/30 minutes.

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