Our Mission Statement
The purpose of CCPPSN is to:
1. Provide business-related support and information to its members
2. To offer a support system of peers and friends
3. To build an awareness of pet sitting in our community
All activities and work by the Network are to be designed to benefit the entire membership and pet sitting industry as a whole.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is CCPPSN and what does it do?
The Central Coast Professional Pet Sitters Network is a group of San Luis Obispo County pet sitters who meet each month. Topics discussed during meetings include business operations, animal welfare issues, and business ethics. All members are responsible for seeking new members from the community and mentoring them. CCPPSN maintains a database of individual pet sitting businesses within its membership in order to facilitate client referrals. This is invaluable since the typical pet sitter receives many inquiries from potential clients who do not reside within the service area of their business.
Who is eligible to become a member of CCPPSN?
Membership in this network is open to all professional pet sitting businesses licensed to operate in the city or community in which
business is conducted, and who has customers in San Luis Obispo County. Each member pet sitting business must be a member of a professional pet sitting organization (such as Pet Sitters International, National Association of Professional Pet Sitters, or Pet Sitters Associates) or agree to become a member within 30 days. In addition each member must carry pet sitter liability insurance.
How can I receive information about becoming a member of
CCPPSN or starting a professional pet sitting business?
For membership information: Please e mail
Why Hire a Professional Pet Sitter?
By choosing to leave your pets at home in their own, familiar environment and have a pet sitter come in to care for them, you leave them in the environment they know. There is no diet change or change in routine, they are not stressed by traveling to and from a boarding kennel or stressed by being at the kennel itself, and there is no chance of picking up various parasites or other infectious diseases such as kennel cough.
By using a professional pet sitter you can rest assured that your pets care will not be forgotten as sometimes happens when neighbors or family are asked to care for them.
Your mail and paper can be brought in so no one, including delivery
people, realize you are not at home.
Most pet sitters will do plant watering and other requested chores to make your time away worry free which also keeps your home looking lived in.
How do you find and choose a pet sitter?
Ask friends if they have used a pet sitter and get their reccomendations. Check with your veternarian as they may have clients that are professional pet sitters. Do an online search and
check the Yellow Pages for your area.
Find out about the pet sitters experience and qualifications by asking the following questions:
What services are included in the fee?
Do extra services require additional fee(s)?
Does the sitter have a written contract?
How does the pet sitter handle emergencies for your
Is the sitter licensed and insured?
Does the sitter have backup should they become ill?
Most importantly, observe how your pets react to the pet sitter.
How can you help your pet sitter?
It is helpful to have written lists and instructions for your pet sitter containing the following information:
- your pets by species (if more than one) giving their name, description, age, and sex
- any medical problems or medications to be given
- current vaccinations
- License tag number
- where the pets are fed and locations of individual bowls at feeding time
- if a can opener is needed please leave it out with spoon/fork as needed
- where the extra food will be located
- where the pets source of water is located
- the veterinarian that you use and their contact information
- who to contact in case of emergency if the sitter cannot reach you
- where the important safety features are: circuit breaker, gas and water shut offs, etc.
- names and contact information for neighbors that could be helpful if needed
- where your pet's favorite hiding places are located
- detailed travel itinerary, contact numbers along the way, and if flying list the airlines, times and flight numbers
Please have a house key ready foryour sitter and decide if it should be kept for future service. Having a pet sitter retain your key is
useful for emergency travel. If you prefer to retain your key, advise your pet sitter where it should be left on the last visit, or make an appointment to have it returned to you at a later date.
Finally, please call your pet sitter upon your arrival home so they know you have arrived safely and your pets are under your care again.
Critter Care by Karen Clanin