Pet sitting alternatives
We are a small charity and we have only the facilities to take in rescue animals that will be rehomed. We do not provide fostering or kennel facilities. We also recognise that not all animals do well in kennel environments.
So some options that you could consider if you have an emergency or want to go on holiday are:
Family and friends - can they help? It's particularly good if the animal knows and trusts them
Pet sitting - where the animal is looked after in the owner's home.
Pet hosting - where the animal is cared for in the pet sitter's home.
Benefits to the animal and you includes:
less stress as there is no change to the environment or routine
a feeling of safety from being surrounded by familiar sights, smells and sounds
the animal continuing to receive ongoing human attention
maintaining medical treatment, if required
eliminating the trauma of travel or an unfamiliar environment
ensuring good health (no exposure to other animals' illnesses or parasites
having someone responsible for looking after your pet
Kennel or Cattery - where you board your animal in a registered establishment
the boarding will be regulated, with experience staff, monitoring your animal regularly
it should provide a professional, supervised environment with opportunities to exercise
it can monitor food and medication
the animal will have it's own space & there can be opportunities for them to socialise with other pets
Information to give to your dog’s temporary carer
Your vet's details
Knowledge of any pre-existing medical conditions
An emergency contact
Any medication that your animal is on, instructions and dosage
Your animal's usual feeding routine and type of food it is used to
Any behaviour issues that they will need to be aware of
Your dog’s microchip information in case they get lost
What time you usually walk your dog and how much exercise they need per day
If staying in your own home or someone else’s, the rules for the household, such as if your dog is allowed up on the furniture etc
Whether you are happy for them to let your dog off lead and if so, when you are comfortable with them doing this
Below is a list of people who offer these services. We are not aware of most of these contacts, so would advise that you carry out your own checks to make sure you are satisfied eg check if they are registered, if they have reviews /recommendation on media sites, visit / meet in advance of any booking, are they insured/registered.
Most importantly don't leave it to the last minute to book- most get booked up quickly!
Rover is a Pet sitting app (similar to air bnb but for pet sitting). Each sitter is ID checked and people can review their experiences with that sitter. You can search for Boarding, pet sitting, drop in visits, doggy day care, dog walking services
The Stables Cattery
The Stables Cattery is a 5* family run boarding facility for cats. They are fully licensed and approved. We personally know the owner and can highly recommend them
Vicky 19 British Road , Crumlin, United Kingdom, BT29 4DH
Provides dogcare in own home and is fully insured with protectivity. Only looks after one family dog at a time so that all dogs get the attention they deserve.
Angela - Whitehead area
Dibbles Cat Sitting
Dibbles Cat Sitting is a pet service in the Newtownabbey area caring for cats and small animals in their own home.
We are dedicated to providing the highest quality in home care as an alternative to a boarding cattery which allows your cats to remain in their own environment and maintain their daily routine. We know the owner & would recommend them - see their Facebook page
6 Kings Walk, Newtownabbey
School Yard Boarding
Runs a 5* home from home where the dogs stay in my home. Will around the clock care. Food walks and treats are included in the price
Danielle -Orrs Lane, Lisburn, United Kingdom
Details on Facebook