What do I need to do to get started?
The first thing we need to do is schedule a meet and greet. This allows me to get to know you and your pet. We’ll discuss your pet, home, and go over our services. When you decide to move forward with Pup Club, we will discuss pricing and service options to best fit your needs. I will ask you to sign a service agreement and I will request 2 copies of your house key. If you are not able to provide me with a key at the time of the consultation, you can schedule a time to drop it off at my office in Rosedale (SR-70 & I-75). I secure all client keys/garage openers in my office in a safe location.
Are you bonded and insured?
Yes, I am bonded and insured by Pet Care Insurance.
Are you certified in pet first aid?
I am certified in pet CPR & first aid through Pet Tech.
Which organizations are you affiliated with?
I am a member of Pet Sitters International (PSI), PetsitUSA, and the Lakewood Ranch Young Leaders Alliance.
Do you have a list of references?
Yes! I’m always glad to provide references.
Do you work on holidays?
I do. There is a $5 holiday surcharge for walks and $10 for sitting for any visits that fall on New Year’s Day, Easter, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas, & New Year’s Eve.
What happens in bad weather?
We’ll walk in the rain. If the weather is unsafe, we will rearrange the visit but I will make sure your pet gets out to go potty.
What hours do you do your visits?
Our general hours are 7am – 7pm, seven days a week. I do offer visits before 7am and after 7pm for an additional fee or through certain arrangements.
What are your service areas?
Our service area map is here.
How will you communicate with me to let me know how the visit went?
I have a few options based on what you prefer. If you use the Scout GPS app, I will send an update via the app. I have an online report card that can be emailed to you after each visit, I can send a text or we can leave a report card at your house. Please be sure to let your sitter know your preference so we can make sure we are communicating the best way possible for you!
Will someone different be coming into my house all the time?
Absolutely not. I am currently the business owner and sole employee.
Should you tip your pet sitter?
Tips aren’t expected but are very much appreciated. I work extremely hard to ensure the safety and well-being of your pet at all times and will often go above and beyond the call of duty.
Do you provide Emergency ASAP Service?
Yes. I understand that our clients may need emergency visits from time to time. While we are not a 24 hour, on-call service, we will make every effort to accommodate our clients at the last minute. I charge a $25 surcharge per visit. Please note this service is based on availability.
What happens if I lock myself out of my house and I need the copy you have of our key?
I do offer a key retrieval service. If you are locked out of your home and you need us to retrieve your key, I will charge a $25 fee during normal business hours. After business hours, I will charge a $40 fee. Please note this service is based on availability.
What forms of payment do you accept?
I currently accept checks (made out to “Pup Club” or “Megan Lowndes”), PayPal, and major credit cards.
When is payment due?
Payment is due when services are rendered unless other payment options have been arranged in writing.