Vacations are often exciting, but leaving furry family members behind can be stressful.
Park Cities Pet Sitter Inc. strives to set minds at ease by offering experienced care for animals (furry or not), as well as training, walks, and house checks. Lucky pet owners may even receive a photo or two of their happy pets.
“We literally have seen just about everything that can possibly happen when it comes to taking care of people’s pets and homes,” owner Joette White said. “That gives both our clients and staff a lot of comfort and peace of mind.”
With a passion for animals, White began as a pet sitter for the company in 1996. In 2000, she purchased it with a goal to grow and improve services.
“The business is much larger now than it was back in 2000, but the fundamental principles are exactly the same as they were the day I bought it,” White said. “We take great care of our staff so they will take great care of our clients — it is a formula that works and will not change.”
The company has been in business for 25 years, and several of its nearly 50 sitters have been with it from five to 20 years.
“Some of my clients have been with me the whole time I’ve been with the company, and we have developed wonderful relationships,” said Mike McLain, a 15-year pet sitter.
It’s important to the staff that families and pets see a familiar face, so the company prefers to assign a client the same sitter each time. If the usual employee is unavailable, the company can arrange for an in-person meeting for the client and pets to get to know the new sitter.
Starlette Johnson, a client since 2002, said such practices create trust.
“Their sitters are very well trained, and they are very responsible with not just my ‘kids,’ but with my home,” Johnson said.