Pet-sitting can be a pet-peeve (no pun intended) for some nannies and au pairs.
For example, Katie, a nanny working in Atlanta, GA told Be the Best Nanny Newsletter, “I don’t like pets. I just don’t accept nanny jobs at homes that own any large pets.”
Sandra, a live-in nanny working in Westport, CT explains, “I am allergic to cats and dogs so I cannot work for a family that owns a cat or dog. I don’t like other pets but as long as I am not responsible for caring for them then I can work in the household.”
MaryAnne, a household manager in Morristown, NJ explains, “I feel I ought to be compensated more if a family I work for has a dog. Whenever the parents have said I won’t be responsible for caring for the dog that was far from the truth. Dogs are harder to care for than the children. I don’t mind cats or smaller animals. But, I have no interest in walking dogs or cleaning litter boxes.”
Using a simple pet-sitting contract can be helpful when parents ask nannies or au pairs to pet-sit.
For example, if the family will be traveling on vacation the nanny or au pair should create a separate pet-sitting work agreement that includes essential responsibilities for the job. If the au pair or nanny cannot perform the pet-sitting duties the parents can then use the work agreement when they hire another pet-sitter as well.
Information to Include in a Pet-Sitting Contract:
Emergency phone number where the family can be reached in case of emergency.
Veterinarian phone number.
- Pet-sitter back up person in case of emergency.
- List of family, friends, or neighbors that have a key to the house.
- Detailed history of each pet.
- Where family buys pet food and supplies.
- What food to serve each pet, at what time, and the amount of food.
- Detailed list of any medications required. When, how much, and what type of medicine should be given to each pet.
- Which treats the pets are allowed to have and at what times.
- Fees per walk and length of each walk (for example half hour walk).