Author Byline: Written by Casey Dickson, Rover.com community member. Rover is the nation’s largest network of 5-star pet sitters and dog walkers.
Roving the World of Pet Sitting
Once you’ve leaned into the reality that pets are the center of the world (I might be typing this one-handed, seeing as a certain four-legged furry friend is demanding affection), Rover.com is a total necessity in your life.
Are you a pet owner? Rover has your back.
We’re not kidding when we say Rover has thought of everything when it comes to supporting your life with a pet (and really, is there any other kind?). They provide boarding, house sitting, daycare, daily visits and walking, and more. Rover only lists sitters with squeaky-clean backgrounds and top-notch pet sitting experience, not to mention true-blue proven love for the canine and feline sets.
Once you’ve hired a sitter, the Rover experience has several built-in checks to ensure that you and your pet are getting the best care possible. In the event that a sitter cancels on you within 7 days of a reservation, Rover gives you a full refund—and works hard to help get you a replacement who will take stellar care of your four-legged love. While your pet is in the care of the sitter, Rover reminds them to send photo updates and communicate with you. Because as much as you need that weekend away from it all, you’re not going to enjoy it if you’re feeling out of the loop re: your pet’s daily goings-on. Rover gets that, and makes sure you feel connected all the time.
Seriously, this is a dream side gig. Not only do you get to determine your own hours, and exactly how you make your money — do you want to host pups overnight? Take them for walks? Watch them in your clients’ homes? Provide daycare? Just hang out with cats? You can seriously make money doing any or all of these options — but you can also specify in your profile what breeds, sizes, and ages you’re comfortable with. And guess what? You also get to determine your own rates. You’ve never had this much job flexibility before.
As for the application process, as part of Rover’s efforts to make sure only the very best, experienced, and pet-loving sitters are hired, you’ll go through a background check, fill out a full profile complete with recommendations and testimonials, and more so that Rover knows you’re up for the task. But if you’re a true-blue pet lover with the chops to show for it, you’re tailor-made for the Rover life. There’s a whole world of pets that can’t wait to meet you!
The Rover takeaway
And at the end of the day, whether you’re a pet owner, a pet sitter, or both, it’s a dog-and-cat world—and we’re just living in it. Rover gets that, and knows you do, too.