How To Find A Pet Sitter For Free

By Lisa Logan | Homeowner

Going Away? Find a pet sitter happy to care for your pet and home free of charge.

One of the biggest worries experienced by pet owners is what to do with our furry friends when we are away going away. Kennels and catteries can feel a difficult solution and house sitting agencies, expensive. 

Help is at hand. It is possible to find a pet sitter happy to care for your furry family members, free of charge. Read five pet owners experiences of finding a house & pet sitter via the Internet for free...

Dogs looking for their ideal pet sitter

These friendly chaps want to stay at home

Most pets hate going to kennels and prefer to stay in the comfort of their own homes but traditional house sitting agencies charge very high fees and it isnat always possible or practical to ask a friend or relative to help. We have spoken to many pet owners around the globe about their experiences:

Peter in Sandbanks, Poole (UK) uses "because previous attempts through friends, family or 'professionals', to get the cat, house and garden looked after, proved to be at best expensive, and at worst unreliable"

Sandbanks, Poole

Peter often uses cat sitters for his beautiful home pictured here in Poole

  • The website lists hundreds of trustworthy, experienced, pet loving sitters ready to help free of charge as Peter explains -
    "We had a number of swift responses from REALLY nice people, and chose a couple who turned out to be a major "find". We came back from our trip to a contented cat, and a house and garden in a better condition than we left it"

    Angela from British Columbia, Canada has been finding her house sitters free of charge through for the past two years -
    "For a number of reasons I choose not to use an agency; I need to have absolute control over my choice of sitter. I see absolutely no point in paying for a service that I can do myself. I have better ways of spending that sort of money, and who knows my needs better than I do? Agency sitters charge a daily rate, daily food allowance and charge according to the number of pets involved. In two years I have never paid a sitter!"


Home in British Columbia

Angela uses for her home pictured here, in British Columbia, Canada

Every pet owner can now get the same peace of mind as Peter and Angela by finding a pet sitter with Itas a simple and easy process: 

1.  Go to and create a simple to do listing.

2.  List your requirements a let potential pet sitters know about your home & pet care needs.


If you have unusual pets - such as Alaskan huskies - you can list all their requirements

Registered house sitters, happy to pet sit free of charge in your area, will be securely messaged about your requirements . They can then contact you through our online messaging service.

You can also search our extensive pet sitting profiles online to find for your ideal sitter by availability, experience, police check availability, age and location as well as look at references, photos and video profiles.

Our sitters include retired police officers, magistrates, retired teachers, veterinary staff and dog trainers with experience and references, from more that 70 countries around the world.
Caroline with dog

Search through our extensive list of pet sitters to find the right person for you and your pets

  • Choose your sitter a We are confident that you will find your petsa ideal sitter from among our many experienced and trustworthy members.
  • "THANK YOU!!!! What a fabulous company!!! I love the ease of using your site - very intuitive and well designed. Reading the descriptions of your stable of house sitters - WOW - what a fabulous group!!! " Kathleen and Andrew, Rutland, UK
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Kathleen and Andrew use pet sitters for their wonderful home in Rutland Water

  • Your ideal sitter may be just down the round or from further afield. Wherever they are you can now chat a on the phone, via email or Skype a and really get to know each other before the start of the house sit.

Adriana from Vancouver Island found her house sitters from Australia and ameta them on Skype first -

My main concern was Tag my Ginger cat, who's 13 years old. She just wouldn't be happy in a cattery nor I putting her in one. I had to go away for a work trip last year and found a brilliant couple from Australia who wanted to visit my local area so were happy to travel to come and look after Tag for free. It was a simple process and I came home to a spotless home with fresh flowers and just stepped through the door essentials - milk, eggs and bread provided my house sitters. Oh and Tag seemed to have enjoyed an Aussie owner for a while too ;-)a

Welcome your pet sitters a Invite your sitters to arrive with enough time to run through your pets routines and anything else they need to know about your home. This could be the day you leave or the night before [or longer] depending on the complexity of your needs.

Pig sitter required

Make sure you take the time to run through your pets needs with your sitter

  • Go away knowing your pets are safe and happy at home a Your sitters will be happy to update you as often as you like about what your pets have been up to. So if you want a weekly photo or a daily 'Pet Skype' chat, you just have to ask.
  • "Our experience with has been outstanding", says Graham from Matlock, England. A "The site is easy to use and has produced very good results for us. Our friends with pets have now joined up too, and they have been very satisfied. So far we have had one sitter in our house in Derbyshire for one month and a couple from Holland looked after our house and cats in France for three weeks.

Graham's cats in his properties in UK & France have all benefited from the services of a free pet sitter via

  • On both occasions we were able to meet the sitters beforehand which was very reassuring for us and made their settling into our home easier. We now count these people as friends."

Join our growing ranks of savvy pet owners around the world today. And make sure your pets are happy and safe at home when you are next away with the help of a free pet sitter from

7 Responses to "How To Find A Pet Sitter For Free"

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  1. sonia aykroyd says:
    Oct. 9, 2012, 7:05 p.m.

    I have just joined in as a house/ pet sitter. I am so excited as I adore animals of all kinds, that I am looking forward to my first house / pet sitting. apart from my own, off course.....


  2. Helen Pryde says:
    July 24, 2013, 4:52 p.m.

    Pet Sitter required in Howick, South Africa from 2nd Sept 2013 to 30th Sept 2013. We have 3 dogs and 1 cat that require care. We live on a secure country estate with an 18 hole golf course,in the beautiful Natal midlands. Durban is an hours drive away. Our 2 bedroomed house is very manageable,with beautiful views.


    1. Rachel says:
      July 29, 2013, 3:36 p.m.

      Hi Helen To find a house sitter we recommend you register with and create a very simple to do listing, explaining your needs. This will then be emailed to all registered sitters looking to house sit in your area - who will be in contact to apply directly with you via the secure messaging system the website has. You can also proactively approach house sitters too, who you like the look of. Good luck and I'm sure you'll find your ideal house sitter - the majority house sit free of charge too - so saving you lots in kennelling costs and other pet sitting services. Kind regards, Rachel

  3. Francesca says:
    July 29, 2013, 12:07 p.m.

    Did not know about this site. But a friend of mine suggested it. I have a home in tuscany but due to fireplace allergies need to go to a warm climite for the winter. I am a US registered nurse working in clinical research in Euopre looking for a long term house sitting in the Carolina's, Giorgia, Florida, from Jan to May. House pets are great as I have two Jack Russels myself which will stay back home in Tuscany. Is anyone out looking for me?


    1. Rachel says:
      July 29, 2013, 3:48 p.m.

      Hi Francesca Welcome to - you may be interested in registering as a combined member - a housesitter and homeowner. This way you can find your dream house sit and then find someone to care for your Tuscan home while you are away and your two Jack Russell's. You can search for house sits by town / city / region on the website here but please bear in mind that registered members can view house sits 24 hours in advance of non members. Kind regards, Rachel

  4. CentralCoastVet says:
    Oct. 10, 2013, 10:25 a.m.

    I believe the key to a successful sitting relationship is having a dependable and trustworthy house sitter that can be relied upon to care for your home and pets. The house sitter has a huge responsibility and this is something we do not take lightly. Thanks for sharing this informative aticle.


  5. Nazneen says:
    Nov. 1, 2013, 12:16 a.m.

    Hi! I am looking for a dog sitter in New south wales (sydney) and your website looks very interesting i but do not know how to start looking for one. when i select 'join now' to create a listing i'm being asked to pay a price for joining. is that so? I really dont mind paying that amount for a month or up to 3 months provided the payment method is secure. Plz help so i can start looking for wonderful people to look after my pup while im away.


    1. Lisa says:
      Nov. 1, 2013, 10:35 a.m.

      Hi Nazneen, Thanks for getting in touch. It costs from just AUS$29 to create a listing and our house sitters offer their help free of charge. We have hundreds of experienced and reliable house sitters either already in Sydney or happy to travel to help you with your pup. Our payment system is totally secure and backed by Verisign (this is the world leader in secure payments) and your transaction will be processed by WorldPay who are the worlds largest international payment gateway. Its really simple to find your ideal dog sitter: 1. Create a listing to outline your requirements 2. We will let our registered members know what you need 3. Connect with sitters via our secure messaging service 4. Choose your ideal sitter and go away with peace of mind I look forward to seeing your listing on and hope you have a great trip away. All the best, Lisa

  6. Lana Simpson says:
    Nov. 13, 2014, 9:50 p.m.

    I live in Auckland, New Zealand and often need someone to housesit my cat.


    1. admin says:
      Nov. 14, 2014, 2:13 p.m.

      Hi Lana, That's great, we have so many house sitters worldwide that would love to help you out. I've asked our customer services team to email you directly and they will show you how easy it is! Many thanks and happy travels, Nikki

  7. Wilhelmina says:
    Nov. 24, 2014, 8:57 p.m.

    Hi, I live in Spain and would like to know whether you also have pet sitters willing to house/pet sit for a long time? It would be for at least two years!


    1. admin says:
      Nov. 25, 2014, 1:04 p.m.

      Hi there, Yes we have lots of house sitters looking for long term house sits globally! I've asked our customer services team to contact you directly to help you get set up! Many thanks

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