Tell me about your experience handling animals and any special training.
I have a lifetime of experience with animal care and husbandry. I grew up with horses, goats, chickens, waterfowl, and livestock (cows, sheep, goats, etc), providing general and medical care, feed, grooming etc to all, as needed. In my youth, I was a pet/animal/house sitter for our neighbors.
I also have advanced veterinary technician experience (in traditional and exotic vet clinics, and in emergency/criwtical care environments). This also provides in-depth knowledge of first aid and urgent care for pets. I have worked in specialty shops to big name pet stores in the past, as small mammal and aquatic specialist, and have set up and maintained many kinds of freshwater fish set-ups.
It is always my goal to provide a level of pet/animal care to my clients that puts me head and shoulders above the everyday pet sitter. I am also Pet First Aid and CPR Certified.
What is your back-up plan, in the event of an emergency?
We work hard to ensure that our clients and their pets are well cared for, no matter what unexpected emergencies arise. However, we require that our clients set up their own local emergency back-up, whether it’s another sitter or a local friend or family member who has a key and is ready to help while you are away, if needed.
We are more than happy to help folks set up an emergency contact system prior to setting up new service. It will be up to clients to maintain their emergency contact network and let us know of any changes before any scheduled sits. Read more about our back-up emergency support plans, and what is required of our clients to ensure that our back-up plans work properly.
Are you comfortable administering medication or first aid?
Brea has advanced-level clinic experience as a veterinary technician and experience providing basic to advanced medical care for dogs, cats and other animals, and has also worked through formal, college-level vet tech training and curriculum.
She is willing and able to administer topical, pill or liquid meds, subcutaneous fluids, injections such as insulin, and provide basic medical care to your pets and can also prepare/feed special diets if needed.
Argosy University–Twin Cities
Selection of classes taken: Small Animal Medicine, Veterinary Diseases, Veterinary Lab Procedures, Animal Behavior, Clinical Veterinary Training, Comparative Anatomy, Emergency & Critical Care, Parasitology, Microbiology, Veterinary Pharmacology, other supportive classes.
Are you willing to do additional tasks at my home while I’m away (e.g., water plants, bring in the mail)
We’re happy to water indoor and outdoor plants, bring in the mail, scoop poop, clean litter boxes and pet areas, etc. Barf? No problem. Other pet messes? We’ll clean them right up! We bring a full cleaning kit with us to every visit. We will ensure that pet areas and your home in general are neat and tidy when you return!
We often provide extra cleaning services free of charge such as wiping down kitchen surfaces, a quick mop of the kitchen and entry floors, as applicable) etc. Our goal is to leave a home better than we found it. We are also happy to send you pictures and videos via cell phone of your pet friends, so you can rest assured that they are well taken care of and happy!
Can you provide proof that you carry commercial liability insurance covering accidents, injuries or damages?
Yes! BatCo is fully insured. Read more about our memberships and insurance coverage.
NOTE: “Bonding” insurance is only required if a business has employees or independent contractors who will enter client homes. I don’t hire employees or contractors, and I am not required by law to secure bonding insurance. BatCo’s comprehensive pet sitter insurance covers me, your pets, and your home and property.
What are your vaccination policies?
We require that pets such as cats and dogs (and exotic pets such as foxes, skunks, ferrets, etc) are kept current with their rabies vaccinations, as required by Oregon law.
We may make exceptions based on the pet’s age, titer levels, general health, or living arrangements. For example, if there is an active pet door that could be used by an outside mammal to enter the home, or allow pets to go outside with no supervision, we will require rabies vaccinations for all cats and dogs under our care.
Other vaccinations have some leeway. If you choose not to provide core vaccinations (or to adjust vaccination schedules due to antibody titer test results, etc) we respect your choices. However, because we care for so many animals with varying vaccine status, and visit homes that include health-compromised pets, we STRONGLY recommend that you provide at least the core vaccinations your cats and dogs need. We cannot be held accountable for any pet illnesses resulting from unvaccinated pets.
What would you like to know about a dog before sitting him or her?
We would like to know of any special needs, relating to personality, health, care and feeding. It’s also helpful to know if your dog or other furry pets have particular behavioral or personality quirks. We’d also like to know how they handle on leash/harness, and how the dog tolerates other people/animals while out and about on walks.
Do you have any breed preferences or restrictions?
I don’t have any breed preferences and love pets of all breeds and species, but if your dog is an angry dog, dangerously undisciplined, is not neutered, or is a biter, I will not to handle or pet sit any aggressive dogs of any breed. Please BE HONEST when informing me of your pets’ history, to protect me and your pets from unfortunate circumstances.
Will you visit my cat every other day? I'm trying to save money.
If we are pet sitting your cats while you are away, we require at least one visit per day to your home. For the safety and wellness of your cats and the security of your property and home, we will not contract for non-consecutive days (skipping days).
Please read more about this important, non-negotiable policy here: We Will Not Skip Visits for Your Cat
Pet Sitter Pledge of Professional Conduct
Bat Country Pet Sitting hereby pledges:
- To respect my fellow professional pet sitters and to treat customers and competitors with honesty and integrity
- To refrain from saying, writing, or doing anything which would defame my competitors or bring embarrassment or dishonor to the pet sitting industry
- To operate my pet sitting business in a professional manner and to enhance the pet sitting industry within the community
- To deliver skillful, safe, compassionate care to all pets entrusted to my supervision
- To keep all client information confidential
- To safeguard the client’s residence by taking all reasonable precautions
- To continue to learn as much as possible about my career as a professional pet sitter so that I can provide superior service to each client
- To support and encourage responsible pet ownership with my customers as well as my community
- To continually improve my knowledge of the pet sitting profession by participating in educational opportunities
- To comply with all local ordinances relating to the care and keeping of animals; and to obey all regulations, Federal, State, and local