What is a Meet & Greet?

The Meet & Greet.  What it is, and What you need to know.

You find that you need a professional pet sitter.  You’ve done an internet search, or a friend made a recommendation, even another pet sitter may have made a recommendation.  Now it is time to make a call to set up a Meet & Greet, but before you do, you should check the website of the professional pet sitter you intend to contact.  Frequently the pet sitter will have valuable information including services, service area, rates for services, reviews by clients who were provided services, and you will get a sense of the person you will be contacting.

A Meet & Greet is a meeting between a professional pet sitter you have contacted and wish to hire for the care of a pet or pets while you go on vacation, out of town for business, or simply need a dog walker. 

You certainly want to meet the professional pet sitter before entrusting the care of your pet and grant access to your home.  The professional pet sitter also needs to meet you and your pet(s) before accepting the job.                                                  

The professional pet sitter will need to obtain information about your pets, temperament, health issues, location of supplies, food, routine of the pet.                                                                                                                                             

They also will ask if there are any special tasks you require, such as, bringing in the mail, taking out the garbage, etc.

Things to ask the professional pet sitter at the Meet & Greet.                                                                                   

Are you insured, do you have liability insurance for pet services?                                                                                                                                                                         

Do you have employees, and are they bonded and covered under your insurance?                                                                    

If no employees, do you have back up in the event you are unable to make a visit?                                                              

How long have you been a professional pet sitter?                                                                                                            

Have you ever missed a visit?                                                                                                                                           

Did you do a background check on your employees?                                                                                                          

How do you handle and secure the key to my house?                                                                                                           

Do you have references?                                                                                                                                                

How much do you charge per visit?  Do you have a holiday surcharge? 

Most professional pet sitters will give you this information without being asked, but if not, these are questions you may want to know before hiring the professional pet sitter.

Courtesy at The Meet & Greet.  

This begins with the initial contact of a professional pet sitter.  Be aware that a professional pet sitter’s business is often the livelihood of the pet sitter.                                                                                             

Many professional pet sitters offer free Meet & Greets, but the trend is to charge a fee for the Meet & Greet that will be applied to the service provided.                                                                                                                                                   

Why?  Professional pet sitters must pay an employee for the M&G if the employee will be the primary pet sitter/dog walker.                                                                                                                                                                          

The professional pet sitter has arranged their schedule to meet the prospective client.                                                        

Meet & Greets are an integral part of the business, and while there is no obligation to hire the pet sitter, we simply would like to know if you are interviewing other pet sitters at the time of the initial contact.                                                                      

The owner of a busy professional pet sitting business may opt out of a Meet & Greet if there will be an ongoing interviewing process.   A “heads up” would be appreciated.                                                                                                              

The professional pet sitter/dog walker is usually booked early for holidays, therefore, if you are planning a vacation, you should book as far ahead as possible.  Last minute bookings will result in a lengthy search to find a professional pet sitter.

The professional pet sitter is a business owner who runs a business.  This includes expenses such as liability insurance, bonding if there are employees, professional organization fees, employer taxes, payroll, CPA fees, attorney fees, etc.   People frequently think we do this as a hobby and you would be surprised at the rude comments made to us, and which diminish our profession.  So remember, we are professional business owners, and we appreciate clients who understand this.  And the professional pet sitter will give you friendly, yet professional information, and will provide your pet(s) with experienced and loving care.


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