In Singapore, hiring a pet sitter whenever you go on vacation can be easy and convenient due to the number of websites and services available.

However, do be mindful to conduct your own checks on these options, as pet sitting services is not an area that is fully regulated here.

A pet sitter provides care for a pet in its own home while the owner is away.

During this period, the sitter will visit for as long and as often as agreed upon. This is unlike pet boarding where your pet is left at the centre for a stipulated duration.

Some pet sitting services include:

  • Feeding
  • Dog walking
  • Grooming
  • Monitoring pet’s health

Also, if your pet has special dietary needs and medication, instructions can be left for the sitter as well.

In addition to daily visits, some pet sitters also offer overnight sits and house sitting.

Advantages of Pet Sitting

French bulldog sitting on the sofa

Engaging the services of a pet sitter offers many advantages including:

  • Familiar environment for your pet
  • Uninterrupted routines
  • Eliminating travel stress
  • Less risk of exposure to illnesses

This is also a popular option for owners that have pets with medical conditions and require more attention. Pets with anxiety issues such as being shy, unsociable and aggressive towards others will also benefit from being cared for at home.

Furthermore, pet sitters can also check on your home daily and help with simple errands such as watering plants and receiving deliveries.

Pet Sitting Providers in Singapore

Dog enjoying himself at the parkK9 Pet Care

Founded by Daniel in 2014, K9 Pet Care is made up of a small team of pet sitters who had to pass strict interviews and tests. In addition to being certified in pet first aid and CPR, each sitter is also trained in maintaining home security and pet safety.

To engage their services, you can either email, Facebook message or call them. Thereafter, a representative will contact you to find out more about your pet and the services you need.

Type of Service
Prices
Dog walking
$30 - $50+ (~1 hour)
Pet sitting
(Only available in Central and East regions of Singapore)
From $30+ per visit

+65 9631 8962

Dog lying in his bedTrusted House Sitters

Trusted House Sitters is a pet sitting platform that charges a 3 months’ or annual membership fee. During this period, members are entitled to an unlimited number of sits at no additional cost. This is a viable option for pet owners who are frequently away.

Members are required to create a listing complete with images and information about your pet and home. Simply update the listing with the dates you require a pet sitter and you’ll start receiving applications from interested sitters.

Type of Membership
Prices
3 months' membership
$79 (unlimited sits)
1 year membership
$149 (unlimited sits)

Dogs wrapped in towels after a showerComforts From Home

Since her early teens, Ting’s love for animals saw to her active participation in animal rescue and becoming a pet groomer and veterinarian assistant. Thereafter, she founded Comforts From Home to provide pet owners with a peace of mind when they are away.

Whether you have an older dog, puppy, cat or other small animals, Comforts From Home cares for them all. In addition to pet sitting, they also offer home visits to conduct medical procedures.

Type of Pet Sitting Service
Prices
Daily visit
(1 morning and 1 night)
$65
Additional visit (before 8pm)
$25 per visit
Overnight visit (8pm – 7am)
$50 per night

Pet Sitting Matching Platforms in Singapore

Pawshake pet sitter having fun with dogPawshake Singapore

Pawshake is a free pet sitting service; pet parents will only need to pay for the sitter you choose.

It’s claimed that pet sitters listed with them have been carefully vetted. Do check out reviews of each Pawshake pet sitter and meet them before deciding on the one you’re most comfortable with.

Pawshake offers a responsive in-house customer support and comprehensive booking guarantee. Furthermore, they claim to cover all medical expenses in the unlikely event that your pet falls ill during a booking.

Price: No membership fee; pay only for the sitter you choose

Dog and cat taking a nap togetherPetBacker

PetBacker is an international pet sitting platform that has more than 1,000 verified pet caretakers in Singapore. In addition to pet sitting, they also offer pet transportation and grooming services.
(Again, a reminder to self-audit your selection prior to decision making!)

To book a service, you can either filter through all available pet sitters on their website or use their app to request for up to five quotations from pet sitters.

The PetBacker app facilitates booking and staying connected with sitters where owners are able to receive real-time reports and photos of your pet through this app.

Price: No membership fee; pay only for the sitter you choose

How to Choose a Pet Sitter in Singapore

While we hate to leave home without our furry companions, there are times when hiring a pet sitter is necessary. Therefore, understanding how to select and qualifying a suitable pet sitter helps to ensure your pet receives the best care while you’re away.

References

In addition to recommendations from friends, many online platforms allow you to check the reviews of each pet sitter. A high number of returning customers may be a good indicator of the quality of service provided by that sitter.

Rapport

When interviewing a potential pet sitter, it helps to have that talk in your own home to observe how well they interact with your pet.

Reliability

Apart from finding someone that won’t bail on you, it’s also important that you understand their cancellation policies, lead time and contingency plans. A responsible sitter will remain contactable and send you regular updates on your pet.

Hiring a Pet Sitter to Care For Your Pet

It’s important to do extensive research in order to find a suitable pet sitter for your fur kid. You’ll have a better peace of mind knowing that your pet is safe and well taken care of with daily updates and photos.

Pet Lovers Centre does not endorse any of the organisations mentioned, nor do we endorse their views and services. This article is meant for education purposes only. Kindly do your own research before engaging any service.

2 Comments

  • Ana says:

    Dear Blogger, without calling names here, I will still point that “trusted” and “popular” are different things. One of the services you highly reccommend here hires unqualified dog-sitters and even had a tragic event of the dog drawn on Sentosa while under their care.
    Please, keep in mind, that the dogs are alive creatures with intelligence and emotions and for their human life-partners they are family members.
    We had this sad story in Singapore with Platinum Dog Club, where a number of animals were mistreated and one even died and secretly cremated by them, while the owner was misinformed that her loved pup run away and she was looking for it.
    To avoid the replicates, please look carefully at whom you call “The most trusted” and we would better cooperate with SPCA and other animal-care associations in Singapore to organize the high-quality animal care and transparent platform for the dog-owners and caregivers.

  • Ilonka Guenther says:

    Thanks for the blog about pet sitting services and websites. Unfortunately this kind of business is very much unregulated in Singapore. Everyone no matter if qualified or not can offer pet sitting services. There are no controls in place.
    So how do you define “trusted” and how come that Pet Backer made it onto this list? I think it was last year when they lost a dog due to negligence and when the authorities investigated then it turned out the “pet sitter” were in fact cheap labor e.g back packers who helped out bringing the dogs to Sentosa beach. These kind of operations cannot be called trusted.
    And regarding the 2 websites one has to be very careful if the pet sitter are actually qualified and responsible person. I understand there is a very high demand for this kind of services and as always there will be a multitude of people trying to cash in on it making a quick buck. Remembering the platinum case as well although that was a boarding service.
    I would wish PLC would focus on recommending licensed and registered businesses in this field of industry like pet sitting, boarding, grooming, transport etc.

    Many thanks.

    Ilonka

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