Critter Sitters of Lexington, Inc.

Locally Owned & Operated Since 1984

Frequently Asked Questions: 

Do I need formal training? 

Previous pet sitting experience is preferred, but no formal training is required to join our team.  Critter Sitters provides 2 weeks of hands on training and Pet CPR and First Aid certification.  Speaking the pet language and having a natural connection and bond with animals is a must!

What does the hiring process entail?

All Sitters will fill out an application, attend an interview, and complete a 1 day "ride along."   If hired, the Sitter will submit to a background check, drug screening, reference check from previous employer(s), and complete a pet handling course.

What does CS provide, and what am I required to provide?

All Sitters must have a current Drivers License, a reliable car, clean driving history and up-to-date car insurance.  All Sitters are required to own their own personal gear (clothing, shoes, coats, socks, scarves, raincoats, etc). Critter Sitters does provide a cell phone, shirts and sweatshirts, and any tool required to perform on the job pet duties (poo bags, treats, leashes, safety tools, fanny packs, walking apparatus, etc).

What types of services would I perform?

Services we provide are 30-minute visits, 45-minute visits, Pet Taxi service and overnight visits.  We administer medication, walk a lot of mileage, clean up after messes, feed, water, play, and make every pet feel safe and secure while their humans are away with ample attention and love.  No one day is the same - the duties vary based on each Clients needs and who is using our service during the time you are working.  All of our Clients customize their routines, so our team has to be flexible, strong communicators, self motivated and have a very strong pet instinct. 

In addition to taking care of our pets, we also take care of our Clients homes, which is a huge responsibility within itself!  Duties include securing the home, watering plants, alternating lights, retrieving mail, packages and newspapers, keeping the house tidy and taking out the trash.

What can I expect to earn? 

Sitters start at $11.00/hour and are eligible for a raise after 90 days of work based on performance. 

Do you care for aggressive pets? 

All new clients go through pre-consultation. During this consultation, the personality and temperament of every pet is evaluated.  Critter Sitters values both the safety of our sitters and the pets we care for and will not service a client if the pet is deemed unsafe for us to perform our duties. However, pets are unpredictable and react to people differently.  Because of this unpredictability there are times when a pet may act aggressively towards you and Critter Sitters has a system in place to handle such situations. 

What types of pets would I care for? 

Critter Sitters cares for all animals great and small.  This includes a variety of farm animals, reptiles, amphibians, birds, small rodents, fish, cats and dogs.   

When am I expected to work? 

Sitter hours vary based on reservations, client needs, and the time of year.  We have Daily Dog Walkers and Night/Weekend Sitters.  Hours will vary based on this employee classification. 

Daily Dog Walkers

Work from 8am - 4pm Monday - Friday and major holidays including Thanksgiving and Christmas.

(Please note you must be available during the above time frames, but your actual work schedule will vary from day to day based on scheduling needs). 

Night/Weekend Sitters

Work 2 days a week from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm, 2 weekends a month (Friday (6-9p), Saturday (shifts of 7-9a, 12-3p and 6-9p) and Sunday (shifts of 7-9a, 12-3p and 6-9p) and major holidays including Thanksgiving and Christmas.  

(Please note you must be available during the above time frames, but your actual work schedule will vary from day to day based on scheduling needs).

Critter Sitters provides the option for overnight visits and these visits are offered to all sitters on a first come first serve basis.  Overnight visits start at 10:00 pm and end at 7:00 am the following morning.  

Also, please know that Critter Sitters is more reliable than the postal service.  We walk dogs and take care of critters in all weather!  We are open 365 days of the year regardless of what mother nature has decided for the day!

How many hours should I expect to work a week?

Daily Walkers average 30-35 hours a week, and Night/Weekend Sitters average 20 hours per weekend, and 3 hours per night.