Animal House Pet Sitting

Birmingham, AL

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About this pro

How does your business stand out?

I can't speak for others and won't say I am better than they are. I can only say I am very dependable about doing what I am supposed to, I really care for animals and understand them (and don't expect them to be more than they are), and I have always been very honest and ethical in my dealing with people. Owners would not have to worry about whether I did what I said I would do (I would) or if I am stealing from them (I'm not!). I also do go through certain security precautions - I keep keys in a locked key cabinet, but don't keep client personal information out where someone could get to it.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I have always been an animal lover. Pet sitting allows me to interact with a lot of different animals. I just really enjoy siting down with and playing with them or just watching them go about their usual antics.
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Birmingham, AL 35243

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18 Reviews
  • Melissa M. Jul 25, 2017
    Cat Sitting
    Verified Review
    It has been a wonderful experience working with Animal House Pet Sitting. John is reliable, available, and does an excellent job with our cats. We love getting text updates with photos on how our cats are doing. We have recommended Animal House Pet Sitting to our friends, and they have had great experiences as well.
  • Janet L. Jul 8, 2017
    Pet Sitting
    Verified Review
    John will be taking care of my 3 cats in August. He answered all of my questions and was very thorough in learning my cats needs and habits, and I know he will do an excellent job.
  • Laura E. May 30, 2017
    Pet Sitting
    Verified Review
    Excellent service!
  • JEan J. Jan 13, 2017
    Cat Sitting
    Verified Review
    Above Average Pet Care
    John came out to my home to meet the cats. He let me know what to expect and sent me texts daily with pictures letting me know how things were going. His attention to detail and the manner in which he performed the care of my pets was nothing less then Excellent. I would definitely recommend John Duke to anyone needing pet care services.
  • Said A. Aug 28, 2016
    Dog Sitting
    Verified Review
  • Donna D. Jul 21, 2016
    Cat Sitting
    Verified Review
    John helped us on short notice and did as he promised. We are grateful.
  • Shana C. Feb 25, 2016
    Dog Walking
    Verified Review
  • Vicki P. Dec 18, 2015
    Cat Sitting
    Verified Review
    John was great with our older cat Louie. He sent text updates and let us know the times he would be stopping by. We will definitely use him again!
  • Jim J. Dec 8, 2015
    Dog Sitting
    Verified Review
    John was great! Our dogs are Weims and can be anxious. John took the time to get to know them before we left. He kept us updated via text and pictures. Will definitely use him again!
  • Jacquelyn D. Apr 29, 2015
    Pet Sitting
    Verified Review
    John is great with Dogs! One of my dogs is a bit aggressive and John took the time and had the patience for her to warm up to him. John also emailed and texted me updates daily.
  • April M. Mar 24, 2015
    John has been a fantastic and considerate caretaker for our kitty. His flexibility and kindness are wonderful, and he's great with our often testy cat! He's been a lifesaver and we are so glad to know him. He's professional, efficient, and very kind. I highly recommend him!
  • Peggy C. Mar 10, 2015
    John is the BEST!! I am probably the hardest customer he has ever had with the pickiest critters and I have no reservations about recommending him to anyone. If he says he will do it - it is done and done right!! So very glad that God beought him into my life. Otherwise I would miss many things that I really enjoy - John has made traveling away from the pets very easy and we appreciate him very much!!!
  • Eddi R. Mar 10, 2015
    John Duke has been great with our dog and two cats. He takes time with them and leaves us a note regarding his time taking care of them. He is very dependable and easy to work with. He gets top rating from us. - the Rileys.
  • Kristen C. Mar 7, 2015
    John is extremely competent and reliable, and I never worry about my dogs when they are under his care.
  • Mengxi J. Mar 5, 2015
    John helps me take care of my cats whenever I am out of town. John's service is excellent and extremely reliable, I highly recommend him!
  • Ed S. Mar 4, 2015
    We had two Parrots that John watched over while we were out of town. We were very pleased that for the 5 days we were gone because he made sure that they had some periodic company, took them out of their cages (they are very friendly), made sure they had water and food. Great job, we would have John help us in this way again.
  • Sean F. Mar 4, 2015
    John Duke of Animal House came through for us in a big way, providing full pet service in a big house full of complicated cats for over a week. It was great to be able to check in regularly from overseas and get detailed updates. We will call on Animal House again!
  • Nicole M. Mar 4, 2015
    John is very flexible with our schedule and has even been available last minute, which lets face it, life happens. We know our pup (more like a retiree at 11 years of age, but a pup at heart) is always in good hands and that is worth every penny!! :-)


What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
The pricing isn't complicated. It is mostly based on the time needed for a particular visit. I start with a base fee of $15 for a 30 minute visit, but with the travel time to and from the owners' house, that really means $15 for 50-60 minutes of time. Shorter visits are less, longer visits are more, depending on what the owners want. There are some extra small fees for giving meds, or for caring for several pets, but those are gone through with the owners before assignments are finalized.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I have taken one online course on pet sitting, I have read three books on it, and I am currently going through a manual for pet sitting certification through Pet Sitters International.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
On the one hand, I had been dissatisfied with the work I had been doing. I also found myself in need of more income. Some people who knew of my love of animals and who had used pet sitters before said they thought that kind of work would be a perfect match for me.