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“Professional pet service for all critters great and small”

About Your Critter Companions

hired 15 times on Thumbtack

Are you going out of town? Stuck late at the office? Do you have a last-minute emergency?

We are a small family of professional sitters who are situated in your local neighborhood. For all of our in-home services, we come to your pet, which saves you time and gas money! Most of us are female, since we've found that many pets seem to prefer this (yes, we also have male staff, for working with larger pets and non-pet activities).

Whether you are going on a vacation, business trip, have a full-energy pup in need of a dog walk, or just spending long hours at the office, our pet care service is for you.

We offer a free initial in-home consultation to meet each other and assess your needs. We guarantee your complete satisfaction.

Each service we offer ensures that your pets have the complete attention and one-on-one supervision from the sitter at all times. Unlike traditional kennels, common area, multifamily boarding, and day care facilities, all of which have high pet-to-staff ratios: often 1 staff member for every 20, 30 or more pets.

All our services are customized for each family and pet, ensuring that your pets are not exposed to the unpredictable behaviors and illnesses of other pets.

Our services include:

* Private dog walks with an assigned dog walker
* Daily visits from a trained pet sitter
* Overnight pet sitting
* Dog park adventures
* Poop scoop and litter box services
* Private boarding
* Pet taxi
* Doggie daycare
* Special-needs services including fluids, injections, and medications

We are:

* Insured, licensed and bonded
* Available 365 days a year, and 24 hours a day
* Proud members of Pet Sitters International
* Locally owned and operated

References are available.

VISA and MasterCard are accepted!

We offer unbeatable rates for multiple pets, and be sure to ask us about weekly and monthly discounts.

We service many cities like Campbell, Cupertino, Santa Clara, Sunnyvale, Saratoga, San Jose (north and central), Milpitas, Mountain View, Fremont, Newark, Union City, Hayward, San Lorenzo, and San Leandro. If you don't see your city listed, give us a call and we'll try to assist!

Give us a call today for more information.

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Milpitas, CA 95036

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  • 5/5 stars Pet Sitting Verified Review

    Our sitter took to our needs as we imagined. She made a daily report and sent us emails while we were gone which gave us reassurance that all was well

  • 5/5 stars Pet Sitting Verified Review

    Our pet sitter, Michael, was so great! He texted me pictures of my kitty and details of his visits with her. I'm extremely pleased with this service and will use them again next time we go out-of-town. I highly recommend Yourcritter Companions!

  • 5/5 stars Pet Sitting Verified Review

  • 4/5 stars Dog Walking Verified Review

    Yourcritter C. from Your Critter Companions replied to this review on February 25, 2015:

    Hi Kellie! Thank you so much for taking the time to provide a review for us on Thumbtack! If we can do anything to improve your pet service experience, just let us know!

  • 5/5 stars Dog Walking Verified Review

    They walk my Maddy on Thursday because I get home home. They have been amazing. They always check to sure Maddy has enough water and if her pee pads needs to replaced. It is really nice that they send me an email after each walk to let me know how things went

  • 5/5 stars

    I initially used this company for a last-minute service over Thanksgiving (the other sitter I had lined up canceled last-minute). I was totally thrilled with the quick response as well as the quality of service Kelly provided. So happy that I used them again for Xmas! I would recommend these sitters any day -- they deliver above and beyond expectations!

  • 5/5 stars Dog Walking Verified Review

    I am very pleased with my experience with Your Critter Companions. My dog, Charlie, has really taken to Michael and Shana, who walk him. I highly recommend Your Critter Companions!

  • 5/5 stars

    I have tried other pet service companies in the past, & never had good experiences. A coworker suggested Fetch to me since they had used them and were always happy with the care provide. I was able to schedule a free meeting with the pet sitter, who was professional but also very caring, it was clear she loved taking. of pets and enjoyed working with the owners more as family than just a client. She did an excellent job of providing updates while we were gone, & went beyond our expectations in performing her tasks. She even sent us a couple of photos of our pets doing silly things! We are happy that we tried Fetch, & have used them several times now all with the same outstanding result!

  • 5/5 stars

    We've been using Fetch! of South Bay for a number of years now, after being referred to them by our vet. We have absolutely been thrilled with the love and care the staff provide to our pets -- and even though we have moved, the quality of care and particularly the attention to detail is really wonderful! They have even been excellent at several last-minute trips we've had to take. And now that one of our kitties needs insulin injections, its so great to have someone we trust who can come to our home and administer this so that "Molly" doesn't have to get stressed out by a trip to the vet! We highly recommend Fetch! Pet Care to anyone with pets!

  • 5/5 stars

    We have been so happy with the sitters at Fetch, ever since we called at the last minute (a friend backed out) for overnight sitting on a lengthy vacation. Each time we use Fetch we know our pets will be lovingly cared for -- the sitters email updates and the occasional funny photo, so we know how things are going. We have been so happy that we have told our family and friends about Fetch -- and everyone we`ve told that has used Fetch has the same wonderful experience! We can`t say enough positive things, so do your pets a favor and call Fetch next time they need pet care services!

Question and answer

Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.

A. Dog walking and daily pet visits are our most common services. Coming in second are overnight sitting, followed by medication assistance.

Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

A. Be sure you meet the person who will be performing the services before the service is scheduled. With our group, this is a must since it ensures a good fit for both the family, pet and sitter. We use the meeting to discuss specifics of the routine and care needed, as well as allowing your pets and our sitter to meet each other.

Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?

A. It's important to ensure your pet sitter is licensed, insured, bonded and belongs to at least one of the major U.S. professional pet sitter societies! This means the sitter has a well-thought-out approach to caring for your pets, and, much like a human caregiver ensures we are constantly updating our skills and knowledge.

Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?

A. Questions any pet owner should ask include, "is the service provider": licensed, insured, bonded, available 365 days a year, available 24 hours a day, able to provide extras at no cost (such as water plants, alternating lights), able to provide regular service updates via text or email and ongoing communication, able to provide specific references, actually the person who will perform all the services (some services just rotate staff), a good fit for the pet(s) and the family? This is just the short list, but one we find is very important.

Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?

A. Ask your veterinarian or groomer (or a family friend / member who owns pets) for a recommendation. Most of our new clients come to us this way, so we don't really advertise much.....

Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?

A. We are a small family of professional pet sitters, who are also pet owners so we understand the mindset of a pet owner completed! We work closely with each owner to ensure the routine we follow is what the pet is already used to, so pets view us as an extension of their family!

Q. What do you like most about your job?

A. We love the interaction with owners and pets! Our greatest joy is experiencing the joy from the pets we care for, and seeing the look of happiness on the owner faces when they realize how happy their pets are!

Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

A. Why choose a professional pet sitter over a neighbor or family friend? Simple -- this is our career, so we are available 365 days a year. We'll never cancel at the last minute because our priority is caring for your pets!

Q. Do you have a favorite story from your work?

A. We soliocit feedback from all our owners since we believe it allows us to ensure their happiness as well as that of their pets. The most consistent feedback we receive is similar to that from an owner who, on returning from a vacation, remarked, "My pets had a better time that we did!"

Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?

A. A professional pet sitter makes it look "easy" to care for someone else's pets, but underneath that perception is an extensive background of training, education and community service. We have found that while anyone can be a pet owner, it takes a special type of person to care for pets -- similar to human care, professional pet sitters need to be diligent, observant, caring, honest and reliable.

Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?

A. We have over 40 years of combined service in the pet care industry. Some of us have worked as vet techs and pet sitters for other companies, until we decided to create our own company.

Q. Tell us about a recent job you did that you are particularly proud of.

A. We are proud of all the work we do -- we view this as a way to give back to the community at large, so that pet owners have a trusted source for pet care.

Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?

A. We belong to a number of professional societies and groups that focus on continuing education and training.

Q. What are the latest developments in your field? Are there any exciting things coming in the next few years or decade that will change your line of business?

A. Most developments involve pet-friendly training techniques as well as tools use in potty training. We partner with a small group of professional trainers to work as a team in assisting the owner with any pet training needs.

Q. Describe your most recent project, what it involved, how much it cost, and how long it took.

A. A typical service is twice-daily visits for a dog. The standard visit is 30 minutes in length, and includes providing fresh food and water as well as exercise and all the TLC the pet desires. We also include bringing in mail and newspapers, alternating lights for security purposes, and taking trash bins out to the street -- all included with our in-home services.

Q. If you have a complicated pricing system for your service, please give all the details here.

A. All our pricing is customized to the individual needs of the owner and pet. We do offer discounts for recurring types of services as well as for long-term service needs.

Q. If you were advising someone who wanted to get into your profession, what would you suggest?

A. Someone who is interested in becoming a professional pet sitter should volunteer at their local shelter or humane society. Start at the bottom, spend a couple of months scooping poop and cleaning litter boxes and work your way up to caring for pets with behavior challenges.

Q. What is your greatest strength?

A. We are extremely flexible in the type of service we can provide, and the hours we are available. We are also extremely observant, and in the past have been able to alert pet owners of possible health issues that we noticed so they could take appropriate action. In one specific case, our quick action allowed the pet owner to consult with a vet and save the pet's life (which was being impacted by an undiagnosed tumor that we saw evidence of).

Q. Write your own question and answer it.

A. Why should someone choose our company over another? We get consistently high reviews from our owners, and our high rate of referrals signal that we are doing the quality of work that owners expect.

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