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Sparky Steps - Chicago Dog Walking and Cat Sitting
Sparky Steps - Chicago Dog Walking and Cat Sitting

Sparky Steps - Chicago Dog Walking and Cat Sitting

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Introduction: COVID-19 UPDATE: All our Chicago Dog Walking and Cat Sitting Staff are FULLY VACCINATED! We follow strict safety guidelines for the safety of your family. Please stay safe and take care! PROMOTION: For New Ongoing-Clients you can receive your first 5 walks free! For New Weekly Ongoing-Clientele only. PROMOTION: For New Clients receive your first walk free, try us out today! Free Meet and Greet as well to make sure we are a good fit for each other! We are Chicago Dog Walkers and Cat Sitters who care about safety, love, professionalism and timeliness. Sparky Steps was founded in 2016 with a mission to spend our days taking care of your beloved pets. Our company is named after the founders dog Sparky to keep his legacy going. He sparked so much joy into our lives that we decided to dedicate our lives to animals. Now everyday we get to spend our days taking care of pets with the same love we gave to Sparky! We know what you are looking for in a pet sitter and our aim is to fulfill your needs to the max! We assign two pet care sitters to your pet(s) that you will meet in person before anyone has access to your keys. It’s all about your family’s comfort level with your pet sitters. We start each new relationship with a Free Meet and Greet so we may all meet each other to make sure we are the perfect fit. Try us out for one day, the first visit is free! Let’s set one up today and you can see yourself if we are the perfect fit for your pet sitting needs! WE CURRENTLY ONLY OFFER SERVICES IN THE FOLLOWING CHICAGO AREAS: Lakeview Area - Wicker Park - Humboldt Park - Buck Town
Overview

Hired 3 times

3 similar jobs done near you

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7 employees

5 years in business

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This pro indicated that they reviewed CDC safety guidelines for COVID-19 and pledged to do the following:

Maintain 6 feet of distance from customers

Wear masks during the job

Disinfect surfaces touched during the job

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Customers rated this pro highly for responsiveness, punctuality, and value.

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Korie Z.

Dog Walking

Sparky steps responded right away. And my dog really likes Michael, my dogs shy so it’s impressive if he reacts to someone right away. His website is clear and easy to navigate.
Sparky Steps - Chicago Dog Walking and Cat Sitting's reply
Thank you so much Korie!
Apr 10, 2019
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Thumbtack Customer

After going through several Rover walkers--not that we had any bad experiences, but rather the inability to have regularly scheduled walks with backups in place in case anything comes up was frustrating--, I reached out to a number of walking companies in the city. Surprisingly, my neighborhood wasn't part of the "service area" for almost everyone I contacted! I didn't think I lived that far beyond civilization... anyway, I found the card for Sparky Steps in my local coffee shop and connected with Michael and Laurie. They've now been walking my pupper almost daily for a few months now with no problems. Thanks for helping me feel less like a negligent dog mom!!
Sparky Steps - Chicago Dog Walking and Cat Sitting's reply
Thank you!
Jun 14, 2017
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Review from Facebook
Thumbtack Customer

I've been using Sparky Steps since June, and I can't say enough. They are reliable, safe, great with my dog and my bird, and most importantly, communicative. There are almost never issues, but the few times there are (a dead phone battery, or I forgot to adjust my hours for the holidays, and that's all I can think of) they communicate with me directly. That's my favorite part. The owner, Michael, is hands-on and passionate. My walker (a different Michael) is consistent and takes wonderful pictures of my dog and gives great write-ups every single day. I can count on them. As long as I'm in Chicago, I'll be using them.
Sparky Steps - Chicago Dog Walking and Cat Sitting's reply
Thank you Amanda! We love you guys and Bowser!
Jan 3, 2019
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Review from Google
Thumbtack Customer

I really love SparkySteps! Even after my Sora, my precious baby (dog) passed away, SparkySteps reached out to me to send their deepest condolences. They loved my Sora very much and my Bambi as well. They helped me through difficult times. If there is one thing I take from this experience is that Sparky Steps cares. They'll love your dogs like their own.
Sparky Steps - Chicago Dog Walking and Cat Sitting's reply
Thank you!
Jun 7, 2017
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Review from Facebook
Thumbtack Customer

My one dog has separation anxiety and it's hard to find someone you can trust. Thankfully Sparky Steps came highly recommended to me Now when I have to leave my boys, I know that they are in good hands!!! Thank you, Sparky Steps!!!
Sparky Steps - Chicago Dog Walking and Cat Sitting's reply
Thank you!
Jun 7, 2017
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Review from Facebook
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FAQs

  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    We are very excited to care for your beloved pets! Currently only offer services in Lakeview Area and Wicker Park - Humboldt Park - Buck Town Areas All visits include fresh water (and feedings if requested). We customize your pet’s walking or care needs. All prices listed below are based off our regular hours on Weekdays between 9AM – 5PM. Surcharges may apply. Please keep in mind that our visits start when we enter the home, and end when we leave the home, after the walk. 15 Minute Visit are $14 30 Minute Visit are $20 45 Minute Visit are $25 60 Minute Visit are $30 $2 Surcharge for each additional pet $5 Surcharge for an Additional 15 Minutes $5 Surcharge for off-hours Mon-Fri (before 9AM or after 5PM). $5 Surcharge for off-hours Sat-Sun (before 9AM or after 5PM). $5 Rush-Fee for Same-Day Reservations $5 Surcharge for Sat-Sun Weekend Visits X2 Surcharge for Holiday Visits We believe in setting up real connections with our community members by taking the steps to get it right the first time. One of our philosophies is to always put the animal’s needs first, and a Meet and Greet is the first step we take to ensure the best premium service. Let’s schedule one today! Meet and Greet is Free! First Visit is Free! Try us out before committing!

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    A complimentary appointment is required where we will meet with you and all of your pets. The appointment usually lasts about 15-30 minutes. Before the appointment, we will send you some documents to fill out and sign. This way the appointment goes smoothly and efficiently. The “Meet and Greet” allows you to meet your pet sitters, and to see if our services are right for you. We provide you with two walkers and a manager, total of three people that eventually you will know and trust! The Free “Meet and Greet” also provides time for the sitters to interact with your pet in your presence, which is important when deciding which service is right for you. An important note, there is no charge for the “Meet and Greet.” During the visit we will perform the following tasks: introductions to you and your pet, pick up the keys, confirm pertinent information about you and your pet (e.g. vet information, emergency contact, billing information, special requests, etc.), sign contracts, and answer any questions you may have. After the “Meet and Greet,” we will send you your login credentials to our online app. Please have two copies of your house key and a copy of your dog’s vaccination records for us. We also provide free lockboxes for on-going clients. Three copies so your two daily walkers can have a copy and a manager. Sparky Steps is set up so that you have 2 pet sitters. If any of the pet sitters must call off due to an emergency, you can count on us one of us to be there! This way you have a team of two pet sitters you know and trust through Sparky Steps that can come in and care for your beloved pet! This ensures quality service and comfortable headspace. Contact us for more information!

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    The Sparky Steps management team and all of our pet sitters have either had doggies and kitties in our lives that we loved with all our hearts. When you book a visit with Sparky Steps just know that we will put safety first with lots of love throughout the visit!

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