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AZ Pawsitively Pets - Pet Sitting
AZ Pawsitively Pets - Pet Sitting

AZ Pawsitively Pets - Pet Sitting

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Introduction: I have full bonding/insurance and I also offer cat massage--not just petting, and the dogs in my charge seem to like the attention and strokes as well. Cat behavior modification is an interest of mine also. With two Veterinary Assistant certificates, I am also able to give medication, if necessary. Also I think enough of my profession and my charges to have passed a 387-question exam from PSI as a Certified Professional Pet Sitter. This credential allows me to competently pet sit any companion animal with fins, fur, feathers, or scales. Besies the garden-variety cats and dogs, I have done chickens, a chinchilla, a cockatiel, a conure, two Bearded Dragons, a Leopard Gecko, a turtle, a Dwarf Hamster, three Guinea Pigs, a rabbit, fish, and a tarantula. Recertification for three-year blocks completed: September 2014 and April 2018. Am currently taking online courses for the coming April 2021 renewal. I include vacation services, such as light/curtain rotation, plant watering, and mail pickup to give the clients' homes that "lived-in look." And most other pet care services will not provide a card from PSI good for any animal/human medication the client can pick up at a pharmacy. The discount is up to 75%. off. This includes insulin. All the clients are different, as well as the pet personalities, and each job has a different routine. I've also greatly expanded my driving internal "maps" of the areas I service, and enjoy visiting new neighborhoods with out-of-the way scenic views. The homes I've visited range from three-floor mansions, to apartments so tiny there was barely room to swing a cat.

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Nicholas C.

Pet Sitting

Helene is a top notch caregiver for pets and has a lot of experience with all types of pets. She took care of our two cats and they were in good hands!
Apr 2, 2021
Stacy H.

Pet Sitting

First time using a pet sitter for my three cats. Was more than pleased with Helene. She texted me with details of her visits and pictures of my cats. Will definitely hire her again!
Feb 27, 2021
John D.

Pet Sitting

Helene did a fantastic job caring for my cat during my 10+ day absence. She made a point everyday to present at the same time to check on her and maintain a routine that helped curve her anxiety. Helene produced copious notes for her daily visits, sent pictures, and always kept me informed of her well being. Helene made a point to keep visits through inclement weather (1.5 feet snow in one day), park, and wade through piles in the yard and up the steps. Helene is a trustworthy and diligent caregiver that I would recommend to any pet lover while you are away!
Feb 26, 2021
Neeraja K.

Pet Sitting

Thanks to Helene, we were able to enjoy our vacation in peace. I especially felt good about the kitty picture updates she provided during her visits. And she is a thorough professional; making sure that all our requirements were met in a timely manner.. We are surely coming back to you the next time we have holiday plans, Helene!
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Raj and Neeraja are lovely folks, and gave me every care detail I needed for a successful cat sit with their two charmers. The female was a bit standoffish throughout my visit set, but I was able to introduce the male to cat massage.
Jun 15, 2021
Jan C.

Pet Sitting

Helene was awesome. I have a four year old cat who has left his friendly, loving personality with strangers, behind. (It might be pandemic related as he has had me home a lot in the last year.) He has become hyper-alert, scared and hisses at strangers or strange noises. This is the first time I've left him since he has become so fearful and aggressive. Helene was honest in the behavior he was showing her. She asked for tips and it felt like we were working as a time for the good of my terrified cat. She always had suggestions, and reached out to her FB community for more tips. She left detailed notes and a card asking me to let her know that I had arrived home safely so she knew my cat was not left alone because of any problems in my travel arrangements. I felt very safe with her. While I feel bad for my cat she did everything she could with his idiosyncrasies. Highly recommend Helene!
Mar 30, 2021
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Helene O'neill


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

    First and foremost, my territory is several of the NW CHICAGO, IL, SUBURBS, specifically Arlington Heights 60004, Des Plaines 60016, Mt. Prospect north of Central, Prospect Heights, and Wheeling. My current rates are for a half-hour pet care visit. Medication is $1/dose in addition. The charge may very according to the work involved and/or number of pets to be cared for. I cannot be held responsible if a medicated pet is uncooperative or cannot be found. Diabetic animals must be in a feeding-controlled area so I know they have eaten before insulin injections. Overnights are by the job, with the final visit charged half the daily rate, no matter how long I stay. I have done overnights for up to six pets at a time. Client supplies needed during a stay will be bought and reimbursed by the client with my time to obtain them factored in. I will remain on the job caring for the pet(s) till notification of the client's return home intention. Additional charges will ensue if there are travel delays in return. Major holidays have a one-time $10 charge. I do have two discounts for repeat clients: length-of-stay and senior (62 ) . And my initial meet-and-greet is free with the caveat that I am hired. However, the client agrees that I will be reimbursed the price of one pet sit or $20 (whichever is greater) for my time and travel, if the contract after signing is canceled. Please do not ask for pet sitting services or answer with a thank-you if you ask a question or do not match my travel preferences. I DO NOT PROVIDE SERVICES TO AREAS OUT-OF-STATE OR TAKE LONGER TO TRAVEL TO THAN THE PET SIT ITSELF--A HALF-HOUR RADIUS AROUND PROSPECT HEIGHTS, IL.

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

    Besides the helpful articles in the monthly "Pet Sitters World" from PSI, I complete ongoing PSI educational seminars to improve my skills as a pet sitter. This includes videos on cockatiel care, dog correction, webinars, and attendance in 2014 at the yearly PSI International Pet Sitters Conference. I also visit Member Chat from PSI where I can glean the advice offered by more experience sitters and ask about problems on the job. The chat room was discontinued in 2015 , and was supplanted by a closed Facebook group where input is available from more PSI members, and support given, if needed. With the pandemic in 2020, I'm taking online courses for certification through PSI. I finished one as a Cat Care Specialist, one for Disaster Planning, one for Business practices. and the latest one was for COVID-19 protocols. Two more are planned for next month.

  • How did you get started doing this type of work?

    I retired from the postal Service in 2009, in the economy we are just overcoming now. The PO didn't train me for anything, and I accomplished a four-year degree in Communications on my own. Proofreading and copyediting applications never panned out professionally. I took two veterinary assistant courses, online and classroom concurrently, but couldn't get hired that way either. Finally I said to myself that I loved animals (have had cats for 25 years), and I wanted to get hired on my own terms. I found two web sites offering pet sitter/client matchups, found a client willing to give me a chance, discovered I liked the work and was good at it, and three months later I had my own company. It's a great retirement job!

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