How To Find An Exotic Pet Sitter

Dated: January 12 2019

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Where do you find someone who’s willing to keep these creatures fed and happy while you’re away? Anyone? Anyone?

Never fear, the small but growing niche of exotic-pet sitters are all too happy to tackle the challenge.

A whole new breed of pet sitter
Melissa Meyer, a professional pet sitter in Buffalo, NY, has cared for her share of dogs and cats, but has lately found herself caring for horses, chickens, iguanas, and even 4-inch-long African cockroaches.

“They were terrifying to handle,” admits Meyer.

This is hardly the rare request you’d think it is these days. In its 2018 State of the Industry Survey, Pet Sitters International (the world’s largest educational association for professional pet sitters) found a significant uptick in sitters offering their services for more nontraditional pets.

For instance, in the past two years, pet-sitting services for guinea pigs, hamsters, reptiles, and amphibians all increased more than 20%. Meanwhile pet-sitting services for even more “exotic” animals—whatever lies outside the above descriptions (we’d wager roaches fit in this category)—crept up 5%.

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