When a Dog Sitting Request Form is submitted, the Dog Sitting Coordinator will search the Dog Sitter database to identify an appropriate Dog Sitter. You will need to submit a Dog Biography/Waiver for your dog(s). Potential Dog Sitters will then be contacted to determine their availability.
- Availability – In order to ensure the availability of a compatible Dog Sitter, we request that you submit your Dog Sitting Request a minimum of 14 days (or earlier if possible) before your needed sitting dates. Unfortunately, there will be cases when a compatible Dog Sitter is not available during the needed sitting dates. Therefore, the AGaG Dog Sitting Service is based upon the availability of a compatible Volunteer Dog Sitter.
- Proximity – As a Dog Owner, it will be your responsibility to drop off and pick up your dog(s) at the Dog Sitter’s house. You can note how far you are willing to travel on the Dog Sitting Request Form. In many cases, it may be worth it to drive an extra 15-30 minutes to ensure that their pets are staying in a personal, home environment with trusted caregivers. With volunteer Dog Sitters throughout the Chicagoland area, the Dog Sitting Coordinator will make every effort to identify a compatible Dog Sitter within the closest proximity to your home.
- Compatibility – Please keep in mind that one of the main objectives of the AGaG Dog Sitting Service is to ensure the compatibility of all of the dogs, pets and persons involved in the Dog Sitting interaction. If possible, we encourage the Dog Sitter and the Dog Owner arrange an initial meeting between the two parties and their pets to determine the compatibility of all persons and pets involved. Neither the Dog Sitter nor the Dog Owner will be expected to enter into a dog sitting arrangement wherein any party is uncomfortable.
When compatibility and availability have been confirmed, the Dog Sitting Coordinator will provide a cost estimate the Dog Owner.
The Dog Owner will be then responsible for dropping off their dog(s) at the home of the designated Dog Sitter at the prearranged day and time. The Dog Owner will also be responsible for leaving sufficient food, treats, medicines, crates, toys, beds, etc. with the Dog Sitter at this time. During the duration of care, the Dog Sitter will be responsible for feeding, walking/exercising and dispensing medicines, etc. for the dog(s) in their care. At the end of the dog sitting period, the Dog Owner will be responsible for picking up their dog(s) at the home of the Dog Sitter at the prearranged day and time. All fees are due from the Dog Owner to the Dog Sitter at the time of pick up and payment should be made payable to AGaG (not to the Dog Sitter personally). The Dog Sitting Coordinator will provide both the Dog Owner and the Dog Sitter with a copy of the bill prior to the start of Dog Sitting. All payments should be forwarded by the Dog Sitter to AGaG within 5 working days of receipt.