Pet sitters look after other people's pets while their owners are at work or otherwise away from home. They usually visit customers' homes once or twice a day to walk and feed their pet animals. Others provide a home boarding service, where pets are looked after in the pet sitter's own home. Some pet sitters also provide a house-sitting service, bringing in post, putting out bins or watering house plants while the owner is away from home.
Anyone intending to start up and run a pet boarding service from a residential property should inform their mortgage company or landlord and check that they are allowed to do this under the terms of their mortgage or tenancy agreement.
See also: Business start-up guide - Dog walker
Home boarding services for pets in England, Wales and Scotland must be licensed to trade by the environmental health department of the local authority in the area where they are located. In Northern Ireland, they are licensed by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs.
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