Why is There a Key Fee?
There is a Key Fee at the Meet n Greet because I never presume that a client will want me to keep a copy of their key. Every time that I either have to pick up or return a key to someone's home means that I must schedule it: when the owner is home, when I am free, when I am in their part of town.
Most "key trips" take a minimum of 30 minutes to an hour of travel time. So this fee covers my time & travel. You are welcome to keep a key box on your home and there is no fee.
If you'd like me to keep a copy of your key in my secure, lock boxes at home; there also is no fee.
I also do not leave your key "under the mat" as that is a common place for burglars to look to gain access to your home.
I do all that I can to protect your home and property, as well as your pets.
My liability insurance is through Pet Sitters Associates and protects your home, your belongings and your pets.
Why Can't I Request Every Other Day Visits?
"I only offer once every 24 hour visits (at minimum) for most pets. The reason for this is due to the "nature of pets". (specifically cats)
Accidents can happen when pets are left alone for too long. Cats can end up in closets, or locked in drawers (I've heard it from other sitters), they can spill their water (and then be without any additional for 25-48 hours) or eat all of their food the first hour and not have access to more. Some cats may "go" other places if their litterbox isn't cleaned daily!
Accidents can also happen to your HOME too; power outages, water leaks, trees falling, break-ins, fires.....the list of potential threats outweighs the cost of providing an additional visit to ensure that both your pet(s) and home are safe. I am not willing to risk the safety and welfare of either.
**Only caged rodents or fish/reptiles can have EOD visits*
Why Is There a MnG Deposit?
As of 8-8-17:
I have had a number of pet owners inquire about date availability, set up a Meet n Greet, had multiple email discussions, contract information sent, staffing coordinated, and then have had them cancel at the last minute (sometimes the same day as the MnG!); I have had to now institute a $35 deposit to book visits and schedule your Meet n Greet. Fee is a deposit towards visits booked within 30 days. ("A few bad apples....")