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Pet Sitter
updated: Mar 15, 2014, 2:25 PM

I am looking for referrals for pet-sitters. Specifically, I have a young 6 month old cat and would like to find someone to feed him and play with him one weekend per month while I go out of town. I live in Goleta (Ellwood area).

I did a search on edhat and saw an outdated post on the same subject from 2011. Pet Sitters of Santa Barbara was recommended but they aren't around anymore. I'm open to either an individual who people have had great experiences with, or a company.

 CATMOM agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-15 03:35 PM

Cat Sitting of Santa Barbara, 682-8822. She's a former shelter volunteer with tons of experience. Also has a Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/CatSittingSantaBarbara/info

She took care of my high needs cats for more than a week and did a great job.


 COMMENT 503032P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-15 04:09 PM

I was going to suggest contacting the County Shelter at 681-5285; sometimes the workers have time to pet sit. The above recommendation looks great! Or call ASAP 683-3368.
I had an ex-shelter employee named Kathy pet sit for me, years ago.
Check with La Cumbre Feed also; they know almost everyone and their bulletin board is overflowing. 687-1880


 COMMENT 503033P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-15 04:10 PM

Oh, and check with your vet & staff.


 COMMENT 503107 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-15 07:14 PM

Call Angel Vet Hospital, (805) 845-3131, ask for Celeste. She is an excellent sitter for all pets, and very reasonable. She is a vet tech, so she knows her stuff, and she loves animals. This is her work number.


 COMMENT 503116 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-15 07:39 PM

Do you have a contact address that you can give for those who do this kind work and want to get in touch with you?


 COMMENT 503136 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-15 08:31 PM

For at least three years now I have used Donna Higbee of Daona Pet Care. You can reach her at 964-3889.

She works only with indoor cats. I have used her as often as a single day and as long as ten days (twice each day). She is absolutely, wholly reliable and trustworthy, cares, is loving, and can work with any cat. Her motto is "I will care for your pet as if it were my own." I give her my highest recommendation. You simply won't find better anywhere, and her charge is very reasonable.


 COMMENT 503154P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-15 10:51 PM

Ellen Benner owns "A Dog's Life". She sits all animals, or even just house-sits while owners are away. Her fee varies by the amount of time she spends. She has a crew of animal lovers. She's the only one I trust. Before I book a vacation I call Ellen to see if she's available. (805) 252-7550. EBenner@Cox.Net


 COMMENT 503191 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-16 08:31 AM



 COMMENT 503213P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-16 09:10 AM

I live in Ellwood also and have 2 cats. I've been using Pet Pals for around 5 years. Colleen an Raoul are awesome. Give them a call , (805) 564-1813


 COMMENT 503245 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-16 10:17 AM

I am a petsitter and have many current clients and many, many references. My rates are very reasonable. Lived in SB for 46 years.
Would be happy to talk with you. Phone: 805-450-0241.


 COMMENT 503287 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-16 11:56 AM

I would like to know what "reasonable rates" are.


 COMMENT 503371 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-16 04:22 PM

Without question I recommend Jenny Millan. She has taken care of our ornery not the most likable feline with good humor and compassion. We always come home to happy, better behaved animals and a tidy house. She really gets animals (and gardens) and probably could stay at your house while you're gone if that would be better for your cat. 805-403-2266


 COMMENT 503469 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-17 07:24 AM

Reasonable rates for dogs are 25-50 per day. Cats are probably easier because they are more independent.


 COMMENT 503500 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-17 09:39 AM

OP here-- thanks for all of the ideas!!! Wow, there are a lot of options. Someone had asked for my contact info-- my email address is Amaffett AT gmail DOT com.


 COMMENT 503510P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-17 09:58 AM

I was asked to pet sit for a woman with 3 cats. We met to make arrangements prior to her vacation departure date. The house was filthy the cats nearing starvation and she was a basket case. Not all owners are good people. I turned her in to Animal Services.



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