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Mari

Your friendly neighborhood pet-loving nerd and goblin :)

Vancouver
3 times favorited
1 recurring guest
Last booked 10 days ago
Last contacted 10 days ago
Lives with 1 cat and 1 pet
Usually responds within one hour
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Last activity
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One home visit a day
Min. 30-minute visits in your home
20 CAD
/day
All services and rates

About Mari

I'm your friendly neighborhood nerd/goblin. You might often see me at a local park or coffee shop with a book in hand. I am a freelance artist and illustrator, and also take occasional babysitting shifts (usually working with toddlers up to roughly 8-10 year olds) since I left my job at the daycare.

I also have roughly 5-7 years as an experienced cat foster through VOKRA. I've had a lot of experience with young, senior (who needed special diet and medication) and feral/skittish cats. Cats are my absolute favourite animal (quickly followed by owls and dinosaurs- we can still count dinos around here, right?). I haven't fostered with VOKRA since we adopted Benny due to pet limitations in our apartment, and because Benny is an anxious kitty so I would need a separate room to slowly introduce any new cats to the house. 

I unfortunately cannot take any pets into my home for this same reason, but I am happy to offer overnight and full-time care for any pets that need it. I have found pets often just enjoy the presence of someone with them. I used to sit in the same room as my shy fosters and read books aloud to them or play music. I also enjoy working with very casual training for both cats and dogs (I had German Shepherds and Golden retrievers growing up so I have plenty of experience with dogs as well, it's just been a while).

My main motivation to be a pet sitter is to help ensure that anyone who needs care for their pets can find someone who really will care for their pet's needs. I love spending time with all kinds of animals, and will happily keep you updated with pictures while you are away (I know I always appreciate that when I am not around my Benny and Chai).

I have hEDS and occasionally my joint pain does not permit me to do a whole lot. For this reason, my focus in pet care is limited to small animals, small dogs, and cats, as I cannot lift heavy weights. I can definitely do short 30 minutes walks for any pet that needs them, but longer walks would depend on the day. This is also the reason why I am looking to supplement my income with pet-sitting, as most retail jobs would be too physically demanding for me.

I am fully COVID-vaccinated, as is my partner, and I will happily abide by any house-rules you might have in regards to the care of your pets, plants, and home.

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SERVICES OVERVIEW:

* Home visits (1 or 2 x day): Each visit will be between 30-90 minutes, when possible I will aim for an hour average. It will include feeding, fresh water and litterbox clean. Depending on the comfort level of your pet, I will also gladly shower them with pets and play time, or simply keep them company and chat to/with them :) 

If you need plants watered or mail brought in, please let me know.


*Dog walks: Small dogs only. Walks will be around 30 minutes near your home. No offleash areas. Please let me know of your doggos comfort and training levels in advance (ie. Are they reactive? What key words are they responsive to? What is their recall response?). For walks longer than 30 minutes please book 2, I will walk your pet for 30, take a short break for my joints at a coffee shop, then walk them for another 30.


*House sitting: please let me know of your pet's full routine and needs, as well as any other care your home might require, like watering plants, bringing in mail, trash/recycling taken out, and how long your pets are comfortable on their own in case i need to step out for 2-3 hours and can't bring them with me (do they have separation anxiety?)


Mari's services

At your home

One home visit a day
Book a pet sitter to stop by your home to feed and play with your pet
20 CAD
/day
Two home visits a day
Two drop-in visits for your pet
40 CAD
/day
House Sitting
A sitter stays overnight in your home and cares for your pet
70 CAD
/night

Cancellation policy: Flexible

Full refund if canceled before noon one day before the booking, 50% refund afterward. No refund is payable if the booking is canceled on or after the start date.

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House Sitting
Matt, 2022-09-28

Mari is phenomenal. She went above and beyond everyday with our little Itchy and Scratchy while we were away.

She diligently took it upon herself to send us pictures several times a day which really eased our minds. She cared for our doggies like they were her own and even practiced their training with them.

We highly and enthusiastically recommend Mari to all those seeking someone responsible and conscientious to care for their animals.

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Home Visits
Anouk, 2022-09-20

Mari was great! My cat loved her and I did too. Excellent communication overall and you can tell that she knows how to handle animals that can be timid. Highly recommend! Thanks again

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Availability

Mari's Pets

Chai
Guinea pig
Benny
Cat

Skills

Specific Skills

I speak English & Spanish & Portuguese
+5 years of experience

Can Administer

Oral medications

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Mari

Mari

Your friendly neighborhood pet-loving nerd and goblin :)

Vancouver
One home visit a day
Min. 30-minute visits in your home
20 CAD
/day
All services and rates
Contact Mari

Cancellation policy: Flexible

Full refund if canceled before noon one day before the booking, 50% refund afterward. No refund is payable if the booking is canceled on or after the start date.

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