I am a high school English teacher and passionate animal-loving Vegan. I have loved animals my whole life, and started petsitting because I was renting an apartment in a pet-free building and I needed my furry cuddle fix. Now, I continue to petsit because I love hanging out with all my furry pals in my neighbourhood.
I do not have a car and must plan my visits around my full time teaching schedule, so please understand if I need to decline a booking due to distance. You can help me answer you quickly by sharing your cross streets or postal code with me in your enquiry message.
Please note that, going forward, keys will need to be dropped off and picked up from my home if there is not a safe drop location for them. I do all my visits on foot, so it is not sustainable for me to add a pickup and drop off on either end of your booking; I am only able to visit your home for an initial meet and greet and the days on which I am doing booked paid visits.
I grew up with pets from a very young age, and not just cats and dogs! I have been a proud mom to hamsters, guinea pigs and rats, as well as an auntie to a few lizards. In my teens, I earned my horseback riding lessons by working as a stablehand, including grooming, training, and mucking our stalls; so you can rest assured that your pets’ bathroom messes won’t phase me. As a lifelong lover of all animals, I can promise you affectionate, doting care for your little family members while you are out of town. I would be especially excited to care for your hedgehogs, rabbits and pigs- all animals I adore but have never had as part of my family. I am also very comfortable with the idea of caring for less conventional animal friends, such as birds and reptiles. I don’t have as much personal experience with this, but I love all kinds of animals and I follow instructions well. However, please note that due to my vegan beliefs I am not comfortable feeding live animals to your exotic pets.
You can be confident in your pet’s care as I have been petsitting with Pawshake for over 3 years with an excellent track record and many repeat bookings. I will come to your home and ensure your pets have everything they need to be safe and comfortable, plus ample play and cuddle time.
A typical visit is 30 minutes and includes feeding, litter cleaning, and play-unless I can tell your pet would prefer to be left alone.
Dog walks are roughly 30 minutes at a pace that is based on your dog's energy and fitness level.
You’ll receive updates from me about how your pet is doing so you’ll never have to worry about them while you’re away.
I’m very comfortable giving prescribed medications to pets - I have lots of experience with this with my own fur babies and Pawshake pets.
You can be certain that I will leave your home safe and tidy, and that I will respect your privacy. I’m happy to work with all kinds of families and individuals - I just want to love your pets!
Shannon visited my 6yr old cat every second day over the course of almost 4 weeks. When I met her for the first time a few weeks in advance she was so professional and courteous when coming into my home, and right away I could tell she was great with animals. My cat who doesn’t like anyone but me loved her!
While I was away Shannon was great at keeping me updated and sharing really cute pics of my little girl. When I got home my home was neat and tidy and the cats things were completely fresh.
10/10 recommend Shannon and will absolutely be asking her again next time I go away! Thank you Shannon! 😻
Shannon took great care of our cat while we were on vacation and always provided good updates with pictures/videos. Definitely had no concerns about our cat in her hands and would love to have her look after our cat again in the future!
I’m a high school teacher and with that comes an inherent clear criminal record check.
In my teens, I worked as a stable hand and have experience grooming and training horses and mucking out stalls. Nothing grosses me out any more!
I have also had lots of practice giving prescribed medications to hamsters, cats, and dogs.
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