My name is Carmen and I would love the privilege of being able to pet-sit. In my everyday life I am a full-time social worker, but I love to care for animals in my spare time.
I have been a foster volunteer for both the Toronto Humane Society and the Toronto Cat Rescue for over 3 years now. I have had experience in caring for palliative-care cats, cats with special needs (neurological or mobility disorders) have learned to administer medication and have done a lot of work with under-socialized pets. I have been given training on how to care for cats and small mammals from the Toronto Humane Society. I am no stranger to caring for animals and genuinely love doing it.
I am happy to visit your pets in your home, I would be able to do so twice a day, and could spend a considerable amount of time with them (at least 45 minutes per visit). I am able to feed, groom and play/provide stimulating activities for pets, with ease. I am also living in a 1 bedroom apartment that overlooks the humber river and am happy to pet-sit your cats. I have my own sets of toys, grooming equipment, litter boxes and cat treats/catnip, meaning that you would not need to pack much to have them stay with me. The cats I have fostered love to spend their days looking out the window and running around the apartment chasing the animals that pass by. I have no pets of my own and therefore have no issue taking care of pets in my home, if you're looking for more consistent companionship and caretaking. I am also flexible and willing to stay with the pet in their own homes, to prevent the stress that may come from being alone for extended periods of time or being introduced into a new space.
I love animals and am very happy to care for them and provide the best support possible. I recognize that all animals have unique personalities, needs and boundaries and I'm happy to work with the pet-parents to make the absence a little easier for everyone. Pets are family and if their owners feel that they are cared for, it goes a long way to providing a happy home. I'm confident that I can provide excellent and professional care and support.
*although I am listed as available for Dog Boarding, I am actually unable to take care of dogs in my house as I'm not home for up to 8 hours a day on weekdays. I am however available for boarding other animals (cats, small mammals) sorry for the confusion. I emailed pawshake and unfortunately they said I can list boarding but they only have it listed as dog boarding until they can change it on their end.
We’ve now used Carmen as a cat sitter twice, once for a long weekend and once for an extended vacation over the holidays. She’s been awesome - visiting our two boys every evening to feed, etc., providing daily updates, going out of her way to make the key exchange as easy as possible and even offering to water our plants (aka other pets!). She’s friendly, reliable and we’ll definitely be requesting her help again the next time we need it! Thanks for everything Carmen!
Carmen did an amazing job looking after our two cats and the house. Our typically cautious cats were immediately relaxed and eating treats out of her hand within the first 15mins. She kept us posted with txts during the visit and was very accommodating to our schedule. We will definitely have Carmen over again to look after our pets.
Can provide cats with medication (pilling, eyedrops, ear drops)
Am aware of accommodations that may be necessary for senior pets or larger pets.
Am knowledgeable in detecting signs of health issues in cats (stool rating, water consumption, abnormal behaviour that indicates other health issues, signs of colds, infections, injuries). Have worked with under-socialized and anxious pets (rodents and cats)
Am able to groom pets (brush, cut nails, clean areas that may get dirty/hard to be cleaned by animal), feed them based on dietary needs and provide adequate exercise based on energy levels, age and possible physical issues.
Have access to vets, pet stores and grooming services nearby.
My home can accommodate pets with mobility issues.
As a registered social worker who has recently worked with children, I have passed a vulnerable sector check.
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