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How to stop holiday stress for Jewish pets

While you're away it's good to know your furry friends are being looked after at home

Brigit Grant is the Jewish News Supplements Editor

Nothing upsets pets more than packed bags in a hallway. Even indifferent cats are sensitive to the sight of luggage, as it means owners are going away and all nestling is on hold for a fortnight and they’re being sent to kennels or a cattery.
But there is another option, and one all animals will welcome: Trusted Housesitters. Founded by animal lovers, the company provides verified sitters with references who stay in your house to mind your pets while you’re away. No more dragging the dog to a boarder. No more convincing the cat they will adjust to sharing space. With Trusted Housesitters you sign up and scroll through a list of people who are passionate about pets and enjoy living in different parts of the country or the world. Once you connect, they will look after your animals and property while you are away.

Even indifferent cats don’t like it when you aren’t there to fuss over them

Angela Laws, head of community at Trusted Housesitters, and her husband have taken care of all sorts of animals across the globe. She has travelled as far as Australia and as close as Barnes to mind animals be it labrador or llama.“Giving them the same level of love and attention is key,” says Angela. “Sitters are ID-verified and reviewed, so owners never lose control of who they invite into their homes to care for their beloved pets. The idea of having a stranger in your home can be daunting, but in our experience it leads to making great friendships and it is very reassuring to know that someone is taking good care of your beloved pet when you aren’t.”

As the editors of the JN pet page have experienced the services of Trusted Housesitters, we can vouch for its pet promise. Signing up also gives the sitter use of a free 24/7 Vet Advice Line when you are away. Now when your dog spots a suitcase in the hall, he or she knows the only one travelling is YOU! .

Call: 08081 785384  www.trustedhousesitters.com

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