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Rosary Bovello Named “Pet Sitter of the Year”!

GPS founder and president Rosary Bovello has been honored by Pet Sitters International as the Pet Sitter of the Year for 2002-2003.

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Rosary Bovello Named “Pet Sitter of the Year”!

GPS founder and president Rosary Bovello has been honored by Pet Sitters International as the Pet Sitter of the Year for 2002-2003.

Read about Rosary’s rescued kittens from Barbados here.

FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions.

  1. What is pet sitting?
  2. How does pet sitting benefit our pet(s)?
  3. What are the advantages of pet sitting over other alternatives, such as boarding or having a relative or neighbor look in on our pet(s)?
  4. Is boarding a good choice for pet care while I am away?
  5. Is GPS, Inc. bonded and insured?
  6. What references can you supply?
  7. What additional services are provided?
  8. Is pet sitting expensive compared to other alternatives?
  9. What happens if my pet gets sick while I’m away?
  10. What happens if the pet sitter cannot perform scheduled services?
  11. What if there is a delay in our return from vacation?
  12. How much notice is needed for pet sitting services?
  13. What is the first step in reserving pet sitting services?

 

1. What is pet sitting?
Pet sitting is a terrific service for you and your pet(s). Our pet sitter comes to your home to visit your pet(s) one to four visits per day while you are away, working or vacationing. She spends approximately 30-45 minutes—giving love and attention, feeding, replenishing water, and exercising your pet(s).
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2. How does pet sitting benefit our pet(s)?
Your pet(s) receive(s) individualized care based on their specific needs, including medications. Our sitter learns the family’s routine and follows your instructions to give your pet(s) the best in care. Some pets do not enjoy being boarded. Most pets are very comfortable in their own home following their usual schedule.
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3. What are the advantages of pet sitting over other alternatives, such as boarding or having a relative or neighbor look in on our pet(s)?
Your pets are already in their own home, so you do not take time to transport them to a facility. They follow their regular routine and diet, avoid exposure to illness, do not need injections required for boarding, and have their familiar toys, bedding and bowls at hand. A neighbor or relative may suddenly have to cancel plans to care for your pet(s). We are professionals and we have a contract with you to perform services exactly as planned.
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4. Is boarding a good choice for pet care while I am away?
Sometimes we recommend boarding for certain pets. Under some circumstances, such as very young or very elderly pets, or pets needing very close supervision, it is the best choice. Some pets need to be boarded at a veterinarian for observation.
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5. Is GPS, Inc. bonded and insured?
Yes, and our independent contractors are also covered.
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6. What references can you supply?
Upon request, we have references from local veterinarians, pet shop owners, and, of course our clients. GPS, LLC is also a member in good standing of Pet Sitters International.
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7. What additional services are provided?
At no additional cost, plants are watered, mail and newspapers are brought in, recyclables and trash are put out and security checks performed. We also administer medications as directed by your veterinarian, also at no extra charge.
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8. Is pet sitting expensive compared to other alternatives?
Pet sitting is not comparable to other alternatives for pet care in that we provide a one on one personalized service. Our fees are reasonable, especially for multiple pet households. Often pet sitting is less expensive than boarding.
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9. What happens if my pet gets sick while I’m away?
We always observe pets carefully for signs of illness. In an acute emergency, we will transport your pet to the veterinarian immediately. Otherwise, we will call you first. At the interview, a form is completed giving us permission to have your pet treated by your veterinarian. In case we cannot reach him/her there are local emergency clinics in Rockville and Gaithersburg that can be reached 24 hours a day.
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10. What happens if the pet sitter cannot perform scheduled services?
We always have back up sitters, just in case. The information for each date’s services is in the computer and two schedules are kept up to date.
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11. What if there is a delay in our return from vacation?
Our policy is to continue service UNTIL the client calls to inform us of their return home.
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12. How much notice is needed for pet sitting services?
A. For the initial interview we ask you to schedule as soon as possible unless your trip is far in the future. We try to accommodate established clients on short notice. If you call for same day service, an extra fee is charged.
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13. What is the first step in reserving pet sitting services?
Call our office during daytime hours to make an appointment for an interview. After checking to make sure we are available for the dates needed, we will schedule an interview and come to your home to complete the necessary paperwork and contract. We meet you and your pets in their own environment and become familiar with your home and routine of care. You are welcome to ask questions and the interview is at no obligation.
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