**I am only able to care for cats and small mammals. I am not able to care for dogs at this moment.
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 who works a 9-5, but I love to care for animals in my spare time. I currently work from home and will be doing so for the foreseeable future as my job is remote therefore your pets will have a lot of company.
I had been a foster volunteer for both the Toronto Humane Society and the Toronto Cat Rescue for over 3 years. 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 (anxious) 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, and could spend a considerable amount of time with them (at least 40 minutes per visit). My visiting times can either be around 7am or any time after 6pm (depending on your pets feeding schedule) I am able to feed, groom and play/provide stimulating activities for pets, with ease. if your home is close by I can also come midday but that would depend on distance from my home.
For folks looking for cat boarding, I live alone with no other pets and no children in a 1 bedroom apartment that overlooks the Humber river. All of my windows have screens on them and my apartment is completely pet-safe. I have my own sets of grooming equipment, litter boxes and litter, meaning that you would not need to pack much to have them stay with me. I can take up to 2 cats at a time but will only do so if both cats already live together or both are social and want a boarding companion. I will not be boarding 2 different owners cats (as I know that can be disastrous and very stressful for the cats). 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.
As a house-sitter I tend to not leave the house for more than a couple of hours if I need to pick up groceries or run errands. I will be respectful of the space and keep it clean so that you can re-enter your home with ease. Your pets will also be well taken care of during my stay.
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.
This was Lucy’s first experience away from home since we adopted her eight months ago from a rescue organization. She seemed to have been very happy at Carmen’s. Will definitely return in the future. Thank you, Carmen!
Carmen was great with my baby (okay, my cat!) while I was away for two weeks. She was communicative, followed all my directions, and sent photos and updates so I knew everything was fine. Would definitely recommend and will hire her again myself next time I'm away!!
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