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Here's how Pawshake works.

Search and connect with trusted pet sitters. It's easy as 1, 2, 3.

1. Find a verified pet sitter

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Search and find experienced local pet sitters nearby

2. Arrange a meet & greet

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Get to know your sitter in person, obligation-free.

3. Pay online

Book your sitter through our safe online system, with flexible cancellations in case your plans change.

Happiness guaranteed

Sit back and relax! Your pet is in safe hands with their loving, experienced pet sitter.

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Did you know: Pawshake accepts only 15% of pet sitter applications? Our Trust and Safety Team has a strict vetting process to maintain high safety standards. We also work closely with a local provider to offer national police checks for sitters - because you and your pets deserve the best.

Aoife is a fantastic dog sitter and dog walker. She was available on short notice, and is friendly, has clear communication, and clearly loves dogs. She took our dog for long walks/runs and he came back tired and happy. When our dog Basil sees Aoife, he’s smiley and happy and clearly loves his time with her. I highly recommend Aoife as a dog walker and dog sitter.

- Hannah

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Why choose Pawshake?

Personalised and flexible pet care

Pawshake sitters provide one-on-one love and attention in a cosy home space.

Safety first for your peace of mind

Pawshake dog sitters and pet sitters are vetted by our expert Trust and Safety team. Police checks are also provided by our Australian verification partner, InterCheck.

A real community

Pawshake pet sitters are genuine pet lovers from your local neighbourhood

Veterinary Coverage

Enjoy peace of mind with free veterinary coverage for your pet with every booking. No hidden gap payments or subscription costs.

Always stay connected

Download the free Pawshake app to book, pay and enjoy updates of your pet having a fun staycation.

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Because we love to talk about pets.

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Frequently asked questions

Your questions answered

What is Pawshake?

Pawshake is an online pet sitting community. Our mission is to connect pet parents with trustworthy and affordable pet sitters in their local area. We have various pet sitting services available to suit your needs. For example, your pet might prefer daily home visits or overnight dog boarding in a loving family home. Alternatively, your pet may love to get some exercise with a dog walker while you are at the office during the day. Whatever service you need, Pawshake offers a flexible, stress-free alternative to kennels or catteries. Plus, our pet sitters provide one-on-one care to cater to your pet’s specific needs.

How does Pawshake work?

First, search for a pet sitter on our website or app. From here, plan a free meet and greet to make sure you have found a great match. Lastly, pay for the booking online. The pet sitter will get paid once the booking is completed. All bookings made through the site are automatically covered by The Pawshake Guarantee. This includes free veterinary coverage, in-house customer support, and more. Plus, you can enjoy daily photo updates of your pet having a lovely time with their new human friend. This means more time for you to relax knowing your pet is in safe hands!

What is a pet sitter?

A pet sitter is a pet care professional who looks after dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, and fish on a one-on-one basis. Their services are much more flexible and personal than traditional dog hotels, boarding kennels, or catteries because they mainly work with only a small number of clients at a time. For example, your pet can stay at your home and the sitter can stay with them overnight or for a few hours during the day. Alternatively, your pet can go and stay with the sitter at their house. As a result, this is often a better and cheaper option for owners who need pet care. Plus, you know exactly who will be with your pet and can give them specific instructions about your pet's needs.

Can I trust Pawshake pet sitters?

Pawshake pet sitters go through a very strict vetting process before getting started to ensure they are experienced and trustworthy. We encourage all our sitters to obtain a Police Check, and all bookings through the site have automatic veterinary coverage in case of accident or illness. Plus, our friendly customer support team is available to step in and can help you at any time. At Pawshake, our team are all pet owners ourselves and know how important trust and safety are when it comes to our beloved fur kids. If you’re still not sure about a sitter, you can also read reviews from previous owners.

How do I find and book a pet sitter?

To book a sitter on Pawshake, just follow these steps: The first step is to visit our homepage on the app or website and choose the service and dates you will need. Enter your address in the search box and select 'search now'. You will then see a list of pet sitters near you, plus a handy map to see where each pet sitter is located. When you find a profile you love, send the sitter a message via the green 'contact' button, which will also prompt you to create a free Pawshake account. Be sure to include detailed information about your pet and what you need, and invite the sitter to meet with you and your fur kid in person. If the meet and greet is a success and you feel great about the match, return to the website or app to enter your payment information to book.

How do I become a pet sitter?

To register as a pet sitter on Pawshake, simply select 'become a sitter' on the website. This will take you through the onboarding process and guide you through the creation of your unique Pawshake profile. Be sure to follow the instructions carefully, as we have very high standards for all new pet-sitting profiles and vet them individually. Once accepted, you can select the exact services you wish to offer, such as dog boarding, doggy daycare, home visits, house sitting, or dog walking. Plus, you can set your own prices for the work you do. If you are reliable, love animals, have previous pet care experience, and have some time to spare, this could be the perfect job for you!

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