I have been an avid animal lover since childhood, growing up with an extensive menagerie including cats, guinea pigs, budgies, canaries, a galah, fish, a turtle, mice and rats. I therefore have experience in looking after all these animals and specific experience over the years pet-sitting other people's cats, dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs and birds.
While I was living in Melbourne, I volunteered at the Lort Smith Animal Hospital, which involved dog-walking, cat-pampering, cleaning and providing enrichment for the animals. I have also previously volunteered at the Adelaide Koala and Wildlife Hospital, helping to provide hands-on care for injured and sick wildlife. My passion for animals is also reflected in my current volunteer roles with two amazing organisations: Animal Aid Abroad and The Orangutan Project. I am deeply committed to animal welfare and protection and strongly believe in kindness to all creatures.
Although I have been working as a registered health professional (occupational therapist) for the past 16 years, I recently returned to study to become a counsellor. I am at uni a couple of days a week so am flexible in terms of availability for pet-minding. I am happy to provide once daily home visits for feeding/playing/grooming/enrichment etc. and to provide dog-walking too (small to medium-sized dogs only please).
I have employment-related police checks, which I am happy to provide if requested...
I look forward to meeting you and your animal companion/s!
Renate did a wonderful job of looking after our Pomeranian for 5 days. She was friendly and had great communication. Mia can’t wait for us to go on holidays again so Renate can look after her! We would highly recommend Renate.
Knowledge of animal care, behaviour, feeding, enrichment etc. due to volunteer work at an animal shelter and my passion for animal welfare.
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