Your E-mail:
Will your bird get a holiday gift this year?


Printer Friendly

Find A Bird-Savvy Pet-Sitter

Tips on finding a bird-sitter and working out sitting costs

By Susan Chamberlain

Courtesy Karen Nantus, IndianaSearch Tips
Ask your local bird store, your avian veterinarian’s office or local bird club for references. Refer to listings in the classified section of BIRD TALK and Birds USA Magazines.

Check out a professional pet-sitting organization, such as the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters or Pet Sitters International , to locate a bird sitter in your area.

Breaking Down Costs
According to Cathe Delaney, member services manager of the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters, the average cost of an in-home visit varies widely with an average of $12.50 to $25 per visit for a 30- to 45- minute stay. Cost also depends on the services offered. To get the best value and service, Delaney advises asking for references. The bird sitter should set up a meet-and-greet session, so you’ll both know if there’s a rapport with the bird and vice-versa.

Conure owner Roberta Fabiano of Long Island reported paying $13 a day to board her nanday conure at an avian veterinarian’s office, and $5 per day to board the bird at a home-based boarding facility.

The popularity of birds as companion animals has resulted in a greater number of pet sitters becoming bird savvy, according to Ellen Price, Academic Manager of Pet Sitters International and editor of PSI publications. “In communications with our members, we hear about their bird clients and the amazing feelings people have for them. We regularly supply educational information about care requirements for birds in our publications.”

Price recommends getting the best value for your pet-sitting dollar by asking the following questions: Is the sitter insured? Can he or she provide references? Is the sitter knowledgeable about bird care? Is there a printed list of services and fees?


 Give us your opinion on
Find A Bird-Savvy Pet-Sitter

Submit a Comment or
Join Club
Earn 1,000 points! What's this?
Reader Comments
something is wrong with your code area.........did it 6 times. never worked.
Roz, Fort Lee, NJ
Posted: 4/29/2012 10:56:08 AM
This is a good article.
Dan, Sandy Valley, NV
Posted: 12/10/2010 9:30:36 PM
Interesting article
Sheryl, Bloomington, IN
Posted: 10/11/2008 2:12:33 PM
Thanks for giving us a helpful start on this tricky issue!
Taddy, Rock Island, IL
Posted: 7/20/2008 9:29:33 PM
View Current Comments
Top Products
d
BirdChannel Home | Bird Breeders | Bird Species | Related Links | BirdChannel Editors and Contributors
DOGS | CATS | FISH | HORSE | REPTILES | SMALL ANIMALS | HOBBY FARMS
                       | Birds USA |  
Disclaimer: The posts and threads recorded in our message boards do not reflect the opinions of nor are endorsed by I-5 Publishing, LLC nor any of its employees. We are not responsible for the content of these posts and threads.
Copyright ©  I-5 Publishing, LLC. All rights reserved.
Our Privacy Policy has changed. Your California Privacy Right/Privacy Policy
Advertise With Us  |  SiteMap  |  Contact Us  |  Terms of Use  |  Community Guidelines | Bird eClub Terms
BirdChannel Newsletter Signup | Link to Us | About Us | More Great I-5 Sites
Gold Standard

*Content generated by our loyal visitors, which includes comments and club postings, is free of constraints from our editors’ red pens, and therefore not governed by I-5 Publishing, LLC’s Gold Standard Quality Content, but instead allowed to follow the free form expression necessary for quick, inspired and spontaneous communication.

Become a fan of BirdChannel on Facebook Follow BirdChannel on Twitter
Get social and connect with BirdChannel.



Hi my name's RaneBeau ('> Thank You, Friends!!

Visit the Photo Gallery to
cast your vote!
Information on over 200 critter species