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How to Find the Best Pet Sitters in Contra Costa County CA

Traveling outside of Contra Costa County but Fido can't come? Fortunately, pet sitters and pet boarders in Walnut Creek, Pittsburg, San Ramon and Richmond offer incredibly convenient pet services to pet owners like yourself. Whether you're away for an hour or a week, some Contra Costa County pet sitting services can arrange for dog walkers, pet groomers, or just give your dog or cat some much needed affection when you're away. 

The following research by The Prime Buyer's Report identifies the best pet sitters & boarding facilities in Contra Costa County and issues related to pet sitting and boarding.

Updated September 27, 2013

 The TOP 10 Pet Sitting Services & Pet Boarding in Contra Costa County CA

Deluxe Pet Sitting Services
(510) 223-0406
2024 Thompson Ln
Richmond, CA 94803

Areas Served: Richmond CA, El Cerrito CA, San Pablo CA, El Sobrante CA, Tara Hills CA, Hercules CA

Sylshire Kennels
(925) 682-3581
1110 Lacey Ln
Concord, CA 94520

Areas Served: Concord CA, Pleasant Hill CA, Walnut Creek CA, Pacheco CA, Clayton CA, Martinez CA

Apronstrings Pet Sitting
(925) 798-7621
3130 Santa Paula Dr
Walnut Creek, CA 94518

Wunderbar's Pet Hotel
(925) 930-9767
695 N. Gate Rd
Walnut Creek, CA 94598

Areas Served: Walnut Creek CA, Pleasant Hill CA, Lafayette CA, Alamo CA, Saranap CA

Pet and Home Care
(925) 229-2698
849 Robinson St # A
Pacheco, CA 94553

Areas Served: Pacheco CA, Concord CA, Martinez CA, Pleasant Hill CA

Farrington Kennels
(925) 228-6288
170 Nardi Ln
Martinez, CA 94553

Puppy Playland LLC
(925) 725-2300
25 Beta Ct # I
San Ramon, CA 94583

North Gate Kennels & Cattery
(925) 934-6565
1240 N Gate Rd
Walnut Creek, CA 94598

Areas Served: Walnut Creek CA, Alamo CA, Lafayette CA, Pleasant Hill CA, Saranap CA

How to Find the Best Pet Sitters in Contra Costa County CA 

 


There is no state license required for pet boarding or pet sitters in Contra Costa County and so no state standard for competency, safety, or reliability. Likewise, there is no legal requirement that they have worker's comp insurance or liability insurance and both are critical to you. If an employee of a pet sitter were injured on your property and the company doesn't have worker's comp, you will be held liable. Similarly if any accidental damage occurs to your property and the company has no liability insurance, you will be on the hook for it.

This makes it all the more significant that all pet boarding facilities and pet sitters bearing The Prime Buyer's Report—TOP 10 symbol have been evaluated by our research staff, and have had to pass all the requirements for Prime Buyer's Report—TOP 10 status such as survey phone calls to previous customers to verify high satisfaction, clean complaint record, verified worker's comp and liability insurance, only employees legal to work in the U.S., and more. 

 

Pet Sitters & Pet Boarders in Contra Costa County Perform Numerous Pet Services
Whether you're bound for a two-week vacation or working a little overtime, pet sitters & pet boarders can watch your pet according to your schedule. In-home pet sitters can work day or evening hours or even arrange overnight stays. They'll walk your pets, play with them, feed them, give them any required medications, and clean up after them, whether it's in your home or at their specialized pet boarding facilities.

And these pet boarders are not just kennels. If you choose to board your pet with a pet sitting service in Contra Costa County, the stay can include grooming, play dates, playtime at a private dog park, group adventures, private rooms, exercise time, swim time for dogs, or pick up and drop off in customized buses.

Certain pet sitters & pet boarding services in Contra Costa County have expanded their pet services to accommodate animals other than canines or felines. They can care for and board cats, small animals, horses and livestock, and exotic birds. Some vet-recommended pet sitters and pet boarders in Contra Costa County can even tailor their care to pets with special medical needs.

If you simply need a hand getting your pet to the pet groomers or the vet, many pet sitting services offer regular pet transportation in special pet taxis. While you're away, there's usually more to attend to than your lonely pet. Many pet sitting services & pet boarding services in Contra Costa County take care of these chores as well, including errands, organizing, packing, getting newspapers and mail, watering plants, party cleanup, general home maintenance, and security concerns.

 

Some Pet Sitters & Pet Boarding Services in Contra Costa County Are Much Better Than Others
The Prime Buyer's Report lists these pet sitters & pet boarders in Contra Costa County: Puppy Playland LLC, Farrington Kennels, Apronstrings Pet Sitting, Deluxe Pet Sitting Services, Wunderbar's Pet Hotel, Pet and Home Care, Sylshire Kennels, North Gate Kennels & Cattery, Wolff's Pet Sitting, Jody's Pet Care. Other pet sitting services and pet boarding facilities in Walnut Creek, Pittsburg, San Ramon and Richmond CA that might still be in business include: Creatures Comfort, Fetch Pet Care, Debbie's Pet Sitting Services, Diablo Kennels, Pets in the City. Didn't find what you wanted with the TOP 10 Pet Sitting Services & Pet Boarding in Contra Costa County? Then click here to see additional companies in this category.

 

 

 

How to Choose Pet Sitters & Pet Boarding in Contra Costa County CA 

When you've decided that you require temporary care for your pet, you can't just hire any pet sitter or pet boarding facility. For the sake of your pet's health and safety, you should screen a number of possible pet sitters to find one you can feel comfortable with. If you follow the steps below, you are more likely to find a pet sitter you can trust.

Step 1: Describe The Services Desired from The Pet Sitters or Pet Boarders in Contra Costa County
When you first make contact with pet sitting services and pet boarders, tell the representative what kind of pet you have, how long you'll be away, and any special care considerations your pet needs such as medications for your pet or if it's a 'special needs' pet. The more you can describe up front to the pet sitters and pet boarding facilities, the more accurate the estimate will be for the pet sitting and pet boarding.

Step 2: Ask & Answer Questions With the Pet Boarding Facilities and Pet Sitters in Contra Costa County
You'll learn a lot by the questions asked by the pet sitters or pet boarders. Good pet boarding facilities and pet sitting services should know the drill and be familiar with methods that apply to the scenario you've described. They should be able to fill in any details you overlooked. Listen closely to their input and take notes for future reference.

You should also have a list of questions to ask a pet sitters or pet boarding services about experience, credentialing, special pet care methods and general policies. Select the most appropriate questions from this list to start with. The pet sitters or pet boarders answers are just as important as their attitude toward your pet.

  • How long have they been pet sitters or pet boarders in Contra Costa County?
  • What kind of animals do the pet sitting services or pet boarding facilities usually care for?
  • Are the pet sitters or pet boarders a mobile service or do they have a facility?
  • Do the pet sitters bring the necessary supplies (treats, waste disposal bags etc.)?
  • Do the pet sitters or pet boarding services offer pet transportation?
  • What are the available hours of the pet sittng services and pet boarders?
  • Do the pet boarders and pet sitters have references I may contact?
  • Will the pet sitters and pet boarding kennels provide a written estimate?
  • Do the pet boarders or pet sitters offer any special activities for my pet?
  • If the pet sitting service is an in-home pet sitter, are they available to perform other household tasks?
  • If they are pet boarders watching my pet in a boarding facility, is there a veterinarian on site, or one nearby they have an established relationship with?
  • How long have the pet sitters or pet boarders been in business?
  • Are the pet sitting services and pet boarding facilities or kennels insured?
  • What safety precautions do the pet boarders and pet sitters take?
  • Will there be other animals the pet sitters are watching while they care for mine? What kind? What is their temperament?


Step 3: Making a Preliminary Decision of Pet Sitting Services & Pet Boarders in Contra Costa County

After you've gotten your answers from the pet sitters and pet boarders, review you notes to determine the best candidates. Take the answers into consideration as well as demeanor of the pet sitters and pet boarding kennels. An intelligent, responsible person can still become distracted or cold with your pet.

Step 4: Final Research into Pet Sitters and Pet Boarding Facilities in Contra Costa County
When you've selected the pet sitters or pet boarding facilities, make sure they are "fit" to do the job, "fit" being a subjective term. Positive interaction with your pet can be enough, but if you prefer extensive experience and official credentialing, check with pet sitting associations, kennel associations, and pet boarding organizations to locate a local member. Better Business Bureau or Diamond Certified endorsements are worth looking for as well.

Step 5: Making the Final Decision on Pet Sitters or Pet Boarding Services in Contra Costa County
Now that you've chosen a perfect fit of pet sitter or pet boarder for your pet, arrange for your date of service. Extended visits should include written agreements that detail the terms of the care and the length of your pet's stay.

 

 

Tips About Pet Sitting Services & Pet Boarding Facilities in Contra Costa County 

Review the Pet Boarding Facilities in Contra Costa County
If you plan to board your pet in pet boarding facilities visit before you arrange a stay. Make sure beds, dishes and kennels (if applicable) are clean and changed regularly. Watch how often the animals receive attention. Even pet boarding businesses geared toward play and interaction might crate your dog for hours at a time, so try to get a better idea of what "pet boarding" really means to each of the pet boarding companies.

Allow for Acclimation With The Pet Sitters or Pet Boarders.
If you're leaving your pet in a new setting such as with pet boarders, or simply new people like with in-home pet sitters, there's bound to be an uncomfortable, anxiety-filled transitional period. So stay with them for some time before you leave. Simply dropping and running could negatively affect your pet's behavior, or worse, their health.

Consider Several Pet Boarding Facilities or Pet Sitters in Contra Costa County
Talk to a number of pet sitters and pet boarders. They aren't all the same. Arrangements can range from unlicensed pet sitters to large pet boarding facilities that board dozens of other pets as well. Depending on the type of attention you want your pet to receive (or the price you're willing to pay), this will affect your decision.

Prepare Information for the Pet Sitters or Pet Boarders in Contra Costa County.
You know your pet well, but the pet sitters or pet boarders probably don't. Particularly if your pet requires special consideration (medications, allergies, special diet, bad interaction with other animals, lack of potty training), you should write down the details of care before you leave.

Leave Contact Information for the Pet Sitters or Pet Boarders
In case of any complications or questions your pet sitter might encounter, make sure they can contact you if necessary. Leave your phone numbers as well as emergency alternates. If possible, leave email addresses and contact information for your destination as well.

Know Your Rights With Pet Sitters or Pet Boarders in Contra Costa County.
When you work with pet sitting services or pet boarding businesses you are protected by certain consumer rights. To learn about the specifics of these laws, visit the California Department of Consumer Affairs.

 

 

Resources About Pet Sitting & Pet Boarders in Contra Costa County 


Regulatory Bodies & Trade Associations Related to Pet Sitters / Pet Boarding in Contra Costa County
ABKA American Boarding Kennels Association (http://www.akba.com)
BBB Better Business Bureau (http://www.bbb.com/)
DCA California Department of Consumer Affairs (www.dca.ca.gov)
IACP International Association of Canine Professionals (http://www.dogpro.org/)
NAPPS National Association of Professional Pet Sitters (www.petsitters.org)
PDWA Professional Dog Walkers Association (www.prodogwalker.com)
PSI Pet Sitters International (www.petsit.com)
PUPS Professional United Pet Sitters (www.petsits.com)
WWPIA World Wide Pet Industry Association (www.wwpia.org)



Media for Pet Boarding & Pet Sitting in Contra Costa County
Best Friends Magazine
Bird Talk Magazine
Cat Fancy Magazine
Cat & Kitten Care Magazine
Cats & Kittens Magazine
Dog Magazine
Dog Fancy Magazine
Dog & Kennel Magazine
Dog World Magazine
Ferrets Magazine
Good Dog Magazine
Horse & Rider Magazine
House Pet Magazine
I Love Cats
Modern Dog Magazine
Modern Ferret Magazine
Pet Age Magazine
Pet Magazine
Pet Product News International Magazine
The Bark Magazine
Whole Dog Journal





The Prime Buyer's Report provides information for the TOP 10 Pet Boarders & Pet Sitters in Contra Costa County within the following zip codes:

94527, 94516, 94511, 94514, 94563, 94509, 94520, 94547, 94595, 94806, 94522, 94526, 94583, 94517, 94803, 94597, 94598, 94549, 94596, 94805, 94518, 94506, 94523, 94524, 94572, 94570, 94513, 94850, 94808, 94561, 94564, 94569, 94525, 94531, 94521, 94507, 94528, 94820, 94575, 94582, 94802, 94804, 94565, 94556, 94801, 94548, 94807, 94519, 94530 and 94553

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Pet Sitters Pet Boarding Antioch CA

Animal House Petsitting Antioch CA 94509

Pet Sitters Pet Boarding Brentwood CA

All God's Creatures Brentwood CA 94513
Avian Mobile Spa & Resort Brentwood CA 94513
Brentwood Pet Resort Brentwood CA 94513
Fiona's Farm Brentwood CA 94513
Lori Lees Family Dog Training Brentwood CA 94513
Pampered Pets Brentwood CA 94513
Paws-Itively Pets Brentwood CA 94513
Pets Frolic Inn Brentwood CA 94513
Tooth & Nail Pet Service Brentwood CA 94513

 

Pet Sitters Pet Boarding Clayton CA

Camp Four Paws-Playcare Clayton CA 94517
Pet Suites Inn Clayton CA 94517


Pet Sitters Pet Boarding Concord CA

Amadeus Pet Sitters Concord CA 94521
Wolff's Pet Sitting Concord CA 94520

 

Pet Sitters Pet Boarding Danville CA

Breton's School for Dogs & Cat Danville CA 94506
Charomalee Kennels Reg Danville CA 94506
Spoiled Rotten Pets Danville CA 94526


Pet Sitters Pet Boarding El Sobrante CA

Deluxe Pet Sitting Service El Sobrante CA 94803


Pet Sitters Pet Boarding Hercules CA

Dog Daddy Hercules CA 94547

 

Pet Sitters Pet Boarding Lafayette CA

Waiterock Kennels Inc Lafayette CA 94549

 

Pet Sitters Pet Boarding Martinez CA

Farrington Kennels Martinez CA 94553


Pet Sitters Pet Boarding Pacheco CA

Sylshire Kennels Pacheco CA 94553


Pet Sitters Pet Boarding Pleasant Hill CA

A Mews in Pet Sitting Pleasant Hill CA 94523
Allbay Pet Service Pleasant Hill CA 94523
Angie's Pet Sitting Pleasant Hill CA 94523
Fetch! Pet Care Pleasant Hill CA 94523

 

Pet Sitters Pet Boarding Richmond CA

Metro Pet Service Richmond CA 94804

 

Pet Sitters Pet Boarding San Pablo CA

Luvin' Pet Care San Pablo CA 94806

 

Pet Sitters Pet Boarding San Ramon CA

House Calls, Inc., Pet Sitting San Ramon CA 94583
Puppy Playland LLC San Ramon CA 94583


Pet Sitters Pet Boarding Walnut Creek CA

Apronstrings Pet Sitting Walnut Creek CA 94598
House Calls Pet Service Walnut Creek CA 94597
Paws-A-Walking Walnut Creek CA 94597
Pet Nanny Walnut Creek CA 94596
Wunderbar's Pet Hotel Walnut Creek CA 94598