Pets are happiest and less stressed when they are in their own home environment--their "territory." A familiar environment, diet and exercise routine are all essential to an animal's well-being. Eliminating the trauma of being transported in a carrier and minimizing exposure to illnesses from neighboring animals at kennels will make your vacation and your pets time away from you much happier.
If you use a pet sitter, you no longer have to impose on family, friends and neighbors. Often, neighborhood children are entrusted with care of a pet while the owner is away. This is not the safest option available however. Children can be irresponsible or forgetful. Entrusting the safety of your home and the health of your pets to a paid professional ensures that they will be well taken care of and it gives you peace of mind during your time away.
Pet sitters can provide a variety of other related services for the security and maintenance of your home. As a crime deterrent, pet sitters can adjust lighting, shades, radios, and bring in mail and newspapers. Pet sitters can also water plants and a multitude of other specialized services for the security of your home and safety of your pets.