Learn about our cancellation policy, extreme weather protocols, holiday rates and more.

Here are the answers you are looking for…

Are you licensed and insured?
Yes! All of our sitters are covered. Everyone is also CPR/First Aid trained.
Are you certified to be a pet sitter?
Yes! The owner is a member of Pet Sitters International and the Texas Pet Sitter Association. Within these memberships annual credits are required to make sure we are up on top pet care techniques and safety.
Should I tip my pet sitter/dog walker?
Tipping is always appreciated and goes directly to the sitter/walker.
Why should I book with you?

Perna’s Pet Care has a team of dedicated, professional pet sitters and dog walkers to fit your needs.

-Does your neighbor know how to pill a dog or cat?
-Does your family member know what to do if the come across a lose or aggressive dog on a walk?
-Will they bail on you if they decide they want to do something else instead that day? 

These are just a few examples of reasons people have come to us after trying other methods of pet sitting. Our sitters are trained to handle whatever they are assigned to, have excellent communication, and will have a backup available if the original sitter is sick or otherwise incapable of working. 

Choosing a service company like ours, you get personalized care for you pets where they feel safest- in their own homes! Less stress and anxiety and more comfort! It will also ensure your home is watched and cared for while you’re away giving extra peace of mind. 

How do I get started to book my first services?

Head over to our Book Online page from the menu and schedule a free phone consultation. This will be an introductory chat to go over your needs as well as next steps to getting you fully onboarded. During the call we will schedule a time to meet in person as well.

Do I need to give you a key to my house?

No. For us to be able to work as efficiently as possible, we require all clients to be able to keep a key on their property by either using a lock box, hide-a-key, or door key code. If this is not possible we are not a good fit for your needs.

What happens if there is bad weather?

Safety comes first for humans and pets. Booking within time blocks helps us to be able to make adjustments as needed and if possible visits will be cancelled. For heavy rain or lightening we will try to wait until the storm lets up. Snow and ice might also cause delays.

Perna’s Pet Care has created general guidelines in regards to the weather to protect the safety of the dog(s) and the walker/sitter. Adjustments are made based off specific dog (age, health, breed) as well as other nature related cases such as thunder/lightning, ice/snow, heavy rain downpour, wind chill, and “feels like” high temps in summer months. When temperatures reach below (“feels like”) 30 degrees or above (“feels like”) 80 degrees, walks will be reduced in length/potty break only. Humidity and wind chill will also have an affect. `Full time will still be spent with pets so they receive full length of service. Taking breaks in the shade, stopping for a water break, or soaking the dog in water will be done as needed. Walks/drop-ins might be pushed back due to unsafe conditions. Walker/Sitter will always notify client of these changes.

What is your cancellation policy?

** We will no longer accept Covid-19 as a reason for last minute cancels. We are going into year 3 and know the risks of traveling. Unless there is a government mandated lock down our regular cancellation policy applies.**

Must give 48 hours notice before the first visit of your booking to cancel. If less than 48 hours you will be charged the equal of 2 days booked or the remaining booked visits, which ever is less. The rest will be added as credit to your account.
Early Returns qualify as a cancel and would require the 48 hours notice for all visits.
Rescheduling: A request to reschedule any service is deemed a cancellation and a new service request. As a result, the above cancellation policy shall apply.

The cancellation policy may be waived in certain circumstances and in Perna’s Pet Care sole discretion

Dog Walk Cancellation Policy:

Must give 24 hours notice to cancel walk for a full credit to your account.
Regular monthly dog walk Clients agree to give two (2) weeks’ notice should Client decide to discontinue regular ongoing dog walking service. If Client cannot or does not give two (2) weeks’ notice, Client agrees to compensate Perna’s Pet Care for what would have been the total for two weeks of regular dog walking service. Perna’s Pet Care agrees that should Client discontinue service due to blatantly poor care/service from walker for any reason, then this two (2) week notice addendum will not be enforced by Perna’s Pet Care.

How do I pay?
All payments are made through Time to Pet. Daily dog walks will be charged bi-monthly for the upcoming 2 weeks and any cancellations will be saved as credit for future walks. All other bookings require 50% deposit before 1st day of service to confirm booking.
Holiday Fees

$6 will be added per visit on the following dates. This is to account for extra driving time and the fact that we are working hard to care for your pets on holidays. Thank you!

Easter April 3rd, 4th, 5th
Memorial Day May 31st
Independence Day Weekend July 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Labor Day Weekend September 4th, 6th, 6th
Thanksgiving Weekend November 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th, 28th
Christmas Week December 23rd, 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th, 28th, 29th
New Year Holiday December 30th, 31st January 1st, 2nd

Do I get to meet my pet sitter/dog walker?

Perna’s Pet Care works as a team. A manager will assign pet sitters based on the perfect fit and skill sets. We will do our best to use the same sitter each time.

Booking with a professional service like ours ensures that we have a back up available for emergencies to make sure your pet care is continuous.

What if I really want to meet my pet sitter beforehand?
If you really want to meet your pet sitter or dog walker, no problem. Let us know and we will set up a Meet and Greet. You will be charged the regular rate of a 30 min visit to account for the sitters’ time.
Will I always get the same pet sitter/dog walker?

No, we work as a team here at Perna’s Pet Care. This allows us to accept for last minute requests, be prepared for emergencies, and account for times when your sitter is unavailable. It is also is another way for your pets to socialize with different team members coming to your home.

Will you come at a certain time?

We schedule all of our services within time blocks during the day to account for the sitter’s schedule. There will be a space when scheduling where you can add preferred visit times and we can usually stick to that. We do make puppies and pets with medication a priority. 

Do you offer overnight pet sitting?

Not yet. We hope to be able to offer in-home pet sitting soon.

What happens during a dog walk?

Our walks are paced after your dog’s speed. We will follow a route they lead us on, but will also take them on new routes so they can experience new smells. At the end of the walk we will spend a few minutes inside making sure they have fresh water and giving some love and pets before heading out. Our dog walkers will follow any commands your dog is used too and follow safety precautions avoiding all other dogs. 
At the end of each visit you’ll get a report sent through our portal with photos, a note of how the walk went and anything else important you’d need to know, and a checklist of everything that happened during the visit (bringing in packages, if the dog did their business, if we gave them treats etc). 

What happens during a pet sitting visit?

Pet sitting visits are catered to your pet’s needs. Through our online portal you will be able to note all of your pet’s feeding and medication routines. If you have a dog the visit will always include yard time or a short walk. If you have cats we will scoop litter at least once a day as well. After we make sure everyone has food and fresh water the remaining time is spent cuddling and/or playing with your pets. 

After each visit you’ll also receive a report with photos, a note about what happened during the visit, and a checklist of everything we did (feeding, medications, watering plants, bringing trash bins to the curb). 

What are your service areas?
Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti: 48103, 48104, 48105, 48109, 48197, 48198.
What kind of pets do you care for?
We have a team of pet sitters specifically for cats. We know not everyone is a cat person so to make sure your cat is getting the best care possible we hired only cat people.
But don’t worry, we take care of a lot of other animals too. Dogs, fish, turtles, backyard chickens, rabbits, and other pocket pets. Have other pets? Reach out and we will do our best!
Can I book directly with my sitter?
No. Booking directly with your sitter is a breach of contract and does not leave you covered under our liability insurance. All communication is through Time to Pet.
I work from home, why do I need to hire someone?

Great question! The easiest one to start with is you might have meetings you can’t get out of when your dog needs to go out. Especially without a fenced yard this can make planning your day difficult. 

If your pup has a lot of energy or requires a lot of attention, hiring a professional dog walker dog walker is a great solution. Your dog will love the routine of having their walker come each day (they often start to wait by the door or window waiting for us!), they get to build a new bond and friendship, and you can have a more relaxed day knowing your dog is getting the care they need. 

Let us pam-purr your pets!

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