Make Money as a Pet Sitter

Make Money as a Pet Sitter

Have you ever thought it would be nice to be your own boss?  Yes, starting a business can be expensive and risky, but what if you really could set your pay rate, determine your own schedule, and not deal with the hassle of getting a new business off the ground?  There’s a growing community of people across the country who are making a go out of pet sitting as a business with  Some are treating it as a side business and others as a full-time venture.  Either way, pet sitting has gone beyond your childhood days of making a few bucks watching your neighbour’s dog.  

How’s this possible?  

Becoming a pet sitter with means you belong to a community of pet sitters who reap the benefits of living under the umbrella of a supportive company.  Here’s what this includes:

Small Corgi walking along a brick path with the wording under Make Money as a Pet Sitter

  • Rover is an online platform that actively promotes the pet care services of its pet sitters across the country.  It’s available to pet owners in any location where a pet sitter lives.  You can live anywhere, work locally, and set up your preferences regarding how far you’ll travel.  If you’re moving, take your business with you.
  • Your pet sitting business is your own, so you set your pay rate, pet care services, and your schedule.  If you don’t want to work the weekends, don’t schedule yourself.  If you’ve got a full-time job, set your availability to accommodate your life.  If you’re free to make as much money as you like, offer a wide range of pet care services at a competitive rate with a wide-open schedule.
  • There are no start-up costs.  Unless you want to buy a bag of treats and carry a spare leash in your car, there’s nothing you need to purchase in preparation for scheduling clients.  In addition, you don’t need to worry about insurance.  Rover provides premium insurance and 24/7 support while you’re pet sitting including vet assistance.
  • If and when you’re ready to grow your business, Rover provides educational resources for you to expand.

There are more benefits than simply being the boss and making extra cash.  It’s fun!  Your clients are dogs and cats, and they’re excited when you walk in the door because it’s either time to eat or time to play.  Every treat you give is rewarded with pure puppy love.  Plus, don’t plan on making any more resolutions to get a gym membership because dog walking can be your new exercise routine.  Take the big dogs for a run, and let the little dogs chase you around the dog park.  

If you’re ready to get started or learn more about becoming a pet sitter, visit  

Written by Tracy Vicory-Rosenquest, community member. Rover is the nation's largest network of 5-star pet sitters and dog walkers.

*This is a collaborative post.

This article has 33 comments

  1. Stacie

    I think being a petsitter would be so much fun for any animal lover! I mean, you just play with animals all day!

  2. Lindsey Stuart

    My dream job! I just adore animals. They all deserve to be looked after.

  3. Bill Sweeney sounds like a great opportunity. I see it as not as a benefit for dog owners, but for people who love dogs, and want to make a career of it.

  4. Liz Mays

    I can see this being a good extra way to make money and spend time doing what you love. There are tons of people who need these services.

  5. Ashleigh Allan

    Sounds a great opportunity

  6. Rachel Craig

    Sounds like a good idea.

  7. Lula Mercer

    Sounds like a brilliant idea!

  8. Kristi

    My daughter loves dogs but we don’t have time for one. This would be a great idea for us, we could sign up and offer to watch others when i know we have the time.

  9. Forever Green Mom

    I have a pet sitter that I use. Not often, but when we do use her, she’s very reliable. I’ve heard of Rover and even have used them once or twice. I like them.

  10. Sara Welch

    I wish I had the availability to do this. I would love to do this on the side.

  11. Amy Desrosiers

    I was hoping one of my kids could do this as a first job. They love pets and would make good little sitters.

  12. Theresa

    I haven’t heard of Rover before, but I am in need of a reliable pet sitter for when we go on little trips here and there. I’ll be sure to check them out!

  13. Pam

    My daughter’s best friend was wanting to become a pet sitter. I’ll have to send her this post.

  14. Marissa Zurfluh

    I love animals so much. I would really have a great time doing this.

  15. Tonya

    This sounds like a great way for someone who loves pets to make extra money.

  16. Travel Blogger

    This is really a great idea! With two kids, I would love to make a little extra money, and this way I could make my own schedule. Plus, there is no start up fee. How great is that!?

  17. Our Family World

    This is a great income opportunity for pet lovers. I would love to participate in a program like this if I had the extra time. I will let my sons know about this. Maybe they’d be interested to do this to earn extra during school break.

  18. Toni | Boulder Locavore

    This sounds like a great opportunity for pet lovers! My daughter will surely be interested in checking this out!

  19. ROsey

    My son and his wife tried this at one point. They didn’t have that community umbrella you are talking about. What a great thing to have!

  20. AnnMarie John

    That would be a great way to earn money especially this season! I’ve never heard of the website before but it’s really perfect for pet lovers!

  21. Brianne

    My friend pet sits for us all the time. I think this is such a great gig for a pet lover!

  22. Carol Cassara

    I love animals, especially cats and dogs and it would be so nice to do this on the side if I had time for it! I think it’s a lovely platform that pet owners and pet lovers can use!

  23. Rachel Ferrucci

    I know some people who use Rover and they love it. I also know people who would make great pet sitters. I bet that’s a fun job!

  24. Shannon Gurnee

    I know people who pet sit for my parents when they’re out of town. They love their job and their pets love the attention when my parents aren’t there.

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