Contract: Pet Sitting

The parties to this contract and agreement are:

Hereinafter referred to as “The Owner”


Hereinafter referred to as “The Sitter”

The parties choose the above stated addresses as their physical addresses at which legal proceedings may be instituted.

Whereas the Owner wishes to engage the Sitter and the Sitter agrees to undertake the services under the terms and provisions defined in this Pet Sitting Contract as well as the Client Profile and the Veterinary Release Form which shall all become part of this Contract. Any reference to pets in this contract shall refer to those specified on the Client Profile.

1. Relationship and Responsibilities

It is expressly understood that the Owner retains the services of the Sitter as an Independent Contractor and not as an employee. The Sitter shall be responsible for his/her insurance and all statutory declarations and payments with regard to income tax and VAT where applicable. The Sitter undertakes to perform the agreed-on services in an attentive, reliable and caring manner and the Owner undertakes to provide all necessary information to assist in this performance.

2. Compensation

and no deductions shall be made for the late departure or early return of the Owner.

2.2. Additional fees may include the purchase of necessary items for the care of the pet(s), including but not limited to pet food, litter or cleaning supplies, transportation, unexpected visits and emergency expenses for health care. The Sitter shall retain and submit receipts as proof of additional expenses.

shall be paid on collection of pet/s. 50% shall be made before service commences on stays of 4+ nights.

2.4. Collection after 12pm on last day of service incurs an additional charge of £10 (ten pounds).

2.5. Collection after 6pm on last day of service incurs an additional charge of £20 (twenty pounds).

2.5. Last Minute Bookings

2.5.1. Last Minute Bookings must be made at least 24 hours before the booking commences.

2.5.2. Last Minute Bookings made under 24 hours before the booking commences incur a one off £10 (ten pounds) charge, except in cases of severe weather, death in the family or a medical emergency.

3. Duration

3.2. The term of this Pet Sitting Contract may be extended if requested by the Owner and so accepted by the Sitter.

3.3. The onus shall be on the Owner to confirm his/her return and his/her availability to resume care of the property and pet(s) prior to the last day of this contract term failing which the Sitter may perform additional visits in the interest of the pet(s).

3.4. Any additional visits or duties shall be calculated at £20 per day

3.5. All the terms and conditions contained in this agreement shall be in full force and effect should the Owner wish to retain the services of the Pet Sitter for any other time periods not specified herein and shall constitute a valid authorization and agreement upon a telephonic or electronic reservation by the Owner.

4. Cancellation or Termination

4.1. Either party may terminate this Pet Sitting Contract a minimum of 48 (forty eight) hours prior to the first scheduled visit without incurring penalties or damages.

4.2. Failure by the Owner to cancel by giving the minimum notice required or any cancellation during recognized holiday periods will result in a 40% cancellation fee of the total amount due, unless such cancellation is caused by severe weather, death in the family or a medical emergency.

4.3. Where the Sitter as sole proprietor needs to cancel later than 36 hours prior to the Owner’s departure due to unforeseen circumstances, and a substitute Sitter has been found by the Owner, any difference in the fees charged shall be for the account of the Sitter.

4.4. Should any pet become aggressive or dangerous, the Sitter may:

4.4.1. Arrange with the pet’s Guardian to assume responsibility for the pet until the Owner’s return;

4.4.2. Place the pet into a kennel or animal care facility at the Owner’s expense if the Guardian is unable or unwilling to assume responsibility for the pet.

4.4.3. In either event as described in 4.4.1. and 4.4.2. above, this contract shall be deemed terminated unless the Sitter agrees to continue with other home caring duties and/or caring for other listed pets at no reduction in compensation.

4.5. Any wrongful or misleading information in the Client Profile may constitute a breach of terms of this Pet Sitting Contract and be grounds for instant termination thereof.

4.6. Termination under the circumstances described in 4.4 or 4.5 above shall not entitle the Owner to any refunds nor relief of any outstanding payments due.

5. Liability

5.1. The Sitter will carry liability insurance relative to the services performed for the Owner. A copy of the insurance policy has been made available to the Owner and the Owner acknowledges that he/she is familiar with its content.

5.2. The Sitter accepts no liability for any breach of security or loss of or damage to the Owner’s property if any other person has access to the property during the term of this agreement.

5.3. The Sitter shall not be liable for any mishap of whatsoever nature which may befall a pet or caused by a pet who has unsupervised access to the outdoors.

5.4. The Owner shall be liable for all medical expenses and damages resulting from an injury to the Sitter caused by the pet as well as damage to the Owner’s property.

5.5. The Sitter is released from all liability related to transporting pet(s) to and from any veterinary clinic or kennel, the medical treatment of the pet(s) and the expense thereof.

6. Indemnification

The parties agree to indemnify and hold harmless each other as well as respective employees, successors and assigns from any and all claims arising from either party’s willful or negligent conduct.

7. Emergencies

In the event of an emergency, the Sitter shall contact the Owner at the numbers provided to confirm the Owner’s choice of action. If the Owner cannot be reached timeously, the Sitter is authorized to:

7.1. Transport the pet(s) to the listed veterinarian;

7.2. Request on-site treatment from a veterinarian;

7.3. Transport the pet(s) to an emergency clinic if the previous two options are not feasible.

8. Security

The Sitter warrants to keep safe and confidential all keys, remote control entry devices, access codes and personal information of the Owner and to return same to the Owner at the end of the contract period or immediately on demand.

9. Relaxation of Terms

No relaxation, indulgence, waiver or release by any party of any of the rights in terms of this Pet Sitting Contract on one occasion shall prevent the subsequent enforcement of such rights and shall not be deemed to be a waiver of any subsequent breach of any of the terms.

10. Whole Agreement

This Pet Sitting Contract, Client Profile and the Veterinary Release Form attached constitute the sole and entire agreement between the parties with regard to the subject matter hereof and the parties waive the right to rely on any alleged expressed or implied provision not contained therein. Any alteration to this agreement must be in writing and signed by both parties.

11. Assignment

No party may assign any of its rights or delegate or assign any of its obligations in terms of this Pet Sitting Contract without the prior written consent of the other party, except if inclement weather or a bona fide emergency prohibits the Sitter from fulfilling his/her duties in which event the pet’s Guardian may be called upon to care for the pet(s).

12. General

The parties agree that any or all parts of this agreement may be submitted to the other party in legible and recordable electronic form and upon acknowledgement of receipt by the receiving party shall become valid parts of the agreement.

Paragraph headings are for convenience of reference only and are not intended to have any effect in the interpretation or determining of rights or obligations under this agreement.

Where appropriate words signifying one gender shall include the other and words signifying the singular shall include the plural and vice versa.