Caroline, owner of Vale Pet Sitters says:
I have been a pet owner since childhood & spent my school and university holidays earning pocket money by looking after other people's animals, at first informally by dog walking, then by working in a kennels and cattery. I even spent my first student loan on a great dane puppy!
Since then, I have owned a number of (mainly rescue) animals including sheep, pigs, horses, dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, chickens, ducks, geese & bees. I have been looking after pets and farm sitting for friends and family for many years. Now, after a period looking after the deer in a local historic deer park, I decided to start my own business doing what I do best - taking care of and spending time with animals of all species, shapes & sizes.
As a family we currently have a lab x collie, three cats & two ponies, all rescue animals, plus a few chickens and ducks. We also have sheep and during the spring we generally end up helping out our local farmers by taking on a couple of orphan lambs. During the early summer it can be a little chaotic at the Longhouse with ducks, chickens, cats, dogs and lambs wandering in and out of the house!
As you can imagine, holidays have always been tricky to organise in a household with so many pets, so we genuinely understand our clients' concerns and requirements. Our ethos is to care for every animal as an individual and to treat him or her with as much love and attention as we do our own.
Vale Pet Sitters is a true family business with Caroline, her partner and her son Tom sharing your animals' care. We also have other colleagues who work with us on an "ad hoc" basis, all of whom have extensive livestock and/or pet experience. Whichever of us cares for your animals, you can be assured that we are all experienced animal owners and are fully trained, insured and vetted.
Having a number of staff means that we will never have to let you down when you have booked our services. Whilst the majority of the visits and walks will be undertaken by Caroline and Rory, all members of the team share our enthusiasm and love for animals of all shapes and sizes.
“Thanks for looking after the animals. It's the first time we've been able to relax on holiday, as we knew everyone would be ok. Thanks for dealing with Frank's insulin injections. He's a difficult cat at the best of times, so managing to do it without stress to you or him is a huge achievement."
Helen W, owner of Frank, Lily, Robbie, Midnight, Dai & Bryn
“Caroline has looked after my numerous & varied animals on many occasions. There are not many people I'd trust with my furry children but she certainly fits the bill and is always reliable, even at very short notice, especially during lambing time."
Mandy S., owner of horses, sheep, pigs, cats, dogs & assorted poultry!
Thank you so much for looking after Dougie on our wedding day in August. Thanks for your patience, reassurance and professionalism. You were fab with Dougie and it meant a lot to have him there. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend you!
Gemma & Kevin
Wedding package clients, summer 2016