Love pets? Love travel? Then you're going to love TrustedHousesitters... Find out more!

TrustedHousesitters is an online community of pet lovers helping each other travel the world, enjoying unique experiences, while saving money.  

We provide a simple solution to a universal problem, what to do with your home and pets when going away?  We help connect home and pet owners who need a sitter with trustworthy people who want to house sit; reliable pet lovers and experienced home minders who are happy to travel to your home and look after it while you’re away, for free.  

Key milestones achieved since the site was launched:

  • Bootstrapped and growing - with the business nearly doubling year on year
  • Facilitated over 1,000,000 nights of house and pet sitting globally
  • Expanded our global reach with members in over 140 countries - our key markets being UK, USA, Canada and Australasia
  • 600,000 site visits per month
  • 9.7 / 10 rating on TrustPilot with 1,800 independent consumer reviews
  • First digital pet-sitting partnership with animal charity, RSPCA

Accolades / Awards:

  • Nominated for a Webby Award (“The Internet’s Highest Honour” - The New York Times) for Best Community Website 2016
  • Website of the Year 2015 - GoodWebGuide Awards
  • The Trust Awards - Most Trusted On-line Business, Most Trusted Customer Service, UK & Australia 2015
  • Top 50 Most Disruptive Businesses 2015 - Real Business Magazine
  • Best Technology Business - Brighton, Tech City Awards 2015 
  • Featured in global media including the BBC, ABC World News America, The Sunday Times, Daily Telegraph, Sydney Morning Herald etc 

A fun fact!  

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How TrustedHousesitters started... 

Andy Peck, Founder of TrustedHousesitters, discovered house sitting in 2010 when he cared for friend's dogs in a villa with a vineyard and pool in Galicia, Spain. Despite being wowed by the location, he was more taken aback by the extent of the difficulties pet owners face in finding ideal home and pet care when going away. 

Andy enjoyed downtime walking the dogs and particularly fell in love with the scruffiest dog, Dave. It was apparent that with house and pet sitting, you might arrive loving the location, but leave loving the pets more.

After speaking with other pet owners he knew there was a huge need for a comprehensive house sitting website. He recognised that the relationship between owners and sitters was far more effective when no money changed hands between them.  By providing a win-win for both sides of the network, deeper connections were made, as well as spurring a new trend in the way to travel.

Andy met his fiancé and co-founder Rachel soon after and, selling his car to buy round the world tickets to house and pet sit, they gleaned first-hand insights into pet owners’ needs while promoting the business along the way.

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Since then, they have grown rapidly to a 24 strong team based in Brighton, UK, with each new member of staff encouraged to experience house sitting for themselves to understand members’ needs and apply these to the website. 

How TrustedHousesitters works:

A subscription based model with annual fees of less than £80 for both home / pet owners and sitters which gives unlimited access to all available house sits and sitters.  A 24/7 TrustedHousesitters Vet Advice Line is included in the membership, which gives access to free advice from qualified vet nurses for both homeowners and their sitters.

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When sitters register they are encouraged to create a trust profile with detail including a criminal background check, third party references which can include character, employer, landlord and if they have any previous pet care experience.  They detail why they want to house sit, which countries they want to house sit in, photos, video profiles and are provided with feedback/ ratings given by pet owners from sits arranged through the site. 

Example of a house sitters profile:

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A daily email with the latest sits is sent to registered users for the countries of interest, who apply securely through the website to homeowners.

A little taster...

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Why TrustedHousesitters works…

…For Home & Pet Owners

  • Vets agree pets are happier at home, in their own bed when owners can’t be there
  • Kennels out of favour and lots of pets you just can’t kennel
  • Pet boarding and sitters can be expensive and adds up when going away on holiday
  • No need to ask reluctant friends and family….again
  • Perfect for expats, especially in countries where pet care is virtually non-existent and home security, if empty, can be an issue
  • Enjoy peace of mind, knowing their pets are lovingly cared for by a pet lover they choose
  • Home, garden and plants also looked after for free

…For House Sitters:

  • Enjoy unique experiences, living like a local and being part of a community
  • Companionship of animals / pets when you travel / holiday
  • Popular with retirees (our largest user group) living their travel dreams and making funds stretch further
  • Visiting friends and family - great for visiting a son /grandson who lives at University / abroad
  • Ideal for solo travellers to enjoy companionship of a pet and save on single supplements
  • Great for digital nomads who can work from anywhere, enjoy inspiring locations and a home environment
  • Perfect for families as a way to beat holiday price hikes with a ready-made family home complete with toys, sports gear and of course pets

Please vote for us today so we can be in with an opportunity to Pitch to Rich - your vote could help keep even more pets stay happy at home, in their own beds, when owners can't be there... thank you!

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