Pet Sitter

Pet Sitting

A pet sitter is an animal lover who generously volunteers to take in one of our rescued dogs for a short period of time.

Locations:

  • La Paz, BCS, Mexico
  • San Diego, CA, USA
  • Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • Portland, OR, USA
  • Seattle, WA, USA
  • Vancouver, BC, Canada

Pet Sitting

Why pet sitting vs. fostering or short-term fostering?
  • We use pet sitters in La Paz, in the US, and Canada. In Spanish – there is no equivalent noun or verb for our word “foster.”
  • As a pet sitter, it is clear the dog is not yours to give away if someone wants to adopt it. Instead, adopters need to complete an application and go through our adoption process;
  • Baja Dogs helps those who rescue and foster dogs in their own homes until adopted. We do not recruit fosters so that a rescued dog can be “assigned” to them. There are too many stray dogs that need rescuing with unknown health and temperament history, too few fosters, and too many risks. We are not the replacement for the municipality with the governmental authority to pick up dogs and we do not have a shelter or place to put them after they have been picked up.
  • Pet sitting is generally very short-term, the dog is already in the process of being adopted or has been adopted and the pet sitter bridges the gap between the finalization of the adoption and the available transport.

You can learn more by reading the Pet Sitter FAQs or reviewing the Pet Sitter Reference Guide.

Key Responsibilities:

Responsibilities can vary depending on the length of the stay, the location, or the specific dog. Below are some of the responsibilities that may apply to your dog:

  • Transport the dog to and from adoption events, vet appointments, or other events as required;
  • Participate in obedience training at home and/or in classes, as required;
  • Report back to the Baja Dogs La Paz volunteers with information about the dog’s personality and behavior;
  • Speak with potential adopters to tell them about your dog and help assist the Adoption Coordinator to determine if they are a good match;
  • Feed, water, walk and exercise the dog;
  • Pick up the dog from the airport or previous leg of its journey or deliver to the dog to the adopter or next leg of the journey;
  • Assist with training such as house-training, crate training, leash training, as required and requested.
  • Following the protocols in the Pet Sitter Reference Guide.
Training:
  • Baja Dogs La Paz Volunteer Orientation
  • Transportation Team Guidebook training
  • On-the-job training
Qualifications:
  • Willingness to support the Baja Dogs La Paz mission.
  • Cell phone, charged, with Whatsapp for communication.
  • Punctuality for appointments and events.
  • Basic understanding of dog behavior that involves positive reinforcement (see Pet Sitter Reference Guide).
  • Successful completion of Baja Dogs La Paz Transportation Assistance Training Course.
  • Ability to work with the rest of the Baja Dogs team for the benefit of the dog.
Time Commitment:
  • Varies depending on the dog and the situation