First and foremost be CAREFUL. Rabies is a problem in New Hampshire. It is also illegal to possess wild animals in the state of New Hampshire. However, if you need information here are some websites. Click on highlighted/underlined text to go to the website.
What do you do first if you find a wild animal? (click here to learn what to do first)
If the animal is injured Bedford Animal Hospital and Merrimack Animal Hospital have wildlife rehabilitators working there and can help the injured animal immediately. CALL FIRST, do not just show up at the hospital.
What do you do if you find a baby…….(click below for information on specific animals)
- Squirrel ,
- Squirrel Rehab
- Wild Rabbit
- Orphaned Baby Bunnies
- Wildlife Rescue & Rehab
If you are looking for wild life rehabilitators in New Hampshire, be aware that all are required to be licensed by the NH Fish & Game. However, it is all volunteers. These volunteers use their own time, money and vehicles to care for all wildlife. So be patient for return calls. Since there are few volunteers to cover the entire state of New Hampshire, these rehabbers become filled to capacity VERY fast.
Click here for a list of NH Wild Life Rehabilitators .
Dori (owner of Prof. Pet Sitting Etc.) was a licensed wildlife rehabilitator for NH for over 20 years.
If you can dedicate time and space to helping the babies, please do. It is very rewarding and much needed.
Wildlife rehabilitators are needed in New Hampshire
- Contact NH Fish & Game at 271-3127 if you wish to become a licensed NH Wildlife Rehabilitator
- What is a wild life rehabber?
- National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association
for You, Your Pets & Family
written and compiled by Dorinne Whynott,
In the past decade, it has been scary with all the hurricanes, tsunamis, floods, fires and earthquakes. These are big enough reasons to warrant an evacuation, but there are smaller reasons, too. You could have a house fire or if you live near a train track or a highway, there could be an accident with one of the vehicles carrying hazardous material, there could be work done on a home near you and someone accidentally hits a gas line. We all live within a few hundred miles from a nuclear plant or there is the possibility of a biological and/or terrorist attack. In Nashua, a few years ago, some were evacuated from their homes when there was a chemical problem in a plant in the southern part of the city. Spring of 2006 brought drought and dry conditions, starting wildfires to many NH towns and then there was the Mother’s Day floods.
If you ever need to be evacuated, DO NOT LEAVE YOUR PETS BEHIND. If it is unsafe for you, it is unsafe for them. Even if you are told you will be back in a few hours, take your pets. Once you are evacuated, you will NOT be allowed back into the affected areas and there is always the possibility of the disaster becoming worse. Survival of you, your family and pets goes up dramatically if you are prepared, so here are some tips and information collected from The American Humane Association, Humane Society of the United States, Emergency Animal Rescue Service, The ASPCA, and The American Red Cross. If you would like further information please contact these organizations, (contact information located at the end of this document).
Disasters can happen at anytime and anywhere. In a disaster, roads may be out, cell towers may be down, phone lines and electricity may be stopped so do not depend on these. Cells phones are always a good idea, however, it is also advisable to have a corded phone, so in the case of no electricity and no cell phone, you will still have a phone line in case of emergency. When a disaster strikes, you may not have much time to respond so please be proactive. Prepare BEFORE a disaster. Hopefully, you will never have to experience a disaster, but the probability is that you will at some point in your life, being prepared will help in a very hard stressful situation. As we saw in New Orleans, it is best to not rely on state or federal government for all your needs.
Think about what you would do if you had to live in your home during a disaster. What would you do for food? Water? What if you had no electricity? No heat? What if there were no gas available? No propane? No Oil? What would you do if the outside air was contaminated? How would you seal your home? What if you had to stay in your home for 4 – 6 weeks? Okay, this sounds drastic, but what if? When the planes hit the towers, what did you think? I thought we were at war. What if the scenario of the TV series “Jericho” were a reality? One day you are living your life as you have always done, and then within minutes life as you know it changes. All I am suggesting, is to think about these things, prepare for as much or as little as you feel comfortable to protect you, your family and your pets. I am giving you suggestions that can apply if you are contained in your home and/or if you are evacuated from your home. Of course, if you can stay in your home, you can prepare with more food, water, etc, then if you must leave and pack things in your vehicle. You will need to decide before hand, what would you bring and not bring if you must leave. So, here are some ideas.
Create a Family Disaster Plan
- Contact your local emergency management or civil defense office and your local American Red Cross Chapter. Find out which disasters are most likely to happen in your community. Ask how you would be warned. Find out how to prepare for each. Ask the American Red Cross for a brochure on “Your Family Disaster Supplies Kit”. Click on Making a Disaster Kit for more information.
· Meet with your family. Discuss the types of disasters that could occur. Explain how to prepare and respond. Discuss what to do if you need to evacuate. Practice what you have discussed.
- Plan how your family will stay in contact if separated. Pick two meeting places: 1. a location a safe distance from your home in case of fire 2. a place outside your neighborhood in case you can not return home. Also, choose an out-of-state friend as a “check-in contact” for everyone to call if a disaster you.
- Complete the following: Post emergency numbers by every phone and put these numbers in wallets and pocketbooks to go with you. Show responsible family members how and when to shut off water, gas and electricity main switches. If you ever go away post this information in a visible place. Make a map of your house as to where these are.
- Keep gas tanks in vehicles full at all times, Stock pantries of canned goods (One month’s supply is best), keep cash on hand, keep plastic gloves and masks (boxes marked N95 or N100, can be purchased at drug stores and also used around home when using chemicals, painting, etc.) for disease control and if air is contaminated. If a disaster hits, gas, food, and other necessary items will be in short supply and banks will be closed.
- Post Pet Rescue Stickers on each door. They must be easily visible to rescue workers and must contain the types and number of pets inside, the name of your veterinarian and phone number, your phone numbers (cell, work, emergency) and emergency person’s phone numbers. Professional Pet Sitting Etc. does have Pet Rescue window clings for sale.
- Install fire/smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors on each level of your home, especially near bedrooms, test monthly and change the batteries two times each year (an easy way to remember is to change batteries when the clocks are changed in spring and fall). It is also recommended to replace these devices every FIVE years. Another recommendation is to buy devices that communicate with each other, so if the one in the basement goes off, the others sound also and say the room of the unit that is sending the alarm.
- Contact your local fire department to learn about fire hazards. Have your home inspected for fire hazards and repair, also have your fire extinguishers checked. If you can afford to equip your home with a fire sprinkler system, these systems can extinguish a fire within minutes and keep damage to a minimum.
- Learn first aid and CPR (for people and pets), you can contact your local American Red Cross for information and training. Click here for Pet First Aid Video.
- Meet with your neighbors. Plan how the neighborhood could work together after a disaster. Know your neighbors’ skills (medical, technical). Consider how you could help your neighbors who have special needs, such as elderly, disabled persons and neighborhood pets. Make plans for child care AND pet care in case you can not get home.
- Always bring pets indoors at the first sign or warning of a storm or disaster. Pets can become stressed, disoriented and wander away from home during a crisis.
REMEMBER TO PRACTICE AND MAINTAIN YOUR PLANS.
The federal government has passed the PETS ACT, basically stating that each state must include pets in there disaster response plans. The following is a compilation of pet disaster preparedness from the American Humane Association, Humane Society of the United States, Emergency Animal Rescue Service, and the American SPCA:
Where could you go?
- Know where you can go with your family and your pets BEFORE anything happens. Evacuation shelters will not allow animals, so it is up to you to know where to go.
- Call hotels in and out of state. Go to the book store, there are books that list pet friendly hotels. Ask hotels with a “no pet policy” if that would be waived in the event of an emergency (A great source is the web site Pets Welcome).
- Keep a list of pet friendly places and their phone numbers.
- As soon as you hear that there may be an evacuation, call and make reservations and go as soon as possible. These hotels will book fast. Most operate on a first come, first served basis. Be one of the first to arrive and give your pets plenty of time to settle.
- If your pet is not used to traveling, take them for short rides in the car now, it will help them in a time of crisis and when they are going to regular check up.
- If they are not used to being crated/caged, again now is the time to get them used to it by feeding them in their crate/cage and leave the doors open, gradually get them used to staying in their crates for periods of time. If pets are not used to leashes, collars, harnesses (especially cats), it is advisable to accustom your pet to these also. If you have a pet that does not have some basic obedience training, or your pet is not used to strangers, etc., work on these now. Not only will it be a better life for you and your pets working with them to being comfortable in these situations in case of a disaster, but everyone will be able to live better at home if there were no disaster also. Again, helping your pets now, will help you and them later.
- Contact your veterinarian or pet professional for a list of emergency animal shelters. Click here to view many shelters in NH.
- Check with your local animal welfare shelter to determine if they provide emergency shelter or foster care for pets. Animal shelters may be over burdened caring for the animals they already have, as well as those displaced by disaster, so this should be your last resort.
- Ask friends and relatives outside your immediate area if they would be willing to take in you and your pets in a disaster. If you have more than one pet, they may be more comfortable if kept together, but be prepared to house them separately.
- Choose a Designated Caregiver. This is best when you take considerable time and thought. You should make plans for a temporary home for your pets in the event of an emergency (and you may need to make arrangements for a permanent home in the event you can no longer care for your pet, if you become incapacitated or worse).
- If you have not prepared a will and a trust, now is the time to do this. If you already have a will and a trust and your pets are not included, this may also be the time that you consider adding your pets to your wills and trusts if something should happen to you. Unlike a will, a trust provides for your pet immediately, and can apply not only if you die but if you become disabled (call your wills & trust lawyer for more information).
- Professional Pet Sitting Etc. and Dori have been placed in quite a few trusts by their clients to be notified in case of an owner’s passing to care for pets until they go to the prearranged home in the trust, or they have entrusted the company to find a permanent home.
Make a Disaster Emergency Kit
- Make an emergency kit (make a kit for you, a kit for your cat, and a kit for your dogs) and put everything in a plastic container, ready to go at a moments notice. You can use water proof luggage, duffel bags, Rubbermaid storage containers, trash cans, etc. Remember that no one can predict mother nature, you may be evacuated much longer than you originally thought, so pack for an extended stay. If you do not need everything you bring, great, save it for the next time.
- Make a list of items (not in your emergency kit like photos, your grandmother’s ring, etc.) you want to take or itemize what you may need to do for the emergency and post it on the inside of your bedroom door. Purchase an inexpensive lockbox or a small fire proof safe to place these important items in. If you need to leave you can bring this with you. Making your list ahead and having these important items in an easily accessible place will ensure that you won’t be scrambling when disaster happens. It is best to prepare this list when you are calm and over a period of time with much thought. You will not be able to think of everything in a crisis. Practice time (how long it takes you to do everything from packing the car to actually driving away), in many cases you are only given 15 minutes to 24 hours to evacuate.
- Now is the time to check what you have for insurance on your home and belongings. Make sure that you have guaranteed replacement” if your home and belongings are completely destroyed. Also ask about inflation in rebuilding, etc. It is advisable to take pictures of your home inside and out. Take pictures of each room, include all your belongings and if possible, write down an inventory.
- Scan all photos (personal and for insurance) and place on a CD, put family videos on DVD, make a list of all bank numbers, credit card numbers, include institutions phone numbers, all important documents (home mortgage, insurance – life, house, health, passports, etc.
- For all important documents, photos, CDs, DVDs, etc. if you can make three copies of each, and place one copy with a trusted friend or family member, second copy in a bank security box with the third (or originals ) with you. This way if anything ever happened you will have access to this important information (and memories), one way or another if one or two are unavailable.
- If you ever need to be evacuated due to unsafe conditions – anything can happen. Everything could be fine and you can return to your everything could go very wrong and everything in a 5 mile radius could be completely destroyed. So when you plan, plan for the worst. When you evacuate, you will not be able to bring everything you have stored for a disaster. It is just not feasible to bring everything, so you need to decide when you are calm and not in a disastrous situation (in a trauma situation, we may not make wise thought out choices) what is important to bring and what you must leave behind.
- It is recommended by all sources to have a supply of food and water for pets and people and medications if needed. One month’s supply is best.
- Canned food stores best but rotate cans using the oldest and replacing with new. Buy flip top cans or keep a manual can opener (in case of no electricity).
- Keep dry pet food in airtight containers (never leave dry pet food in bags on concrete, as concrete depletes nutrients and moisture through the bag). Also, check these plastic containers to make sure they are “food quality” containers. Many plastics leach chemicals into food products that are not good for consumption.
- Have extra bowls (disposable bowls or paper plates do not have to be cleaned between uses, so you do not use up much needed water).
- Make sure that you have spoons for mixing food, disposable is good.
- Buy a small grill with a supply of charcoal to cook with, in case you lose electricity. Gas grills are great, however, keep an extra full propane tank. Also keep in mind if you could not obtain more gas/propane.
- It is recommended 2 gallons per person per day, 1 gallon per pet per day, One month’s supply is best. This is a lot of water, so at the first sign of disaster fill empty containers and tubs.
- If tap water is unsuitable for human consumption then it is unsuitable for animal consumption.
- Store drinking water in tightly sealed plastic containers.
- Do not store water in direct sunlight (will grow algae). Rotate water every 2-6 months.
- Have extra water and bowls/bottles on hand for pets.
- The best situation is for you and your family to be in your home together, self contained. Check into alternative energies – solar, wind. There are many solar products to produce energy to run household items. Some items to have on hand – solar and/or battery powered lights, emergency TV/radio to keep up to date on information, CB radios may come in handy also.
- If you must leave your home, the best situation is for your family and pets to stay together. If your pets can not stay where your family is staying, spend as much time with them as possible. This will keep them calm and prevent others from bothering your pets. KEEP IN MIND – pets have been stolen in a crisis situation.
- Purchase wire collapsible cages to house cats and small dogs (and other small pets). Make sure it is large enough to put a litterbox, food, water and a small area for the pet to sleep (this will help if you need to keep the pets contained).
- Each carrier should be labeled with pets inside, owner information & numbers, general care and vaccine history. Keep copies of medical records in safe dry container with pets, a copy with you and a third copy in a safe place.
- To help keep a pet calm, bring a blanket to cover the cage.
- Also, bring a lock to lock the cage door so that the door can not accidentally come open by accident or by curious people if you are in a shelter (a combination lock is best, keys can become lost or misplaced).
- Bring a harness and leash for exercising pets out side of the cage.
- Bring extra collars, harnesses, and leashes and a portable tie out if needed (never leave your pet unsupervised when out of carriers).
- Bring pet beds and toys if they are easily transportable and there is room, especially if they can help keep your pet happy and calm.
- Make sure pets have access to water – obtain a good quality water bottle made for carriers (bowls can be tipped over and create a mess).
- Try to keep to some schedule for feeding and exercising.
- Be aware of temperatures where your pets are housed – it should not be too hot or too cold.
- If you are evacuated bring a small container of dish soap and disinfectant (Purelle).
- Bring a minimum of FOUR rolls of paper towels (more if space allows), small bags to dispose of waste, Litter scoops, pooper scoopers, litterboxes (bring extra disposable litterboxes , aluminum roasting pans work great).
- Bring enough litter, One month’s supply is best (try to use less than you normally would).
- Have a human first aid kit (Pre-made kits& MORE )and a first aid kit & book for your animals. Pre-assembled animal & human first aid kits can be purchased or go to one of the organizations at the end of this article and ask for a list of items to make your own –
- During or after a disaster and in high stress, a pet’s behavior can temporarily change, packing a muzzle is a good idea in case behavior becomes less than desirable, plus your pet may be in close quarters with other pets and may be cared for by people they do not know (especially if something happens to you).
- If your pet is stressed and does not travel well or hates unfamiliar surroundings, talk with your veterinarian about possibilities of medications to keep on hand in an emergency.
- Have any long term medications, for you or your pets. One month’s supply is best.
- If you have any medical conditions that others should be aware of, wear a medical alert bracelet so that people will know if you can not speak for any reason.
- If your animal is on a long term medication or has a medical condition (allergies, diabetic, kidney failure, FIP, etc.), have a tag made indicating this and put it on your animal’s collar (same idea as an alert bracelet for people).
- Also check out the Health section below for more information
- Have a collar and ID tag for any animal that can wear them (remember to include the above medical conditions).
- Use safe break away collars for cats. All cats (and dogs) should have collars and ID and be used to wearing them all of the time.
- On the collar and/or tag include your name, home phone number, an alternate phone number and your address.
- Another permanent form of ID, which can be used in addition to a collar and tag is micro chipping, in case collars and tags fall off. Check with Animal Shelters or your Veterinarian.
- Attach a temporary tag with the phone number and address of your temporary shelter (if you know it), or of a friend or relative outside buy temporary tags that you can write on and set them aside in your disaster kit. Another good idea when you are traveling or visiting with your pet, attach this temporary tag with the temporary vacation information, just in case your pet gets loose.
- Have multiple copies of current (within 6 months) photos of your animals to help locate them should they get lost.
- Include yourself in some photos as proof of ownership.
- As stated above, take photos of your house and belongings inside and out for insurance. Put all photos (personal and insurance) on CDs. Put all taped memories on DVDs. Make three copies of everything, one copy to a trusted friend or family member, one copy in a bank security box and the third copy with you. That way, no matter what happens, you will never lose your memories and have necessary proof for insurance to start your life again if everything becomes destroyed.
- Make a medical sheet for each member of the family, include things such as blood type, surgeries, dates and type of vaccinations (include all childhood & adult vaccines received), any known allergies, all medications being taken, any surgeries and/or medical conditions, list last few readings for blood pressure, etc. This will help medical personnel if you needed medical care in the event of a disaster, if you could not speak and access to your medical history was not available. This information is required to be carried on each person who does disaster response. It may come in handy for each person to have, just in case.
- Check with your doctor about any vaccinations that may need to be updated. Some childhood vaccinations that you have received as a child, may need to be boostered as an adult. Adult Vaccine Schedule
- Do a similar medical sheet for each pet
- Keep your pets’ vaccinations current. This will protect them if they need to be housed with other animals. Keep a notebook with all medical records ready to go. You may need to show proof of vaccinations.
- It is advisable to keep all important paperwork in water proof containers (Ziploc bags or plastic container).
- In the event you are unavailable for pet care for whatever reason – It is also advisable to leave information on pets’ crate for feeding schedules, behavior problems, and a written permission slip for the pet caregiver to obtain medical for your pet in the event of a medical emergency (you may need to include a credit card number and expiration date with your signature just in case the emergency veterinarian will not treat if there is not a financially responsible party – this can be tricky because you do not want your CC information in the wrong hands).
- Bring grooming items, grooming helps calm some pets and will help pets that easily mat.
What happens if you are not home at the time of a disaster?
- You should choose someone who lives within walking distance to your home to check on and care for your pets. They may also need to transport your pets to safety.
- They should have a key to your home (or access 24/7)and know where carriers are and your disaster/emergency care box is, so they can grab and go. Key lockboxes attach to your home, open with a code (can be changed as often as you wish) and are a great way to have emergency access to your home with a phone call to whoever you feel comfortable without having many keys out and about. (Key lockboxes are sold by Prof. Pet Sitting Etc.)
- If you have a pet sitter or another company caring for your pet, do not rely on them. A good pet care company will have asked you for a person you trust close by to care for your pets in the event of an emergency. A pet care company may not live close to your home and they may need to evacuate themselves along with many other clients’ pets. It is always best to have a back up person within walking distance to your home. This person must be within walking distance because if your neighborhood is evacuated, no one from outside the area will be allowed in the evacuated neighborhood.
- Have your person meet you in a prearranged location to obtain your pets if they needed to be evacuated when you were not home.
What about pets other than cats or dogs?
- Most of the suggestions above are pertaining to dogs and cats. Horses, livestock, small pets, reptiles, birds, etc. all have special needs. Be prepared for their care. Also, remember that all pets will react very differently under stress. Outside your home and in your car, ALWAYS keep dogs securely leashed and transport all cats in carriers. Do not leave pets unattended anywhere. Even the most trustworthy pets may panic, hide, try to escape, or even bite and scratch. Being prepared can save your life and the life of your pets.
- Hooved animals can be identified by taking a permanent marker to the hooves. Write your phone number, so when found you can be notified.
- Take off all halters, leads, blankets. In a weather disaster, these things can get caught or entangled, possibly injuring your animals. In a fire disaster, they can catch fire or melt into the animals’ skin.
- Leave gates and doors open to give them the best chance, depending on the disaster. However, take care, because your animals running loose can also pose a problem. Whenever, possible, it is best to transport them to safety outside of the disaster area before evacuation is imminent.
What about other emergencies such as a Pandemic like the Bird (Avian) Flu?
- According to Dr. Michael Osterholm as seen on the Oprah Show airing 1-24-06 (contact Harpo or go to Oprah.com for more information), it is not a question of if a pandemic of some sort will happen it is when. He states:
- You should have enough food, water, medications and all essentials for you and your pets to stay in your homes, (not leaving for any reason) for up to 5 WEEKS.
- If you need to leave your home while the virus is in the air, purchase special masks with air filters to screen out Avian Flu germs.
- Purchase plastic and duct tape to cover windows, doors and vents. Ahead of time, cut to fit each opening and store. This is to seal your home, to prevent the air born virus from coming into your home.
- During and pandemic, wash hands at every opportunity.
- You may consider getting vaccinated for pneumonia (Pneumovax). Most people who die from the Avian flu, died with pneumonia. The vaccine would be given to you now and then you are revaccinated at age 65 (check with your doctor).
- It is also advised to become vaccinated every year with the flu vaccine. Some experts believe that the Avian Flu will mutate to a humane form when a human that already has the flu also becomes infected with the Avian flu simultaneously.
So to recap:
At the first hint of disaster, act to protect you, your family and your pet.
- Leave early -don’t wait for a mandatory evacuation order. An unnecessary trip is far better than waiting too long to leave safely with your pets.
- Call ahead to confirm emergency shelter arrangements.
- Check to be sure your pet disaster supplies (including food, water, medications and other essentials) are ready at a moment’s notice.
- Bring all pets into the house so that you won’t have to search for them if you need to leave in a hurry.
- Make sure that all pets have collars, ID and medical information, and temporary tag with temporary information.
For more information on Disaster Planning click on or contact:
- The American Red Cross,
- Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) 1-800-745-0243
- FEMA Information for Pet Owners
- Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) 1-301-258-3010
- Red Rover Responders ( formerly EARS) 1-916-429-2457
- American Humane Association 1-800-227-4645
- ASPCA: Animed, Preparing for Disasters
- or contact Dorinne Whynott at Professional Pet Sitting Etc. 1-603-888-8088, www.profpetsit.com. you can also go to our website
Dorinne Whynott has been in animal welfare since 1978, is the owner of Professional Pet Sitting Etc., the founder of the Animal Care and Education Center of New Hampshire, the Animal Angels Network, the NH Pet Sitters’ Association and a co-founder of the NH Pet Expo.
Ms. Whynott is certified for Animal Disaster Response by the American Humane Association, Humane Society of the United States and FEMA. She is also the head of the response team in Hillsborough County for the NH Animal Disaster Response Team (NHDART).
If you are interested in becoming part of the NH Animal Disaster Response Team (NHDART), go to the website or contact our office at 603-888-8088, we will give you information on where to go and what you need to do.
Misc. Pet Care Information
Check out our Blog Articles for more information
FREE ANIMAL POISON CONTROL NUMBERS:
Kansas State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital 1-785-532-5679
FREE 24 hours poison control hot line for pet owners and veterinarians. Be patient. The person answering the phone may have to take a few minutes to consult the vet on duty. …
Tuft University School of Veterinary Medicine 508-839-5395
ADOPT, ADOPT, ADOPT.
Please go to an Animal Shelter or Rescue League and adopt. There are millions of animal euthanized EVERY year, simply because there are not enough homes. So, please neuter your pets and adopt. Please go to our Resource section (click on to go there), to find a complete list of all animal welfare organizations in the new Hampshire area.
Great Animal Resource –
is the website ASPCA Virtual Pet Behaviorist a division of the ASPCA. Just click on anything from cat to horses.
Leaving your pet in the car –
Many pet owners love to bring their pets with them on a car ride, whether they are going to the store or traveling. However, when the weather is wonderful and the temperature starts to go up, it can be VERY DANGEROUS for your pets. If the temperature is around 70 degrees, even leaving your car windows open about 2 inches, will increase your car’s temperature to over 100 degrees in a VERY short time. Since our pets cool their body temperature mainly by panting, when the air temperature they are breathing in is very high, they are unable to cool. Their internal body temperature increases and if they can not cool down, your pets will slowly die. My rule is if, the outside temperature is over 60 degrees, do not leave your pets in a car.
To learn more go to
- Pets in Hot Cars
- Study of 2 cars & temps inside (Note that there was not much difference with windows open) ,
- Dogs in Hot Cars .
- Car window
- RedRover Flyers
How long can I safely leave canned food out, un-refrigerated?
Many people feed canned food to their pets. I am asked all the time how long can canned food be safely left out, un-refrigerated? According to canned food manufacturers, canned food should never be left out for more than 2 hours. Canned food is a meat product. After that, just like human grade steak or chicken, it will start forming harmful bacteria that could possibly make our pets sick.
Read our article – Is Your Canned Food Safe
Feeding free choice or just feeding morning and night?
Many clients call and ask how should they feed their pets. What is better? Feeding free choice means to leave the dry food out all the time or feeding the correct amount at a specific time such as breakfast and dinner time. Most veterinarians prefer that pets are fed the correct amount for their weight morning and night. Each pet should be fed in their own bowl (glass bowls are preferred over plastic, plastic becomes pitted after a while and harbors more bacteria. Bowls should be cleaned after each feeding). Pets should be prevented from eating another pets’ food. You may need to separate each pet in a different room. This will prevent one pet from eating too fast before the other pet comes or hurrying up his food so he can eat the other’s food too. In many cases, eating too fast can cause stomach upset and the pet who does not get to eat his entire meal is left out. Behavioral problems may also occur over food. Each pet should be able to eat their entire meal at their own pace.
Feeding pets alone and at certain times, also helps the pet owner to monitor a pets food intake. If a pet is coming down with a health problem, in many cases the first sign may be that they will slow or stop eating. If a pet does not eat his full meal every time, it may not be a cause for alarm, however, it may be a cause to call your veterinarian if he has not eaten at all in 2 days (unless you see other signs, then call immediately). However, it is never wrong to call and ask your veterinarian if you have concerns before 2 days.
Getting your pet used to eating at certain times also has the advantage that the pet will be hungry. Not having food around 24/7 allows the pets digestive system to have a rest, rather than allowing the pet to nibble and graze at anytime during the day or night. Allowing access to food at all times also encourages pets to boredom eat (which brings on weight issues) or become territorial over food dishes, keeping others away. In most cases, free choice of food allows pet owners to not notice any problems until the problems are established.
Free choice feeding also creates a problem if one pet needs to go on a diet for specific health problems, while to other does not. The free choice feeding owner must choose to put both on the medical diet or put none on the medical diet. Both choices are not the best.
So, what is an owner to do? The hardest part is for all pet owners to get into a habit. Believe me, I am the worst to change my habits. However, once it is done, it is great. If you have rooms to separate pets in for feeding am and pm, that is one choice, however, I have 10 cats, and finding ten different rooms in my small home to feed them in is not feasible. So, all my cats are fed in their crates. I have stacked 3 on the bottom, 3 in the middle and 3 on top with the tenth one on the very top. At feeding time, all the cats run straight into their CORRECT crate. Each crate is labeled with the cat’s name and description (in case I need someone else to feed). The food is appropriately measured out for each cat, 3 cats are on special food and 2 cats require smaller portions (they gain weight very easily). I have found that feeding the cats in the crates has added benefits. Each cat is locked in the crate for however long it takes for them to eat (about 30 minutes). It enables each cat to eat at their own speed, no more wolfing down the food before another pushes in, no bullying going on. It also helped the two cats that were absolutely terrified of their crates feel comfortable. Now they jump in on their own happily. One did not like the door closed (maybe a bit claustrophobic?). All are doing well. I can monitor how much each cat eats at every feeding. They are all contained in one room. If there ever was a fire or I needed to evacuate, I am able to get all cats in their respective crates in a short period of time and place out the window….For me, this way of feeding works quickly, is great for healthy feeding, helps with pets who hate their crates and if ever you needed to evacuate in an emergency. This is a good thing.
What are some winter care tips for my pet?
- Keep indoor pets in a dry, warm area free of drafts. If possible, elevate your pet’s bed off the floor.
- Provide dogs and cats with a dry, insulated pet house or shelter out of the wind. Bring your pet inside if the temperature or wind chill goes below 32° (pets feel the cold as well as we do, no matter how thick their coat is) or with nasty weather.
- Staying warm requires extra calories, so feed your pet accordingly when the temperature drops. Talk to your veterinarian for advice on feeding your pet.
- Cats and kittens often nap on car engines for warmth. Knock on the hood and honk the horn; then wait a few minutes before starting your car. (Cats and kittens are always safer as indoor pets)
- Pets like the smell and taste of antifreeze, but even a very small amount can kill them. Thoroughly clean up spills at once. Tightly close containers and store them where pets cannot get them.
- Always have fresh, clean water available for your pet. Check water every 2 hours for freezing or get an electric heated water bowl. Fresh, clean unfrozen water is essential.
- Remove ice, salt, and caked mud from your pet’s paws and coat at once. Contact your veterinarian immediately if you suspect your pet has frostbite. Frostbitten skin may turn reddish, white or gray, and it may be scaly or sloughing.
- Alcoholic beverages, holiday treats such as chocolates, and bones from poultry, pork and fish can be harmful or toxic to your pets. Keep your pet on his regular diet.
- Many plants – including Christmas rose, holly, mistletoe, philodendron and dieffenbachia – are toxic to pets. Keep them out of your pet’s reach.
- Holiday paraphernalia can be dangerous to pets. Cover or tack down electrical cords. Keep tinsel and glass ornaments out of your pet’s reach. Read warnings on items like spray-on snow. Never put ribbons around your pet’s neck or allow it to play with plastic or foil wrappings or six-pack beverage holders.
Source: The Ralston Purina Company (click on to view their website).
Pet Web Library(click on to view website)
This website is a wealth of information on animal diseases to medical information to toxic items, diabetes and so much more.
Diseases that can be transferred from animal to human
Some germs are passed form animals to human. Learn what germs can be passed from your pet to you and how you can prevent it. Learn about Toxoplasmosis, how to protect yourself while pregnant and that cats are only a small probability for contamination, you are more likely to get it from raw meat or gardening.
Very interesting sites, click on to view –
Veterinarian approved homemade pet foods
This website helps you the owner, in making good nutritional well balanced pet food. Follow the recipe very carefully to help ensure that your pet receives all the nutrition their body requires. Click here to view the Balance IT website.
Neutering Your Pet
All pets, male or female should be neutered. Not only is it necessary to help in pet overpopulation, with millions of homeless pets but it helps pets medically, psychologically and in most cases behaviorally. For every puppy or kitten that you bring into this world and find a home for, that is one LESS home for a homeless pet in a shelter. There are simply NOT enough homes.
- Pet Overpopulation is a serious problem – American Humane
- Pet Overpopulation – Humane Society of the US
See our article, scroll down for a list of Spay/Neuter Clinics –
Check out how old your dog or cat is.
Antech Diagnostics has a nice chart to figure out how old your dog or cat is. This site also has some other helpful information on Senior care, etc. Click here to go to How Old is my Pet?
Pets and Cancer
Cornell University has a narrated live action video designed to give pet owners a complete overview of cancer. Click here to go to Dogs and Cancer – ASPCA.
Animal Hoarding – What is it & more
Tufts University answers questions about Animal Hoarding, what it is and is not, health issues, animal welfare, intervention and other resources. We start you off at the general overview, then just click on the different sections on the navigation bar at the top. If you know of a possible animal hoarding situation, please call our office and we will refer you to the proper help. Click here to go to About Hoarding.
Do You have Allergies to Your Pet?
Many animals are brought to shelters because someone in the home is allergic. There are a few things that you can do to help alleviate allergic symptoms and possibly keep your pet. Click here to learn more about Allergies to Your Pets
Pet Loss for you and your pets
The loss of a pet can be the most devastating thing. I have been through the loss too many times, but did you know that our surviving pets also grieve. When we lost our cat a few years ago, many of our surviving cats went through a grieving process. Here are a few websites that may help you and your pets – A Grieving Pet , Coping with the loss of a Pet ,
Intestinal Worms in Dogs and Cats
Our pets can pick up many intestinal parasites. Check out these websites to learn more.
Lyme Disease is becoming a bigger problem in New Hampshire, so check all pets every day after they come into your home. Click here for more information: A Lyme Disease Primer ,
Humane Certified Food For Humans
The American Humane Association does many things in the world of animal welfare. They make sure that any animals in many of the movies we watch are treated humanely and are not harmed (look for the American Humane Association statement at the end of the credits or go to American Humane Home Page). This organization also protects children from abuse, check Protecting Children to learn more. Now they are protecting farm animals. If you would like to buy only humanely treated food, check American Humane Certified Producers to learn what to look for on your food labels.
Products that do not harm animals
PETA has a list of many companies with their web sites, that do NO harm to animals, such as any testing on animals. It is a pretty extensive list. Click here to read more, and scroll down a few pages to get to the links for the websites.
- Canine Heartworm Disease
The American Heartworm Society website has great information and animation on Heartworm disease, Click here for Canine Heartworm Video.
- Giving your dog Medications
Giving your dog medications can be tricky. Some dogs are very good at taking medications then they walk away and you find the pill on the floor. Click here for some help on Giving your dog Medications Video .
- Trimming your dog’s Nails
Many dogs do not like their feet touched, which makes trimming nails a chore. When your dog is relaxed, gently massage their feet, maybe just a few seconds at first, then increase the time as your dog accepts the attention. If he/she pulls feet away, that is okay, just try in a little while. Always praise your dog while gently touching their feet and massaging in between toes. Sometimes they only associate touching their feet with nail clipping. Make this a pleasurable time. Click here to learn more on Nail Trimming Video .
- Dog Behavior
Click on the Behavior you wish to view –
- Aggression to People,
- Aggression towards Other Dogs,
- Eating Feces (Coprophagia),
- Destructive Chewing,
- Housetraining Adult Dog
- Housetraining a Puppy
- Introducing a New Baby,
- Leash training a Puppy Video
- Loose leash walking
- Problem Barking,
- Separation Problems-HSUS
- Separation Anxiety-ASPCA
- Vaccinations and diseases
Here is some information on different diseases that can affect your dog and what vaccinations maybe necessary.
Click on to view –
- Greyhound Information
The most mis-diagnosed disease in Greyhounds is hypothyroidism. Greyhounds have a normal low thyroid. Many Greyhounds are placed on Thyroid medication and in some cases it may not be necessary. Click on www.animalmedicalcentreofmedina.com for more information. There is a lot of great information on Greyhound Health. Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine also has some great greyhound information, click on Greyhounds to view their website.
- Siberian Husky
The Siberian Husky is Dori’s (the owner) favorite. They are beautiful, powerful and extremely intelligent, but they are an often misunderstood breed. Many people believe that huskies need to be an outside dog and then leave them outside enabling them to become bored, escape artists who roam for miles in a very short time getting into a lot of trouble, which tends to get them shipped to a shelter. If you are considering sharing your home with a Siberian Husky, learn as much about this breed (as you should about ANY breed) before you bring one home. Learn all the good as well as the bad, talk to past and present owners of Siberians, talk to rescues, talk to breeders. The Siberian is truly a wonderful family dog, if you know what you are getting into and are willing to do some serious training. This is not recommended for a first dog owner. For more information, click on Siberian Husky Rescue Site for info on the breed and for rescues in your area.
Unfortunately, there is no licensed Siberian Husky Rescue in New Hampshire.
Check out our Facebook page, search for NH Siberian Husky Lovers
This is a great article from MSNBC: “Putty in their paws, why we do what cats want”. Click to go to the article.
Do cats get heartworm disease like dogs?
For decades, in the Northeast, and where ever mosquitoes live, heartworm disease has been a plague for our dogs. Until recently, it was thought that heartworm disease did not adversely effect cats. New studies show that heartworm infection can harm our cats. Click here for Video & information on Feline Heartworm. Click on Feline Heartworm Animation and then the arrow to start video.
Has your cat been diagnosed with chronic kidney failure?
The Feline CRF Information Center is a great resource in up to date information on this frightening, confusing and overwhelming diagnosis of our beloved feline. Click here to go to the Feline CRF Information Center. and Instructions on Giving Sub-Q Fluids
Hyperthyroidism in Felines
Has your cat been diagnosed with Hyperthyroidism? For more information,
Click links below for more info –
Everything you always wanted to know about litter boxes from your cat’s point of view, and so much more. This website delves into a comprehensive look into all kinds of problems, do’s and don’ts and so much more. Click on Litter Box for this great website.
Check out our Gus Bennett series –
Feline Nutrition, Exercise, Obesity, etc.
The same website as the Litterbox above, has some great information on Feline Nutrition, Diabetes, Pilling and much more.
Click below for more information –
- Cat Information,
- Feeding Guidelines for Kittens,
- Foods to Avoid,
- Snacks/Treats Recipes
Check out our article – Feeding Cats by Gus Bennett
Diabetes in your feline
The best thing you can do is prevent the disease before it happens, learn how, Preventing Diabetes in your cat.
If you do get the diagnosis that your cat is diabetic, know everything you can on this disease. In most cases, cats do very well if diagnosed early and regulated. Here are two more websites on Feline Diabetes – Your Diabetic Cat and Cats and Carbs.
Click links below for more information – watch all videos Before doing anything. Each video give info the other does not.
- Giving insulin to your cat video #1
- Giving Insulin to your cat video #2
- Diabetes Information Center Video : How to test your Diabetic Cat’s Blood Sugar at Home
Allergies in Cats
Dori’s cat, Ricky suffers from a multitude of allergies, poor guy. He is allergic to many environmental sources such as two types of dust mites, Maple, Yellow Dock, Sycamore, Black Ants and much more. He is treated with an allergy injection every 10 – 21 days depending on how bad his allergies are. Most allergies in animals come out as skin conditions (whereas in humans, we suffer most respiratory and itchy eyes). Ricky’s allergies manifest in a skin condition of an over abundance of black yeast production all over his body (not a pretty sight). He is bathed every 3 – 4 weeks depending on his condition. Other problems that may occur from allergies could be open lesions, excessive grooming, hair loss, and hair thinning. If you notice anything different, check with your veterinarian.
To learn more about allergies in your cat, click on
This website has some great information on Cat Breeds, health, nutrition, behavior, etc. It is a web site put out by Cat Fancy and does sell advertising, so some products advertised maybe a paid endorsement, but over all it is a good site for some information. Click on Catchannel.com to view.
Declawing: Good or Bad
Declawing your cat, is it good or bad? Most animal welfare organizations do not condone declawing. It is an unnecessary surgery. Find out everything there is to know about declawing before you make the final decision. Feel free to call our office if you would like alternatives.
Check out these websites for more information:
- Facts on Declawing,
- Declawing: A Rational Look,
- Declawing & Humane Alternatives,
- Declawing Cats, far worse than just a manicure,
- Declawing: What you need to know,
- Physical Problems of Declawing.
Find out more about purebred cats
The Cat Fanciers’Association (CFA) has great information and pictures of purebred cats. Of course, we advocate adopting homeless pets first, but if you like a certain breed of cat, you sometimes will find them in shelters if you are patient. If you absolutely can not wait, check out these breeds. This website also has information on upcoming sponsored cat shows, etc.
Click here for CFA recognized purebred cats.
Brushing Your cats Teeth
Brushing Your cats teeth can be tricky.
Click here for
Giving Your Cat a Pill
Click here to view Instructional Video on Giving Your Cat a Pill.
Video 2 – Cat Pilling
Giving your Cat Liquid Medication
Click here to view Instructional Video on Giving Your Cat liquid medication.
Video 2 – Giving Liquid Medication
Taking your Cat’s Temperature
Click here to view Instructional Video on Taking your Cat’s Temperature
Trimming your Cat’s Claws (nails)
Click here to view Instructional Video on Trimming your Cat’s Claws (nails)
Cats, Babies and Toxoplasmosis
Congratulations you are pregnant, then your doctor says get rid of your cat to protect your baby. What do you do? Educate yourself…..You are more likely to get Toxoplasmosis from handling raw meat or gardening in your yard than from your inside cat. But here are some websites to help educate you and possibly your doctor.
Click the links below for more information –
Click on the Behavior you wish to view-
- Adding A Cat
- Introducing a cat to a new cat
- Aggression to People,
- Aggression to Other Cats,
- Cats & Toxic Plants,
- Harness & Leash Training,
- Scratching Furniture,
- Selecting Safe Toys,
Indoor vs. Outdoor
Dori owns ten cats that are all considered indoor cats. However, a special cat fence was installed on top of the existing chain link fence about 6 years ago. All cats have been enjoying the protection of an indoor cat with the enjoyment of running and playing outside SAFELY. Statistically, cats who are indoor cats can leave three times longer than outside cats. Some inside healthy cats can live 18 – 20 years with outside cats averaging 6 years. Yes, there are cats who go out and live to be 10, 15, maybe even 20 years, however, they are very lucky. The outside cat must endure many hazards that threaten his life every day, such as dogs, cruel neighbors who do not want animals in their yard, cars, other territorial cats and many wild animals who may look at your cat as dinner!! Just as there are leash laws to protect dogs, people and property, there should be the same for cats. They need protection too. If you would like to learn more, read our article – 2 ways to keep your cats safe outside
Vaccinations and diseases
Here is some information on different diseases that can affect your cat and what vaccinations maybe necessary.
Click on to view –
- Feline Leukemia.
- FIP – Feline Infectious Peritonitis,
- FIV-Feline Immunodeficiency Virus,
- Feline Herpes Virus,
- Vaccination Guidelines
Caring for your cat’s emotional health
Cats are very emotional. These wonderful little animals are very capable of expressing anger, happiness, love, separation, depression, etc. Click here to learn more about Cat’s Emotional Health.
Our Awards, Certificates and Credentials
Professional Pet Sitting Etc. – why choose a lesser company
If you are going to trust a pet sitting company with your pets and your home, you should know about the company. You should know who the owner is and their background.
Below are some basics on our company, sitters and the owner. Also check out our other pages –
If you can not find this information on another companies website, choose one that does.
- In business since 1990
- Thorough Background Security Checks
- Training on all employees
- GPS on all pet sitters
- requires all employees to sign a non-disclosure non-compete for your confidentiality and safety
- Online Registration & Reservation Program that can be accessed anywhere via the web, 24/7
Plus we are:
- One of the largest pet sitting companies in New England
- and one of only a few this large in the United States
Awarded BEST PET SITTER
We WON again
FINALIST in BEST Pet Sitting and BEST Dog Walker
Awarded BEST PET SITTING
and BEST DOG WALKER
Award Winning Pet Sitting Company Multiple Times
We are the ONLY pet sitting company that :
- Has 30+ Pet Sitters on staff, most have been with us for 3 – 14 years
- Has a large working emergency back up system to ensure pet care
- Has 3000+ clients from Nashua to Concord
- Cares for THOUSANDS of pets in a month
- Pet Sitting Business Experience since 1990
- Our pet sitters live in the areas they service to
always be close to the pets they care for.
- for pet & client protection, we have:
- 30+ Trained and Police Checked Employees
- 40+ page Policy & Procedure Handbook
- Non-disclosure/confidentiality contracts
- Non-compete, our sitters can not do any of our services outside of our company during employment and years after leaving our company
- Medical Pet Care Technicians on staff in most areas
- Some Pet Sitters are Vaccinated Against Rabies
Dorinne Whynott, Owner of Professional Pet Sitting Etc.
- Dog Behaviorist/Obedience Trainer
- Pet Owner Counselor
- Bachelor of Science Degree, Studies in Psychology, Animal Science and Business
- Rehabilitator of Problem/Abused Animals
- Rescues Animals in Need
- Fosters animals for various organizations
- NH Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator
- Vaccinated Against Rabies
- Certified Animal Abuse Investigator (UNH)
- Certified Animal Disaster Responder by
- Humane Society of the US,
- American Humane Association
- Over 30 years of progressive experience in
- Animal Rescue, Health and Welfare
- Dog Behavior and Training
- Animal Education to the Public
- Pet Facilitated Therapy
Associations & Memberships Include:
- National & International Association of Professional Pet Sitters
- American Humane Association
- Humane Society of the United States
- Associated Humane Societies
- International Wolf
- NH Equine Humane Association
- Association of Pet Dog Trainers
How We Keep You & Your Pets Safe
We take pet sitting seriously !!
As one of the largest NH Pet Sitting Company, who has cared for thousands of pets every year since 1990, we are always thinking of safety.
- We deter people from targeting your home while you are at work or away!!.
Whether we are walking your dog every day in New Hampshire or caring for all your pets while are away or just checking on your home with NO pets while you are vacationing in Florida, We are coming and going making your home look like someone is there. We bring in your mail and newspapers so they don’t pile up outside. Also, it’s advisable to NOT stop your mail or newspapers because that indicates to those employees you will be away, making your home a possible target.
One day, our pet sitter, Richalie, was going to one of our daily mid day visits to exercise 4 awesome dogs. When she pulled up, she noticed a car parked out front but down away from the driveway. It was an older car with signs on the side that said National Grid ( a heating service), then she saw a gentleman walking around out to the back of of our client’s home.
Richalie got out of her car, and the ex- army person that she is, followed him around back, saying, ” excuse me, can I help you?” The man kept walking, never looking back and even sped up a bit and said he was looking for…..and gave the address across the street. Richalie yelled, since he was way ahead now, going for his car, that he was at the wrong address. She immediately wrote down license plate and description as he got to his car, pulled the signs off, got it and drove off!! We called police and the owner. Come to find out, houses were being targeted in that area and the information our sitter obtained help to track down the culprits!!
- We are also checking on your home, making sure everything is okay with your home.
Our petsitter, Betty, was doing a routine mid day visit to exercise 4 great dogs as well, different home. When she arrived and opened the door, she was greeted with black thick smoke. She immediately got the dogs outside and called the fire department. I called the owner but she was not reachable. The fire department checked the house from top to bottom and ascertained it was a faulty oil burner. He shut the furnace off and opened windows to air out. It was spring and the temp was in the 60s so it wasn’t cold. After the house cleared quickly, the fire chief said it was safe for the dogs to go back inside now. Finally, got the owner and explained what happened. She was grateful. If the dogs had stayed in that black smoke until she got home 6 hours later, we aren’t sure if they would’ve been okay or if the oil burner would’ve progressed to something worse.
- We also have checked on elderly family members of owners!
We’ve had visits where an elderly parent was home and we would go and exercise pets while a client was working. On one occasion, we were to visit a 95 year old woman who was in her own townhouse but it was a facility where nurses and staff visited throughout the day for blood pressure and to make sure meds were taken and that they eat properly. This elderly woman could get around and take care of herself in her home but walking the dog once in the morning and night was too much. So, we did it for well over a year, 7 days a week. One day, the sitter arrived to find her on the floor unconscious!! We called the staff who rushed over. She had apparently suffered a stroke. The staff were not scheduled to come in until the next morning. If we didn’t go in for that night visit, she would’ve passed away by morning. We had got there in time and she had some major speech problems but that was it!! We went on to help her for a few more months until she needed more around the clock care and the dog went to live with her daughter.
- We will never put your address or name on your keys.
We have ID numbers and pets names. Accidents do unfortunately happen and I’ve heard horror stories of other sitters dropping keys and not so kind people using them. The other thing we do, is put a note on the back of our key tag that states “if found please call 888-8088”, our office number.
- We will never advertise you are away while you use our service.
Our sitters DO NOT have any business signs on their cars when they go to your home. They may have one of our bumper stickers that we also give clients ( our pets are loved by Professional Pet Sitting Etc. ). Signs on vehicles or cars wrapped in the pet sitting business information is a great way to bring attention to someone away.
Our sitters do not wear T-shirts advertising our business either unless it says “My Pet is Loved by Professional Pet Sitting Etc”. We’ve had many people ask us why? Why do we not want to advertise while driving around or walking clients pets……we would be a huge NEON sign, come target this house….no one is home!!!
As one of the largest NH Pet sitting company that cares for thousands of pets, We do much more but here are the top 5 ways we work to keep you and your pets safe.
Did you know that we did these safety features? Does this make you feel safe? If you have other ideas please send me an email, we always love to hear great ideas.
Here is A Sampling
of our wonderful pet sitting TEAM
(our other sitters are too shy)
We have an exceptional staff of dedicated pet care professionals who absolutely LOVE animals.
The pet sitters who do pet sit for us are EXCEPTIONAL. See below for some of our process in choosing our sitters. Not every person who wants to pet sit with us is chosen.
For pet sitter safety, our Insurance company advised to not have photos of our sitters, sorry
- pet sitting all her life !!
- grew up caring and rescuing animals with her mom (Dori)
- Bachelor’s degree in animal biology
- certified animal abuse investigator
- does our payroll
- wildlife rehabilitator
- animal rescue experience
- training experience
- pet sitting since 1995
- retired breeder of champion Siamese/Oriental Cats
- Veterinary Assistant experience
- owns 10 cats (Siamese & Orientals)
- retired in 2008 from Prof. Pet Sitting after 13 years to help with family
- pet sitting since 1998
- Veterinary Assistant experience
- owns 2 cats and 1 dog (Golden)
- pet sitting since 1998
- volunteers with Derry Humane Society
- fosters for Libby’s Haven for Senior Pets
- Veterinary Assistant experience
- Rescues animals in need
- owns fish, hermit crabs, and 1 dog (mixed breed)
- Retired in 2011 from Prof. Pet Sitting after 13 years for family reasons
- pet sitting since 1998
- volunteers for various animal welfare organizations
- studies in homeopathy and Reiki on animals
- does pet facilitated therapy
- studies Animal Homeopathy
- Rescues animals in need
- owns fish, a parakeet, 3 cats
- and 2 dogs (Greyhound and Whippet)
- pet sitting since 2000
- Veterinary Assistant experience
- Reptile experience
- owns 2 cats
- Pet sitting since 2003
- Certified Veterinary Assistant experience
- Horse experience
- Reptile experience
- owns 1 cat and 2 dogs (Shepherd & a Shep. Mix)
- pet sitting since 2013
- Veterinary Assistant experience
- Training experience
- owns 1 dog, 1 kitty and 2 birds
- on Medical Leave
- Pet sitting since 2012
- Just adopted a cute puppy
- Certified Veterinary Assistant
- Pet Sitting since 2014
- Certified Veterinary Assistant
- MSPCA (Methurn, MA) 2011 to present
- Pet Sitting since 2013
- Veterinary Assistant experience
- Pet sitting since 2003
- 1 dogs 2 cats
PLUS 20+ more SHY pet sitters on staff…..
To keep you and your pets SAFE our sitters are required to
- go through our orientation process
- go through our training process with a seasoned pet sitter
- all must be 21 years of age or older
- MUST follow our 40+ page policy and procedure Handbook
- must sign a non-disclosure -to not repeat anything they learn about you, your family, pets or our company. This is essential for clients who may be lawyers, police officers, judges, etc.
- must sign a non-compete – this means that our employees can not offer any of our services outside of our company for money/compensation while employed by Professional Pet Sitting Etc. and for a long term after they have left employment. This protects you from being solicited. This is a reason for immediate termination and/or legal action. This protects you and your pets from services without proper credentials, licenses, permits, insurances and quality control. Employees and Ex-employees can not contact you in person, phone, e-mail, social media or any other means.
Not every person who applies for our pet sitting positions gets to become a pet sitter with us. The above set of employees are exceptional and have passed all of our qualifications.
This is not a job, this is a way of life. Our sitters must LOVE pets and put them first.
History of Professional Pet Sitting, Etc.
Professional Pet Sitting Etc. (PPSE) was started as a part time business in 1990. The business was established when pet sitting was not known to the public. In home pet care was a need that was voiced by clients at the animal hospital where the owner, Dorinne Whynott, worked. Ms. Whynott started to educate the public about her service by word of mouth and advertising in her local newspaper.
It took more than six years before the business could support the owner as a full time business.
It took a lot of work to get the word out to enough people to grow the clientele.
1990 – 1995:
Professional Pet Sitting Etc. became a registered business in the state of New Hampshire. Bonding and Liability insurance were purchased. PPSE continued to grow and expand rapidly as the public became aware of this unique, professional and reliable business. We serviced two cities, Nashua and Hudson. Ms. Whynott was the sole employee.
Our logo, the heart with the paw print inside, was now our registered trademark. Revenues doubled from 1995 and the clientele grew to over 300 strong. Professional Pet Sitting Etc. joined in the technology age and became a member on the World Wide Web subscribing to America Online and developing their own website in 1996. We co-founded and became a charter member of the New Hampshire Pet Sitters’ Association. We serviced 7 cities, Nashua, Hudson, Litchfield, Hollis, Amherst, Merrimack and Milford. Again, Ms. Whynott was the sole employee.
Mastercard and Visa were now accepted as payment along with cash and checks. Because of the continued and fast growth, Ms. Whynott found it necessary to hire additional pet sitters to service expanded areas. Eight pet sitters were hired for the eight serviced cities (Nashua, Hudson, Litchfield, Hollis, Amherst, Merrimack, Milford and Bedford). We obtained workman’s compensation insurance and non-owned automobile insurance. A 40 page Policy & Procedure Handbook was written to help guide and train employees to provide continued quality pet care. An emergency back up system was created to ensure continued uninterrupted pet care in the event of an employee emergency. The yellow pages recognized pet sitting and gave a heading in the yellow page section. We have over 300 clients.
Awarded NH Pet Sitting Business of the year !!
We started to advertise in every newspaper in the 8 cities we serviced. We were so busy that we hired 6 more pet sitters (total of 14 pet sitters). We purchased a Pet Care Technician course for additional training for our employees.
Awarded NH Pet Sitting Business of the year again !!!
We expanded to 9 cities (now servicing: Nashua, Hudson, Litchfield, Hollis, Amherst, Merrimack, Milford, Bedford and Brookline) and hired four more pet sitters (total of 18 pet sitters). Business was going well until the end of the year when everyone was worried about Y2k. The result was that few people traveled the last quarter of the year and the first quarter of 2000, before people felt okay with the future. We obtained small benefits for employees.
We expanded to 21 cities (now servicing: Nashua, Hudson, Litchfield, Hollis, Amherst, Merrimack, Milford, Bedford, Brookline Manchester, New Boston, Pelham, Derry, Londonderry, Mason, Goffstown, Wilton, Mont Vernon, Windham, Lyndeborough, and Greenfield), hired 6 more petsitters (total of 24 pet sitters) and increased our advertising to the new cities.
We expanded into one more city, 22 total, (now servicing: Nashua, Hudson, Litchfield, Hollis, Amherst, Merrimack, Milford, Bedford, Brookline Manchester, New Boston, Pelham, Derry, Londonderry, Mason, Goffstown, Wilton, Mont Vernon, Windham, Lyndeborough, Greenfield and Salem), hired 9 more pet sitters (total 33 petsitters). We suffered a lot this year due to 9-11 attacks. No one was traveling for pleasure or business. We still did okay for the first 3 quarters of the year.
We did not grow as fast this year due to the slowing of the economy, slow travel due to 9-11 and quite a few businesses laying off workers. We started to sponsor the Nashua Humane Society’s Walk-a-thon and the Salem Animal Rescue League‘s Dog fest.
We redesigned our web site. People still do not feel comfortable traveling for pleasure or business (due to 9-11). This was our slowest growing year in revenue, with only a 5% increase from last year. We have added the Manchester Animal Shelter to our annual sponsorships for their walk-a-thon.
We added a receptionist to answer the phone during our business hours (clients can always leave messages 24/7). We expanded into 16 more cities, 38 total, (now servicing: Nashua, Hudson, Litchfield, Hollis, Amherst, Merrimack, Milford, Bedford, Brookline, Salem, Manchester, New Boston, Pelham, Derry, Londonderry, Mason, Goffstown, Wilton, Mont Vernon, Windham, Lyndeborough, Greenville, Atkinson, Auburn, Bow, Chester, Concord, Dunbarton, Francestown, Greenfield, Sharon, Hampstead, Hooksett, New Ipswich, Temple, Peterborough, Sandown and Weare) and hired 5 more pet sitters (total 38 pet sitters). We increased the advertising into these new areas. We now have over 2000 pet clients. We added Animal Rescue League of NH (in Bedford), Manchester Animal Shelter walk-a-thon and Derry Humane Society to our annual sponsorships.
In the past 15 years of business, Professional Pet Sitting Etc. has continually grown. In the past ten years, the average growth is an impressive 38%. In the great times we grew over 100% and in the worst of times we still grew by 5 – 13%. The Concord SPCA walk-a-thon was added to our list of annual sponsorships.
Ms. Whynott completed an extensive business plan for the expansion of PPSE to open the Animal Center. We have acquired a great investor, looking at properties, etc. We are still growing rapidly and average over 60 phone calls per day.
Awarded NH Pet Sitting Business of the Year !
After our great investor had to decline due to a serious family emergency, and with much work done, research in other opportunities and lots of money spent, the Animal Center was permanently placed on hold with much regret. The main focus now was to continue to grow PPSE. As with every year, 2007 did better then the previous year. We are now gaining anywhere from 10 – 20 new clients per month and over 3000 strong.
Professional Pet Sitting Etc. will continue to grow and provide the public, the best in-your-home pet care. We pride ourselves on continued education to provide up-to-date and the latest in proper pet care to aid in the excellence of service. We will continue to educate ourselves through seminars and other educational programs.
Professional Pet Sitting Etc. moved its primary location to offer more room in training employees. The economy was not kind to us this year, as with everyone, however, our company did fair well. The economy did help in that we were able to find a wonderful space for little money.
2010 – 2012:
Professional Pet Sitting Etc. is in the process of completing work on the new office , library and training are. Our office is still not a public office, for safety of all clients’ keys and information, however, this space will be able to better accommodate our continued growth.
Awarded NH Pet Sitting Business of the Year Again !!
We incorporated our new Online Registration/Reservation Program. This will enable our clients to create their own personalized pet and home care profile 24/7 right from the comfort of their homes. Reservations can easily be made 24/7 from anywhere in the world as long as you have internet access.
After having our past host,macquire a virus in their servers and having our entire website deleted from the web. We have completely updated our website with new features, easy to find information. See our videos, pictures easily.
We have noticed a huge rise in new clients and Reservations of services this year. A welcome boost in our business growth after the past sluggish years with the economy.
We have added nearly 50 more educational and interesting articles to our blog list!
We are dominating the web, listing as first in many Google categories and with a Web Authority rising fast!
We have continued adding many educational articles to our blog list. We are 180 articles strong and 30 videos.
We have WON
BEST PET SITTER and BEST DOG WALKER
in the NH A List Contest
We have WON AGAIN
FINALIST in BEST PET SITTER and BEST DOG WALKER
We have been averaging 4-6 new articles per month. We are now at 250 educational articles on our blog list!!
Started the search to EXPAND the company and services
Voted BEST PET SITTER Again!!!