F.A.Q’s & Paw-licies

Yes! Happy Tails Pet Care Professionals service the neighborhoods they live in! We prefer the same professional to service your pets every time. This way, your pets develop a relationship with him or her and you have a one-on-one relationship with the person providing care to your furry (or scaled or feathered) family. If for some reason your regular Pet Care Professional is not available, a fully informed Happy Tails Pet Care Professional will be introduced to take care of your pets. Your pets will always be happy, safe and secure with Happy Tails. Visit the Our Team page to review more about our Pet Care Professionals.
For our visits, Happy Tails feels it is our utmost importance that we make the environment safe and happy for the pets. Every household is different. If your pet is afraid the first visit, we will take time to try to make them trust us. If they are not eating, we can sit on the floor and hand feed. If the weather is great and your dog is enjoying their walk, we will take an extra lap. If we need to wash bedding or clean messes, we will be there to get it done. If any emergencies arise, there will be NO EXTRA CHARGE for our time. With no time limit on visits, we provide full, quality service at one price! Happy Tails Pet Care Professionals are concerned about your pets happiness, your home needs, and less about the ticking clock! Our services are tailored to what we provide on our Rates and Services page. Every household is different, so when duties are complete and pets are happy and comfortable, the Pet Care Professional will leave the home.
Happy Tails does not prefer to share responsibilities of the home or pets with anyone other than the owner(s). Happy Tails office and your Pet Care Professional both must be directly notified of the owner(s) absence if service is requested and someone else will be in the home. Happy Tails Pet Care Professionals reserve the right to relinquish duties at any time in this circumstance and communication is key. We cannot be held liable if someone else is caring for the home or pets. If a cleaning or gardening service is scheduled, please let us know.
References can be requested prior to the consultation and will include serviced clients specific to your personal Happy Tails Pet Care Professional. Be sure to request references at the time of scheduling the consultation. References can also be emailed prior to your initial consultation if requested.
When you have made the decision to have Happy Tails take care of your pets, then an in-your-home consultation will be scheduled. There is no obligation. At the consultation, you are able to see your sitter’s interaction with your pet(s), learn about the home, obtain house keys if service dates are needed, and conduct a thorough interview. This consultation lasts approximately 15-45 minutes. There is a consultation fee of $10. This $10 fee will be applied as credit towards your first bill. The $10 fee will be required at the consultation. Acceptable payment methods are cash or check. We ask that all owners or parties involved to be present at the consultation. If you fill out our New Client Application, we will match you with a Pet Care Professional call you within 24 hours to confirm our availability. Filling out a New Client Application does not guarantee service until confirmation, and we cannot guarantee service if the first visit needed is in less than 48 hours.
Of course! However, schedules fill quickly, especially during holiday seasons, so we suggest that you schedule any holiday or weekend appointment well in advance. We do not charge extra for weekend care however there is a premium for certain holidays.
Your Pet Care Professional will ask for your time preference for services at your initial consultation, and do their best to service at any requested time in order for services to be tailored to your pet(s). Most client visits are requested anywhere between 7 am to 9 pm. Please understand that we cannot always guarantee a specific time of arrival to your home and ask to allow a two-hour time interval. This two-hour window allows time for the unavoidable circumstances that may arise at the previous client’s or travel.
Though we specialize in customized pet care for dogs and cats, we will also provide care for all other types of pets – horses, birds, fish, reptiles and other small exotics. All breeds of dogs and cats are eligible for our service including those with medical conditions and behavioral problems, unless the pet expresses any threat to your Pet Care Professional.
Happy Tails role in the home is to care and maintain a safe environment for pets. Your Pet Care Professional will feed and water, administer medications, clean litter boxes, clean up accidents that we can find, exercise and play with pets, and provide other home care options such as bringing in the mail, newspaper and adjusting lights. We will also report to the owner as requested. It is important to communicate to the Pet Care Professional. It is important to express the times or frequencies you would like certain home services performed (such as watering or poop pick-up). Please contact us if you do not see a service that is needed, to see if we can help.
Contact us as soon as you know there’s a change in your plans! Things happen, some unforeseeable. Credit may not be given in the event of an early arrival home.

Holidays: Any services booked/scheduled over a holiday will be subject to a $25 cancellation fee. Credit will not be given with an early arrival home over holiday periods. Any changes to bookings over a holiday period less than 72 hours will be subject to a $10 change fee.

We recommend that you let Happy Tails retain your key(s) for future service, but will return your key(s) at your request. We ask that if possible, two keys are provided. One key is stored at our office and one key is given to the Pet Care Professional performing the pet care or dog walking service. If your Pet Care Professional becomes ill or is otherwise incapacitated, we have a key available for a backup. If two keys cannot be made available to us at the consultation, or if a client would prefer their keys returned, Happy Tails will accommodate most circumstances and will still work with our client. Many of our clients enjoy the convenience of a phone call to schedule services without having to make arrangements to have a key picked up or dropped off. If the sitter needs to obtain a key each time, a $10.00 key pick-up surcharge will included in the total.

Your Happy Tails Pet Care Professionals will not lock keys inside the home on your last scheduled visit — there may be unforeseen circumstances and your return may be delayed. We want to ensure your pets health and safety.

Due to insurance liability and for the safety of your home and Pet Care Professional, we do not typically allow this circumstance. Each situation will be evaluated at the initial consultation.
Pet care is a service and like other service industries, tipping is not required but appreciated when a job is well done. We encourage you to phone in or email us with your comments.
We accept cash, check, Epay, and credit card on file (with handling fee).
We require 100% payment left for your Pet Care Professional upon their first visit. Payment can also be mailed with check, credit card on file (additional handling fee), or Epay, as soon as service begins, unless a monthly payment plan has been discussed. If payment is forgotten, please do the courtesy of mailing payment to the address on your estimate or arrange to pay by credit card, so your sitter does not have to make an extra visit to pick up forgotten payment. Any payment not received within one week of client’s arrival will be subject to a $3.00 surcharge/day. Payments not applied due to cancellation of service, late departure, or early returns can be credited towards your next service or refunded in most circumstances.
Clients are responsible for providing their pet’s food, toys, leashes and other supplies & treats. We will replenish supplies; however, a $10.00/trip charge will apply.

Clients are also responsible for filling out all necessary information. While we do perform a consultation and duties are discussed, your sitter is best prepared with the online forms. This information allows your Pet Care Professional to fulfill each client’s requests to the best of their ability. It is also important if a sit has not been done in a long period of time, to make the sitter aware of any changes.

Upon returning home, clients should directly notify their Pet Care Professional or Happy Tails office. Happy Tails Pet Care Professionals may opt to automatically continue making visits until we hear from you. Happy Tails reserves the right to bill for additional visits at your contracted rate.

Happy Tails will use professional judgment in the assessment of your pet’s medical needs and we will make all reasonable efforts to reach our clients or their emergency contacts before seeking medical treatment. Veterinary information is required from clients for Happy Tails to approve medical procedures and advice, just in case. Medical treatment will be done through the client’s assigned vet, or if he/she cannot be reached, we will use a veterinarian of our choice. The client is fully responsible for all charges of the veterinary clinic.