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We’re always looking for compassionate, caring, heart-centred animal lovers to join our team.

Become a Professional Pet Sitter with VIPets

About VIPets Ltd:

VIPets Ltd has been providing complete peace of mind for Christchurch pet owners since 2015. We are committed to being there for our clients whenever they need us, be it every day of the week or once a month.

Our dedication, attention to detail and use of technology to deliver an exceptional level of care has seen us grow to the point where we need pet care superstars to join our friendly team.

Our Mission Statement: To use our love and compassion for all animals to bring joy into the hearts of pets and their owners, by:
  • being observant and keenly aware of pets needs at all times (such as the subtle changes in their demeanour that convey how they feel),
  • reducing pet’s stress, frustration, loneliness and boredom to an absolute minimum at all times,
  • clearly communicating with clients to ensure homes are run to their exact specifications so pets are kept as close to their routine as possible,
  • recreating play and exercise routines as close to pet’s daily regimens as possible to ensure pets feel safe, comfortable and content in their parent’s absence and
  • using positive, loving and compassionate reinforcement of the training already in place.

Why work with us?

  • We’ll do our best to fit with your current schedule to work up to the income you need,
  • You’ll have flexible hours,
  • You’ll work with a friendly, supportive team,
  • You’ll receive a full training to perform services to the highest standard of safety for yourself and the pets you care for,
  • You’ll receive referral bonuses for every new client you meet and refer to VIPets,
  • Full pet first aid certificate training provided.

This position is a great fit for you if you are a:

  • Self employed/freelancer with middays free,
  • Stay at home mum with children in part time care or ’empty nester’ with lots of love for pets,
  • Hospitality professional with time free during the day,
  • Student with a flexible schedule,
  • Retiree who would like to visit pets in their own homes.

We also have positions for those who would like to work with animals full time.

You will need to:

  • Be responsible, client-focused and entirely reliable,
  • Have a deep compassion for animals,
  • Have a reliable, dog friendly vehicle and full clean license,
  • Pass a criminal check with the department of courts,
  • Be willing to walk dogs in all types of weather,
  • Be willing to work evenings, weekends and public holidays as much as possible.

We want YOU:

  • Compassionate, big-hearted, pet loving people,
  • Those who are absolutely dedicated to the health, well-being and happiness of the pets already in their care,
  • The types that stop to pat kitties lounging in the sun on their driveways,
  • The ones who need to stop and meet every dog on the beach.

As a member of the VIPets Team you would pledge to:

  • Always act in the best interest of the pets,
  • Treat pets as you would dear friends that you would never put in danger or a situation that would cause them harm,
  • Respect client’s homes and belongings by always removing shoes before entering, cleaning up after yourself as well as the pets and leaving the home better than you found it,
  • Value client’s confidentially and right to privacy by never allowing anyone in the home and/or sharing personal information or photos of client’s pets,
  • Keep client’s homes and belongings safe by shutting and locking gates, arming alarms, locking and trying the handle on every door you have access to,
  • Respond promptly and clearly to all forms of communication from clients,
  • Respect client’s instructions and follow their directions to the letter.

We are currently looking for:

Would you like to spend your days caring for cats and small animals in their own home?

About the position:

The position involves visiting client’s residences to manage their pet’s regular routine and ensure the safety and security of the premises while they travel. We are looking for employees to take up new business so you have the flexibility to fit visits around your current lifestyle.

Your duties and responsibilities will include:

  • Providing food and changing water for pets
  • Spending time providing all the love, care and attention pets are accustomed to
  • Taking outstanding photos of daily interactions
  • Checking security of the premises and arming and disarming alarms
  • Putting out and bringing in wheelie bins
  • Watering plants and gardens
  • Making the home look ‘lived in’ by turning lights on and off, bringing in mail, opening and closing blinds etc.
  • Cleaning litter boxes

Does this sound like you?

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Would you like to have mini-holidays away from home caring for pets?

About the position:

The position involves residing at client’s homes to manage their pet’s regular routine and ensure the safety and security of the premises. As we are looking for people who can commit to spending the majority of their time living in client’s homes with their pets, this would suit people who work from home, those who work or study part time or retirees. We are looking for employees to take up new business so you have the flexibility to fit visits around your current lifestyle.

Your duties and responsibilities will include:

  • Spending the majority of your time in the home with the pets
  • Staying over every night in the home
  • Providing food and changing water for pets
  • Spending time providing all the love, care and attention pets are accustomed to
  • Taking outstanding photos of daily interactions with pets
  • Putting out and bringing in wheelie bins
  • Watering plants and gardens
  • Cleaning litter boxes

Does this sound like you?

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Would you like to spend your days playing with dogs?

About the position:

We are looking for people with experience handling multiple dogs to take small groups out on location for an adventure. You will be responsible for walking, playing, exercising and interacting with dogs while keeping them safe and secure in your care.

Your duties and responsibilities will include:

  • Driving to client’s homes, collecting dogs and taking them out to play
  • Providing food and changing water
  • Bathing them (if required) when they get muddy
  • Spending time providing all the love, care and attention dogs need
  • Taking outstanding photos of your adventure

Does this sound like you?

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Is there room in your home for friendly pets?

About the position:

We are looking for people to care for dogs in their own home. You will need to have a securely fenced, private garden. It’s preferable there are no other pets in the home, if there are, they need to be extremely friendly and sociable. This arrangement would not suit homes with small children for safety reasons.

We are looking for people who either:

  • Work part time
  • Work from home
  • Are home-makers
  • Are retired.

If you spend no more than 4 hours away from home during the day and there is room in your home for a temporary furry family member, we’d love to hear from you.

The role of a doggy homestay host:

  • Spending the majority of your time in your home with the pets during the day
  • Staying over every night in your home with the pets
  • Providing food and changing water
  • Spending time providing all the love, care and attention pets are accustomed to
  • Taking outstanding photos of daily interactions
  • Planning exciting outings

Does this sound like you?

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Pre-application Terms and Conditions

Please ensure you agree to all of the following terms and conditions pertaining to the position you are applying for before starting your pre-application:

Applicants for all positions will need to:

  • Be at least 18 years old,
  • Commit to our ethos of being there for clients whenever they need us and never letting them down,
  • Be committed to providing exceptional customer service and an extremely high standard of client care,
  • Be absolutely passionate about pets and have experience dealing with a variety of companion animals,
  • Be responsible, mature, professional, extremely dependable and have plenty of common sense,
  • Be exceptionally organised and have an eagle eye for detail,
  • Be able to work well independently and follow client instructions to the letter,
  • Have a deep respect for client confidentiality, never inviting anyone on visits, conveying client information to a third party or sharing photos on social media,
  • Meet with clients to go over all aspects of the pet’s care,
  • Be physically fit, able to walk long distances, climb stairs, crouch, bend and lift heavy dogs in and out of cars,
  • Be willing to work evenings, weekends and public holidays,
  • Have a reliable vehicle with a full license as you will use your personal vehicle to transport pets,
  • Have a smart phone with data as you will be required to submit reports to pet owners on completion,
  • Have a computer with Internet access at your home,
  • Be willing to submit to a background check,
  • Be willing (and able financially) to take the time to build up to a full time schedule in your area.

For this position you will need to agree to all of the above terms for Pet Care Providers as well as:

  • Be able to commit to spending no more than 4 hours away from home during the day,
  • Spend at least 8 hours overnight in the home

For this position you will need to agree to all of the above terms for Pet Care Providers as well as:

  • Have experience walking multiple dogs,
  • Understand you will be outdoors a lot of the time dealing with the changeable Christchurch elements,

For this position you will need to:

  • Be at least 18 years old,
  • Be the homeowner or have written permission from the landlord to board pets in the home,
  • Have no small children in the home for safety reasons,
  • Have no other pets in the home unless they are extremely sociable and do not take exception to having other pets around,
  • Have a completely secure (fenced and gated) garden that is suitable for dogs,
  • Provide at least one one hour outing per day,
  • Be able to commit to spending no more than 4 hours away from home during the day,
  • Spend at least 8 hours overnight in the home,
  • Commit to our ethos of being there for clients whenever they need us and never letting them down,
  • Be committed to providing exceptional customer service and an extremely high standard of client care,
  • Be responsible, mature, professional, extremely dependable and have plenty of common sense,
  • Be exceptionally organised and have an eagle eye for detail,
  • Be able to work well independently and follow client instructions to the letter,
  • Have a deep respect for client confidentiality, never conveying client information to a third party or sharing photos on social media,
  • Be physically fit, able to walk long distances, climb stairs, crouch, bend and lift heavy dogs in and out of cars,
  • Have a reliable vehicle with a full license as you will use your personal vehicle to transport pets,
  • Have a smart phone with data as you will be required to submit reports to pet owners,
  • Have a computer with Internet access at your home,
  • Be willing to submit to a background check

Start the Pre-application Now:

Your Name:*

Your Email:*

Your Phone Number:*

Your Date of Birth:*

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Cover Letter:

Do you have a computer with Internet access at home?*YesNo

Do you have your own insured, reliable, economical vehicle and valid full license?*YesNo

Can you work weekends and evenings?*YesNo

Are you able to work holidays?*YesNo

Are you able to do mid-day walks between the hours of 10am and 2pm Monday-Friday?*YesNo

Do you consent to a background check?*YesNo

Which positions are you interested in? (Select all that apply)*Pet CaregiverLive-in Pet SitterDog WalkerPet Homestay Provider

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Have you read through our website and understand the services we provide?*YesNo

Are you able to commit to working with VIPets for at least six months or more?*YesNo

If no, please explain:*

Are you available to do visits at least two weekends a month?*YesNo

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Are you available for long-term pet sitting assignments?*YesNo

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Do you have pets at home?*YesNo

When are you available to start?*

What is your availability for visits?**

Are you interested in live-in house sitting assignments?*YesNo

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Why would you be an asset to VIPets?*

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