Feathers & Fur Petcare

Find out more about our services!

If you’re considering our services, please feel free to contact us with any additional questions or concerns you may have. We can then setup a FREE meet and greet so we can make sure we’re a great match for your pets. We know not all pets are the same,! At your free Meet and Greet, we will also make a customized care plan for your pets, so the frequency and lengths of your visits are tailored specifically to your pets needs.

Our address

Virginia Beach, VA

Send us e-mail: info@ffpetcare.com

Call us: 757-632-6334

We work from Monday till Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What happens at the free consultation?

Your primary pet sitter, and possibly a back up pet sitter, will come to your consultation to answer all of your questions about our service. You and your pets will have an opportunity to get to know the person who will be spending time with them in your home.

We will then confirm what services will best meet your needs, we will go over any specific requests or requirements that your pets have, and you can walk us through any routines you have at your home. Once all of your questions have been answered, and you decide that you want to hire us, we will complete the contract process, confirm all of your contact information, and take our copies of the house keys.

Click here to schedule your free consultation!

Is Feathers & Fur Petcare insured and bonded?

Absolutely!   We know the importance of protecting both our clients, and their homes, and we always carried liability insurance, as well as, requiring all of our employees to be bonded.

Can I trust my dog walker or pet sitter?

We know that trust is at the center of all of our client relationships.  Not only trust with our clients, but trust with their pets.  To ensure this, we ONLY hire employees, and not independent contractors.  This enables us to require that all of our staff members are not only covered under our liability insurance, and bonded, but are also background checked after an extensive interview process.

In addition to this, each staff member goes through a very thorough training process that includes Pet First Aid & CPR certification, and continuing pet care education, so that they always know how to properly care for, and protect, your home and pets.

What is a professional dog walker or pet sitter?

For client’s who love their pets unconditionally, and know the value of a trusted service provider – professionals are a must!

A professional dog walker, or pet sitter, generally runs their business as a full-time living, so they are focused and dedicated exclusively to your pet’s care.  They are licensed, bonded, and insured, and have a much more extensive knowledge of pet care than someone who does dog walking or pet sitting as a hobby.

For more reasons why hiring a professional is the best option for you and your pet, check our page here!

Why should I hire a professional dog walker?

We’re so glad you asked!  Even though dogs may not “need” a potty break during the day, they can get awfully lonely and bored sitting at home by themselves.  It’s important for dogs of all ages to not only stay active, but also stay stimulated.  The VCA has a wonderful article on all the specific health benefits, both mental and physical.

 

How much does a dog walker cost?

Rates for dog walking can vary widely depending on the region you live in, just like many other personal services.

At Feathers & Fur Pet Care, our rates are all inclusive!  We only charge for the amount of time spent at the visit.  There are never any extra charges for walking multiple pets, walking puppies, or anything!  If you’re not at home when we visit, in addition to stimulating exercise and play time, we’ll also make sure that your dog has fresh water, hasn’t had any accidents, and can also give meals, medications, or anything else that is needed,  It’s an all-in-one service.

For our most current rates, see our rates page here!

How much does a pet sitter cost?

Rates for dog walking can vary widely depending on the region you live in, just like many other personal services.

At Feathers & Fur Pet Care, our rates for both dog walking and pet sitting are all inclusive!  We only charge for the amount of time spent at the visit.  There are never any extra charges for multiple pets, giving medications, feedings, or anything!  If you’re out of town during your pet visits, we’ll also make sure that your home is secure including taking in mail, alternating lights and blinds, watching for any suspicious activity, and even light plant care. It’s an all-in-one home and pet care service!

For our most current rates, see our rates page here!

Should I tip my pet sitter or dog walker?

Like many personal services, tips are never expected, but always very appreciated!  You have the ability to leave a tip with your invoice payment, or you can even leave a cash tip for the sitter to pick up at their first visit.  All tips go 100% to the sitter!

How often and How long are visits?

That’s up to you!

At the time of your consultation, we will develop a pet care plan with you. We do our best to tailor visits to your needs, and the needs of your pets. You can customize the length of the visit, and whether it includes a walk or not. You can also request visits of varying lengths throughout your time away.

Visits are spaced appropriately. For two visits a day, visits are spaced no more than 12 hours apart. For 3 visits a day, we space our visits at no more than 8 hours between them during the day, and no more than 12 hours between a bed time and morning visit.

Dog walks can be 30 minutes, 45 minutes, or 60 minutes.

Do you provide boarding services?

No. We believe in in-home care, which is why we have chosen not to provide boarding services. However, we do have sitters who can remain at the client’s home. This is our overnight care service, which is VERY popular. Our client’s love knowing that their dog is safe and stress free in their own home, with someone who loves them as much as they do! It also provides extra peace of mind for home security.

Are there additional charges for holidays?

Holidays incur an additional 20%  surcharge. This charge is to thank our sitters for their work when most people are spending time with their families. This charge applies on all major federal holidays, and includes the holiday, plus additional dates before and after the holiday.  Please contact us if you have questions about specific dates for surcharges.

Overnight care on any holiday incurs an additional $50 for the overnight visit only (in addition to the regular surcharge). Other visits on this day incur only the regular surcharge.

How will I be billed?

Pre-payment is required for clients on vacation, including those with multiple daytime visits and/or overnight visits. Requiring pre-payment allows us to reduce the risk and costs of potential collection actions, or outright non-payment. This, in turn, enables us to keep our rates competitive! The invoice will be sent upon booking, and is due on or before the day that services begin. If you return early, your remaining visits can be credited to future services.

For clients who book mid-day daily visits and do not choose to pre-pay, you receive an invoice twice a month on the 1st and the 15th. Payment is within 10 days from receipt of invoice.

Any payments that are paid more than 30 days after the billing date will be charged a $35 late fee. In addition, invoices more than 30 days past due will result in suspended services until the account is paid in full. Subsequent visits will require prepayment.

What is your cancellation policy?

At Feathers & Fur, we are extremely familiar with how often schedules can change, and have a fairly flexible cancellation policy.

Daily Visits: You may cancel your visit up to and until your sitter is in their vehicle and on their way to, or has already arrived at your visit. If you request a cancellation, and your sitter notifies us that they are en route, the visit will be charged, though you may still request we not come.

Vacation Visits: We require 48 hours notice for cancellation of any scheduled vacation visits. Cancellations made less than 48 hours prior to the start of services will results in 50% charge for all cancelled visits, as our sitters have scheduled their time accordingly, and are unable to accept any further assignments. This does not apply should you have to return from a vacation earlier than expected.

How much notice do you require for a visit?

Visits can be scheduled up as far as in advance as you would like, and for whatever length of time you need or prefer. We do, however, require visits be scheduled at least 24 hours in advance for current clients. Visits scheduled after these times will incur a $10 late scheduling fee. This allows our sitters to schedule and plan their days accordingly. We do have a flexible cancellation policy as mentioned above, and we always prefer that you book and then cancel if you’re not sure whether we will be needed.

For new clients, consultations must be scheduled at least 72 hours in advance of the first service date.