Visits to your home

Services

We are presently equipped to pet sit for: cats, rabbits, domesticated pigs, guinea pigs, ferrets, most rodents, birds, and most fish. With significant advance notice and preparation we can usually accept most reptiles and amphibians as well. For any visits to your home for dogs, please see our dog walking information page.

Price: $27
Length: 15 Minutes
What is included: Essential Visits can include giving food, water, litter scooping (as needed), and basic (non-invasive) medication administration for up to three (3) indoor animals. They are ideal for clients on a budget or those who have pets who simply wouldn’t enjoy the company of strangers. If your pet does enjoy or would benefit from playtime or socialization, we’re happy to spend any remaining time after preparing the essentials socializing with your pet.
Price: $35
Length: 30 Minutes
What’s Included: Socialized visits include all the essentials services described above, as well as photo updates, increased playtime, brushing, and whatever manner of companionship your pet(s) prefer and you instruct us to provide for up to three (3) indoor animals.
Packages are paid for up-front via PayPal, and can be used for up to one year from the date of the first visit. Package visits can be used on holiday weekends without an additional holiday fee, with several restrictions:

  • New packages that will be used for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend cannot be purchased after November 1.
  • New packages that will be used for the week of Christmas or the week of New Year’s cannot be purchased after December 1.
  • Customers with unused package visits from previous purchases may book holiday service using those visits if they book by November 15th for the week of Thanksgiving and by December 15th for the week of Christmas or New Year’s.

No refunds or cancellations will be issued once purchased for any reason except the death of the animal(s) or obvious negligence on behalf of Patrick’s Pet Care.


$230 for 10 Essentials Visits ….. $23 each




$400 for 20 Essentials Visits ….. $20 each




$300 for 10 Socialized Visits ….. $30 each




$540 for 20 Socialized Visits ….. $27 each




$265 for 10 Combination Social/Essential … $26.50 each





Service Area

The blue area represents our primary pet sitting service areas. The red areas represent our extended service areas which can be covered, but not without 72 hours notice and inclusive of a $2.00/visit surcharge. Requests for service outside these red and blue areas will be considered, but for an extended service area fee between $5 and $10 per visit. Patrick’s Pet Care only operates in the District of Columbia..

Patricks Pet Care Home Pet Sitting Service Areas

Features

  • One email update per visit with photos (unless your pet is hiding and wouldn’t want to be pursued for a photo)
  • Online scheduling, invoicing, and payments
  • E-verified and GPS-tracked visits using third party service provider: Pet Check Technology
  • High quality and reliable service
  • Insured, trained and bonded associates who are paid at least a living wage in the District of Columbia
  • Mail, newspaper, and/or package collection (up to 25lbs)
  • Tidying of all pet areas and removal of trash (for trips lasting at least 3 visits or 48 hours)
  • Basic indoor plant watering with specific instructions from the customer

Fees

Orientation………….$20

One time fee that covers our initial consultation with a manager and orientation to your home. This fee is waived for package clients.

Key Pick and/or Drop Off……………….$15

First time key pick up is included in orientation, but any additional trips that Patrick’s Pet Care needs to make regarding the pick up or drop off of keys will be charged at $15.
If, after your first trip, you decide to let us keep your key on file you will never have to pay this again. If you prefer not to have your key kept on file you can still drop off and pick up your key from our office lockbox in Columbia Heights 24/7 free of charge.

Holiday Fees: ………….. $5.00 additional fee per visit on all federal holidays, the weekends preceding federal holidays that fall on a Monday, the weekends following federal holidays that fall on a Friday, the three days prior to and three days following Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and the entire week between Christmas and New Year’s Day. Holiday fees are waived for package clients.

Emergency Service Requests (less than 24 hours notice) for new clients: ………. $50

Emergency Service Requests (less than 24 hours) for existing clients: ………. $25

Last Minute Requests (less than 48 hours) for all clients clients: …… $10

Key duplication (two complete sets required): $5.00 per key

Locksmith for lockouts if customers do not provide keys to ALL locks: $110, at a minimum

Additional litter boxes beyond two: $2.00 each per visit. This fee is waived for Socialized Visits

Complex food preparation and administration (different types for different animals, precise medication mixtures, different feeding locations for different animals): $5.00 per visit. This fee is waived for Package Clients

Invasive oral or topical medication administration: $5.00 per pet per medication per visit

If your pet is “good” about taking his or her medication, or if it’s simply added to his/her food we are happy to do that free of additional charge. Administration is “invasive” when it must be done forcibly or under duress.

Invasive non-oral, non-topical medication administration: $15.00 per pet per administration per visit
Additional animals pets beyond (3): $2.00 each per visit

Complex food preparation and administration (different types for different animals, precise medication mixtures, different feeding locations for different animals): $5.00 per visit. This fee is waived for Package Clients

Invasive oral or topical medication administration: $5.00 per pet per medication per visit

If your pet is “good” about taking his or her medication, or if it’s simply added to his/her food we are happy to do that free of additional charge. Administration is “invasive” when it must be done forcibly or under duress.

Invasive non-oral, non-topical medication administration: $15.00 per pet per administration per visit

Additional litter boxes beyond two: $2.00 each per visit. This fee is waived for Socialized Visits

Pet supply pick up and delivery: $20 for up to 4 items in a trip, weighing not more than 20lbs, plus reimbursement of expenses.

Replacement Pet Check Technology QR code magnet: $5.00 (our cost)

Rabbit Hutch Cleaning: $10.00 per cleaning

Special needs clients/pets: evaluated on a case by case basis

Discounts

Patrick’s Pet Care regular mid-day dog walking clients receive $5.00 off each pet sitting visit if your canine is an overnight guest at Patrick’s during pet sitting visits

Policies and Terms of Service

Most times, pet sitting reservations are invoiced via our Pet Check system, and customers will receive an invoice after service, every two weeks on Sunday evening.
During holiday seasons, pet sitting reservations are paid in full up front to confirm service dates.
Any unpaid balances will have compounded 15% interest added after the first 60 days and every 30 days thereafter until the balance is paid.
Accounts left unpaid after 90 days will be referred to Cavalry Portfolio Services for collections.
“On Demand” customers who provide at least two week’s notice will receive a full refund of any payments made. “On Demand” customers who provide less than two weeks’ notice will receive a credit toward a future reservation. Any customer who cancels with less than 72 hours notice will not receive a refund or credit. Reservations made for the Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year holidays will not be refunded under any circumstances if within 4 weeks of the start of the pet sit.
All visits are conducted during daylight hours, which is slightly dependant on season, but can generally be assumed to mean between 7am and 7pm, and never after 9pm. Customers who have preferences for alternate or specific timing must say so in advance.
On rare occasion, usually during extremely high demand periods like Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year’s, a visit might take place as late as 10pm. This would be highly unusual, but it is possible.
We do not offer exact appointment times for pet sitting visits. At a minimum, we require a two-hour service window during which the visit can take place. Visit timing is kept consistent from day to day if at all possible.
The length of purchased visits is meant to include a period of approximately one minute for entry/exit prior to and following the Pet Check scan, resulting in an official time that may fall up to one minute below 15 or 30 minutes.
Patrick’s Pet Care can provide visits up to four times in a 24 hour period. Patrick’s Pet Care cannot provide visits less frequently than once every other day. To be clear: Patrick’s Pet Care will not assume responsibility for a pet or household that will be visited every third, or fourth day.
All clients must provide Patrick’s Pet Care with two (2) complete sets of keys to the home for the duration of the pet sit. Keys left at a building front desk that is available from 7am-7pm, seven days per week (including holidays), without cost to Patrick’s, may fulfill the role of one of these complete sets. In cases where a building fob is required, one fob will do. Calling client cell phones via call boxes to be buzzed in at each visit will not do. Patrick’s Pet Care is happy to duplicate keys at client expense.
Special note for the Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Holiday period visits: during this period (which can last as long as three weeks) keys being left at the front desk are not acceptable. All customers requesting services from Patrick’s Pet Care during these times must furnish two complete sets of keys. Customers who cannot or are unwilling to comply with this policy will be respectfully referred to other companies.
  • Patrick’s Pet Care maintains an office lockbox in Columbia Heights that is accessible to clients 24/7 to drop off and pick up their key(s). However, for security and logistical reasons, customers who return on a weekend or holiday should not depend on or assume that their key will be in the lockbox for them to pick up without making arrangements to that effect before the trip or pet sit begins.
  • Customers can expect that after they have returned from their trip they can request that their key be left out for pick up and expect that the request will be honored and acknowledged during normal business hours.
  • Customers should absolutely never give the only means of gaining access to their own home to Patrick’s Pet Care.
  • Customers should absolutely never ask Patrick’s Pet Care to lock their keys in their home, and in so doing lock Patrick’s Pet Care out. Doing so is against company policy.
Patrick’s Pet Care maintains a wonderful staff of caretakers, all of whom are trained, bonded, insured, experienced, and paid at least a District of Columbia living wage of $15 per hour. Patrick’s Pet Care reserves the right to assign any one of our staff to your pet sit, with the understanding that full contact information will always be provided upon request. Patrick’s Pet Care makes every effort to have the visits done by the same person every time, and if that’s not possible (especially for long pet sits with everyday visits that span multiple weeks) that the visits be done by the fewest number of different people as possible.
Patrick’s Pet Care management meets all new clients personally and we schedule consultations through our website using the “Book a Pet Sitter” button at patrickspetcare.com. Depending on the notice, client availability, and pre-existing staff schedules, we also make a point to introduce all clients to their caretaker, if that person is different from management. However, for short notice reservations, this is not always possible.
Patrick’s provides real time GPS-tracked visit updates via e-mail, with photos at each and every visit with the help of our third party provider Pet Check Technology
An important note about appointment times: the appointment time that a customer might see in the Pet Check Technology website, is not necessarily the time that the appointment will actually happen.
Patrick’s Pet Care reserves the right to refuse service to any person, for any reason, including but not limited to:
Customer failing to disclose a serious medical condition about their pet.
Customer insisting that Patrick’s Pet Care provide services in a way that Patrick’s Pet Care considers unethical
Customer refusing to pay past outstanding bills
Customer treating members of the Patrick’s Pet Care staff with disrespect

“Customers who return on a weekend or holiday should not depend on or assume that their key will be in the lockbox for them to pick up without making arrangements to that effect before the trip or pet sit begins.” under the “key drop off, pick up and return” section of the pet sitting policies and Terms section