for Traveling Pet Owners or Animal Lovers Seeking Income

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As a pet mom who travels often, I know how important it is to find excellent, reliable care for my animal friends while I’m away from home. offers in-home pet-sitting, plus dog-walking services and lodging options in the pet sitter’s residence. Animal enthusiasts seeking income will also appreciate Rover for the opportunity to make money doing something they love…spending time with dogs, cats or other pets. Read this Q&A with Rover to learn why this website is a traveler’s best friend, as well as why and how to become one of their trusted pet sitters.

Many pets prefer to stay in a home with while their human friends are away

Many pets (like my dog, Pongo) prefer to stay in a home while their human friends are away (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

What was the inspiration for and when did the company launch? 

“The idea for grew out of a negative experience co-founder Greg Gottesman had with his dog at a traditional kennel. He was on vacation when his dog, Ruby Tuesday, was injured at a high-end boarding kennel in Seattle. When his 9-year-old daughter said she would have paid to take care of someone else’s dog, Gottesman saw a business. He and his team pitched the idea for, a website connecting dog owners with dog sitters, at the 2011 Startup Weekend in Seattle and won top prize.”

If your dog could talk, he'd tell you to book

If your dog could talk, he’d tell you to book (Photo provided by

Why should travelers seeking a pet sitter choose

  • Community ratings: Our highest rated sitters are 5-star sitters—and we have many. A 5-star rating is the highest compliment a sitter can earn, based on reviews written by owners whose dogs have completed stays with them. To learn how a sitter is likely to care for someone’s dog, we encourage pet parents to read those reviews and testimonials from the sitter’s former clients or community members.
  • Background checks: Sitters with the Background Check badge displayed on their profile have successfully passed a general background check.
  • Meet & greet: We encourage each sitter and pet parent to schedule an in-person Meet & Greet before booking a stay. It’s the best way for them to observe how the sitter and their dog get along and determine whether the sitter is right for their dog.” isn't just for dogs! isn’t just for dogs! (Photo credit:

Is for dogs only, or what kinds of pets are welcomed? 

“Rover isn’t just for dogs! Sitters on Rover have looked after cats, birds, horses, pigs, and even lizards and fish.”

Why should animal lovers seeking some extra income choose to work with 

“Pet sitters and dog walkers on Rover can earn $1,000 or more per month. Each person has the freedom to choose his own services, schedule and rates. One of the added benefits is that Rover sitters can work from their own home and they can schedule their work around their availability.”

A pet sitter snuggling up to a pup

A pet sitter snuggling up to a pup (Photo provided by

If I want to become a sitter, what steps do I need to take? 

“Start by visiting to create a free account and apply online. Click ‘Become a Sitter’ for information about starting a sitting business with Rover, and then ‘Create your profile’ to begin the application. Once you have answered the questions and finished the first part of the application, we’ll ask you to request a testimonial and complete other actions to enhance your profile. Our team then manually reviews each sitter and dog walker profile, which details your experience and background, as well as references and third-party verifications. Each new sitter and dog walker also completes a general background check and a safety quiz. Once a sitter or dog walker’s profile is active on Rover, pet parents who have booked services provide public reviews of their experiences.” has hundreds of loving homes near you has hundreds of loving homes near you (Photo provided by

What else should we know about

“Although there are some other companies trying to provide solutions to pet parents, is both the largest and the fastest-growing network of dog lovers in the U.S. with over 65,000 sitters. Currently there is a sitter within a short drive of 92 percent of Americans. also offers unparalleled support before, during, and after the stay with complimentary premium insurance for all services booked through the platform, emergency support, a reservation guarantee, 24/7 access to vet consultation, mobile apps, photo sharing, videos of stay highlights, and optional sitter background checks.

See if you qualify to become a dog walker on Rover today, and start making $1,000 or more per month. (Curious about what you can charge? Here are rates of top dog walkers in Miami and top dog walkers in Austin.)”

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Get a $20 off when you book your first Rover pet sitting or dog walking service. Visit their site now to take advantage of this offer!

What do you think about’s pet-sitting or dog-walking services? Would you consider becoming a pet sitter with Let us know in the comments below!

A Note from The Travel Mama: This story is brought to you in partnership with All opinions are mine, as always.

About Colleen Lanin

Colleen Lanin is the founder/editor-in-chief of As the author of her book, "The Travel Mamas' Guide," she teaches parents not only how to survive a trip with children, but also how to love exploring the world with their offspring. Her stories have appeared online and in print for such outlets as the "Today" show,, Parenting Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, Chicago Tribune, Expedia, San Diego Family Magazine, and more. Colleen gives tips on television, radio, and as a public speaker. She has a master’s degree in business administration with a background in marketing. She lives in Arizona with her husband and two kids.

  1. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle says

    That sounds like so much fun for any animal lover. I love the idea of getting paid to have time with the pooches!

  2. Reesa Lewandowski says

    This is great to know! My dog is older and I won’t put him in boarding. This is a great option!

  3. This sounds like a great site. I have never heard of it.

  4. This sounds like a great service for dog lovers who want to travel. ITs also great for people like me who don’t want To board their pets.

  5. This is such a nice idea. Being able to drop off your pet somewhere you can trust sounds really nice. The ratings and background check badges are really nice features.

  6. Janell Poulette says

    Wow this sounds like a wonderful service. Although i don’t have any dogs, many of my friends do and they travel a lot. This would be very beneficial to them and they could travel with ease knowing they’re pets are in good hands.

  7. Rover sounds like a great service! My female boxer was too high energy for our local kennel and they kicked her out. We’d definitely use the service to find someone who can handle her needs while we travel!

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says

      Oh, I love boxers! I hope you find a wonderful pet sitter for your high energy pup on

  8. Tonia Sanders @TheChattyMomma says

    I’ll have to share this info with our neighbor. She travels a lot and if we can’t watch her pets then she can use Rover.

  9. What a great service for both pet owners and animal lovers. There’s many times that we don’t get to go places because I hate the thought of leaving our furbabies in a kennel.

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says

      Kristin – I know what you mean. I feel so much more comfortable when my dog is home with a good sitter.

  10. Toni | Boulder Locavore says

    Such an awesome idea! Such a win win for pet owners and dog lovers who wants to earn!

  11. Ourfamilyworld says

    This is a great idea.. Very good service and helpful for animal lovers and owners.

  12. dana vento says

    This is perfect ideas for the travelers who needs a help to take care their pets while they are on a trip.

  13. Seattle Travel Blogger says

    This looks like a great service for pet owners.
    Also, it looks like a nice opportunity for employment for pet lovers!

  14. Ann Bacciaglia says

    I will have to check out Rover. It would be a great way for my Sister to make some extra cash. Is is a huge animal lover and has the perfect house and yard for it.

  15. I often travel with my dog, but there are times that it’s just not practical to take him with us and the kids are busy and not always able to give him the attention he needs. This service would be perfect. And I wouldn’t mind watching someone else’s pet either.

  16. What a great idea. So many pet owners like to travel with their pets but not all places are pet friendly so this great for when the owner wants to eat out or enjoy a museum where pets aren’t welcome.

  17. I love this idea. I dont have pets but I have plenty of friends who do and always looking to see if someone would watch their pet. This is a great option if someone couldnt find a family friend to do it.

  18. Dawn McAlexander says

    That would be great for travelers like myself. I hate leaving my poor dogs here alone when I am traveling. I should take advantage of this service.

  19. It’s nice to know your pets are somewhere you can trust while you travel. It would be hard to enjoy yourself if you had to worry.

  20. Joyce Brewer says

    I live in Atlanta where there seems to be more pets than people. There’s always a need for pet sitters.

  21. Louise Bishop says

    This is SO important to me. I’m always scared to leave them with strangers.

  22. Christina Aliperti says

    This is an amazing service. We can’t leave our furbabies with just anyone, so this is perfect.

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