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What is a Pet Care Contract?

Typically, Pet Care Contracts are drafted to set forth the terms and payment details for pet care that will be provided. Signed by the pet sitter and the pet owner, this essential contract helps each party to set expectations. Different from the other websites that you might stumble upon, there is a lot more to Rocket Lawyer than just templates. If the client refuses to pay for your services, or there is any other issue, your membership provides optional access to Document Defense® support from an attorney.

When to use a Pet Care Contract:

  • You have a Will, but want to add details about your digital assets.
  • You want to change details about the digital assets in your Will.

Should a pet care provider always make Pet Care Contracts?

Even if you are doing the job as a favor, it is critical to capture the details of your agreements with those hiring you in writing. You may opt to make a Pet Care Contract because, when made correctly, it can yield the helpful benefits outlined below:


  • There are no surprises about how long the contract will last
  • Both parties know what they are responsible for
  • Fee requirements are well-defined


Ultimately, if you opt not to make this document, neither party will enjoy any of the benefits associated with having one in place.

What does a pet care contract template most often include?

Key details that you might want to include in the Pet Care Contract are:


  • Your client's contact information
  • What fees will be charged and when
  • Whether the care will be ongoing or if it will last for a predetermined period of time
  • What tasks you are committed to performing


As you might hope, Pet Care Contracts that you make with Rocket Lawyer also contain the standard legal language about the independent work relationship, the protection of confidential information, dispute resolution, and lastly, liability for losses. In the process of making your agreement, you also will be able to choose which state's jurisdiction it will be subject to. With the document tool, you have the power to make additional custom alterations, if necessary. If your dog or cat were to be injured or become ill, this Animal Care Contract contains a Vet Release Form so the caretaker could take your furry friend to the vet.

What might I usually have to pay for a lawyer to create a contract for pet care?

The cost of finding and working with your average legal provider might range between hundreds of dollars per hour to thousands in total, if the situation is complex. When you use Rocket Lawyer, your free Pet Care Contract can be tailored to you and your specific needs. Simply click on the "Make document" button to get started. Once you have generated your contract, you can also have it checked by a lawyer in our nationwide network of attorneys.


If you have any questions or concerns before getting started, talk to a lawyer, or check out our larger selection of legal documents for independent contractors.

Is anything else required once a Pet Care Contract is drafted?

Upon completing your document on Rocket Lawyer, you can view it wherever and whenever you choose. You also may engage with the document in any of the following ways: making edits, saving it in PDF format or as a Word file, printing it out, or using RocketSign® to sign it electronically. Your Pet Care Contract will come with its own set of tips on what you should do next. You should make sure to provide a final copy of the fully signed agreement to your client.

Where do I have my Pet Care Contracts evaluated by a professional?

If you opt to do it by yourself, seeking out a lawyer to comment on your agreement can be relatively time-consuming. Sometimes an attorney won't even agree to review contracts that they didn't write. In the event that an attorney does decide to help you, they most likely would still make you pay their standard rate to do it. A more cost-effective route would be through the Rocket Lawyer attorney network. As a Premium member, you can get your contracts reviewed or ask any questions. Whether you decide to make more copies of your Pet Care Agreement or other documents for pet sitters, we are here to support you.

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This (this "Contract") is made effective as of , by and between , of , , , and , of , , .


Whereas wishes to engage and agrees to undertake the services under the terms and provisions defined in this as well as 's Information sheet (Exhibit A), Pet Information sheet (Exhibit B) and the Veterinary Release Form (Exhibit C) which shall all become part of this Contract. Any reference to pets in this contract shall refer to those specified on the Pet Information sheet.


DESCRIPTION OF SERVICES. Beginning on , will provide the following services (collectively, the "Services"):




Additional fees may include the purchase of necessary items for the care of the pet, including but not limited to pet food, litter or cleaning supplies, transportation, unexpected visits and emergency expenses for health care. shall retain and submit receipts as proof of additional expenses.


TERM/TERMINATION. This shall terminate automatically on .


EMERGENCIES. In the event of an emergency, shall contact at the numbers provided to confirm 's choice of action. If cannot be reached in a timely manner, is authorized to:


a. Transport the pet(s) to the listed veterinarian on the attached Veterinary Release Form;

b. Request on-site treatment from a veterinarian;

c. Transport the pet(s) to an emergency clinic if the previous two options are not feasible.


RELATIONSHIP OF PARTIES. It is understood by the parties that is an independent contractor with respect to , and not an employee of . will not provide fringe benefits, including health insurance benefits, paid vacation, or any other employee benefit, for the benefit of .


SECURITY. warrants to keep safe and confidential all keys, remote control entry devices, access codes and personal information of and to return same to at the end of the contract period or immediately upon demand.


LIABILITY. accepts no liability for any breach of security or loss of or damage to 's property if any other person has access to the property during the term of this Contract. shall not be liable for any mishap of whatsoever nature which may befall a pet or caused by a pet who has unsupervised access to the outdoors. is released from all liability related to transporting pet(s) to and from any veterinary clinic or kennel, the medical treatment of the pet(s) and the expense thereof. is released from all liability of injury to pet(s) caused by other pet(s) or animal(s) not under the control of .


ENTIRE AGREEMENT. This Contract contains the entire agreement of the parties, and there are no other promises or conditions in any other agreement whether oral or written.


SEVERABILITY. If any provision of this Contract shall be held to be invalid or unenforceable for any reason, the remaining provisions shall continue to be valid and enforceable. If a court finds that any provision of this Contract is invalid or unenforceable, but that by limiting such provision it would become valid and enforceable, then such provision shall be deemed to be written, construed, and enforced as so limited.


APPLICABLE LAW. This Contract shall be governed by the laws of the State of .







By: Date:







By: Date:







Owner's Information Sheet





Address: , City:





Home Phone:


Work Phone:


Cell Phone:



E-mail Address:





Exhibit B



Pet Information Sheet


Pet Name Age Gender Species Color



Any history of biting?


Feeding Instructions:


Medication Instructions:





Veterinary Release Form














I hereby authorize the attending veterinarian to treat any of my pets as listed on the Pet Information sheet and I accept full responsibility for all fees and charges incurred in the treatment of any of my pets.


is authorized to transport my pet to and from the veterinary clinic for treatment or to request "on-site" treatment if deemed necessary. If I cannot be reached in case of an emergency, shall act on my behalf to authorize any treatment excluding euthanasia.


Pet Sitters Full Name:




Date: _________________________


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