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What is a Pet Sitting Contract?

Pet sitters and pet owners use Pet Sitting Contracts for the purpose of documenting the details of work to be performed. With signatures from both the pet owner and the pet sitter, this contract helps define each party's respective expectations and limit conflicts. Unlike the other websites you may come across, there is a lot more to Rocket Lawyer than just templates. In the event of missed payments or another problem, your Premium membership offers the optional benefit of Document Defense® support from an attorney in our network.

When to use a Pet Sitting Contract:

  • You're hiring a pet sitter for when you're at work or out of town.
  • You're providing pet sitting services to a pet owner.

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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"):

 

PAYMENT FOR 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 .

 

 

 

PARTY CONTRACTING SERVICES:

 

 

By: Date:

 

 

 

PET SITTER:

 

 

By: Date:

 

 

 

EXHIBIT A

 

 

Owner's Information Sheet

 

 

Name:

 

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:

 

 

EXHIBIT C

 

Veterinary Release Form

 

 

 

 

 

 

,

 

 

 

 

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN

 

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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Pet Sitting Contract FAQs

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  • Should a pet sitter always write Pet Sitting Contracts?

    Even if you are doing the work as a favor, you should always create a Pet Sitting Contract. This list of benefits may help to inform your decision to use one:

    • Payment requirements are well-defined
    • Roles and responsibilities are understood by everyone
    • Neither party is surprised by how long the agreement lasts

    A few consequences of not having this document in place may include incomplete payments, unclear due dates, and incorrect assumptions, among other potential concerns.

  • What details should my contract for pet sitting cover?

    In order to complete your Pet Sitting Contract with Rocket Lawyer, you'll need to prepare the following information:

    • The pet owner's full name and address
    • How much it will cost and when payment is due
    • How long the agreement will last
    • What services will be delivered

    As expected, this Pet Sitting Agreement built on Rocket Lawyer also includes the standard legalese with regard to the independent work relationship between the parties, confidentiality, the method(s) of dispute resolution, and finally, indemnity for losses. As you build your agreement, you also will be able to decide the jurisdiction under which it will be governed. More personalized editing is possible, as necessary.

  • What might I typically need to pay to get a pet sitting contract template prepared by an attorney?

    The fees associated with finding and hiring the average law firm could add up to anywhere between hundreds of dollars to thousands, depending on the level of complexity. When you use Rocket Lawyer, every Pet Sitting Contract that you create can be created especially for you. Simply tap or click the "Make document" button to get started. Once you have produced your contract, you may also find it helpful to have a Rocket Lawyer On Call® attorney review it.

    If you've got any particular doubts or questions before getting started, you can always ask an attorney . You might also like to browse our entire collection of business legal documents .

  • What should I do once I create my Pet Sitting Agreement?

    Alongside your Pet Sitting Contract, there is a series of directions on what you should do next. You also may engage with the contract in any of these ways: editing, printing it out, downloading it as a Word or PDF file, and getting electronic signatures through RocketSign®. Most importantly, as a best practice, you should provide a final copy of your fully signed agreement to the pet owner.

  • Where do I have my Pet Sitting Contracts looked at by a lawyer?

    If you attempt it by yourself, locating a legal professional to give feedback on contracts may be relatively time-consuming. Certain attorneys won't even agree to review a document if they weren't the person who worked on it. If a lawyer does decide to offer advice, they would still demand a fee to do so. A more cost-effective way to double-check your document would be through the Rocket Lawyer attorney network. When you become a Premium member, you can get your contracts reviewed or ask any legal questions. Whether you end up creating more copies of your Pet Sitting Agreement or other documents for pet sitters, we are by your side.

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