People love their pets, which is why when they go out of town, they want someone to keep an eye on them. However, there has to be a someone to do it, which is why rover.com exists.
This website connects people looking to make extra money through pet sitting with people who need pet sitters. If you love dogs, then this might be exactly what you're looking for to put extra cash in your pocket.
And it doesn't stop at just pet sitting, but you can make extra money walking dogs for people who are unable to do so or just simply don't have the time.
What is Rover.com?
Right off the bat, Rover says it's the largest network of loving pet sitters and dog walkers. People needing services search for the service they need, connect with you by sending messages and possibly meeting in person, and then they book you and pay through the website. It's that simple.
This is a service that works well for people that are on vacation, working long hours, or the disabled who are in need to keep their dogs in good physical condition. If you are up for the challenge of helping people with their dogs, then this may be exactly what you need. Here is a breakdown of the services that you can provide:
- Dog boarding – The dog stays overnight with you
- House sitting – You stay overnight at the dog owner's house, taking care of the dog and the home
- Dog walking – You can take the dog on a 30-minute walk
- Doggy day care – The dog stays at your house during the day
- Drop-in visits – You check in on the dog during the day while the owner is gone
Becoming a Rover.com Service Provider
To do this, you first have to become a service provider. You do this by hitting the “Get Started” button on the “Become a Sitter” page.
You will create a profile and this does involve a background check. Every profile that is created is manually reviewed within one week. Once the profile is approved, dog owners can begin sending requests. The website says you could earn as much as $1,000 or more per month and you are automatically paid through rover.com's secure platform. You have:
- The freedom to choose your services
- The freedom to choose your schedule
- You choose your rates
- Access to hundreds of dog owners in your area
Rover.com provides pet owners, sitters, and dog walkers with insurance coverage. This gives all parties involved peace of mind. It does come with a $500 deductible per claim. Pet owners are responsible for the deductible if their pet is injured. Sitters and dog walkers are responsible for the deductible if their own pets are hurt (think dog fight). There are no separate fees for the insurance for the bookings made on the site.
The owner receives up to $25,000 per dog in the care of a sitter or walker. The sitter or walker receives $5,000 in coverage for their own pets.
General liability is $2 million per occurrence and up to $3 million general aggregate. There is no deductible in this case.
Professional liability is covered up to $1 million and so is general aggregate. Both have a $500 deductible covered by the pet owner.
The coverage doesn't include the sitter or walker's personal property or injuries to that person or anyone living in their home. Injuries to the pet owner are not covered, nor are treatment costs for vet bills due to dog illness or a pre-existing condition. Any damages caused during the meet and greet are also not covered.
Pros and Cons of Rover.com
Rover.com generally has some very good reviews, so it appears that the pet owners and the sitters and dog walkers are having good experiences. The main complaint is in regards to the insurance. There are some individuals that have experienced incidents and they have said that the protection is hard to get.
Some sitters have stated that dog owners haven't been honest about their dogs being house trained or good with other pets and then there is no way to relieve themselves of a dangerous dog in or around their homes while the owner is gone. In other words, the sitter isn't able to pass the dog on to another sitter in the area who may have a better environment for an aggressive dog.
There is also the risk of being accused of being responsible for a dog injury or illness.
As far as how much Rover takes for a booking, they take 20% of what you make, which is rather high compared to other booking services of different types.
If you love dogs, this may be one you want to try. You could get some regulars that turn to you to watch their dogs and this can help you build long-term and safe relationships with them and their dogs.