About the job
Do you love animals? Do you want to earn extra money on the side looking after dogs and cats? Then being a pet sitter in Chicago could be the perfect job for you. With Rover, you set your own rates and hours for pet sitting and drop-in visits at an owner’s home.
- At least 18 years old
- You love being around animals - dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens.
- Patient, reliable, and trustworthy.
- Communicate with pet owners to learn about pet care information and pet sitting duties.
- Feed and provide water to pets.
- Observe indoor and outdoor play to ensure happiness and safety of the pet.
- Clean, groom, and exercise pets on an as needed basis.
- Communicate with pet owners and provide updates when needed.
- If provided by the owners, administer any necessary medication to pets.
- On average, a Pet Sitter on Rover makes up to $60 per day.
- As a Rover pet sitter in Chicago, you can typically charge around $60 per night for pet sitting and $30 per drop-in visit.
- You set your own rates, not Rover.
- Ability to charge special rates for holidays, additional pets, or type and age of the pets.
- Keep 100% of your tips.
Interested? Here's how to apply
- Hit the APPLY button.
- Sign up on the Rover website and complete your pet sitter profile.
- Pass a background check and profile review.
- Once approved, your profile will be listed on Rover and you’ll be able to start accepting jobs.
How to be successful as Rover Pet Sitter in Chicago
To be a successful pet sitter on Rover, you need a profile that stands out. Here are some tips:
- Write a catchy headline - pet owners will be able to see this when they search.
- Highlight your experience and the reasons why you are a pet sitter.
- Upload high quality images of yourself with pets.
- Encourage your clients to leave reviews - just like Yelp, good 5 star reviews matter.
- Keep your availability calendar up to date - this gives pet owners confidence the times you are available are accurate.
- Respond quickly to inquiries - your response rate is shown on your profile and shows you’re easy to get a hold of.
- Get repeat clients - your number of repeat clients are shown on your profile and gives your better credibility.
- Don’t reject too many jobs, this will negatively affect how high you rank in search results so make sure your profile is accurate with what services you are willing to provide.
- Increase the maximum distance you’ll travel to a client’s home - consider doing pet sitting and drop-in visits in nearby cities throughout Cook county, like Riverside, Oak Park and Forest View.
Rover is an app and website where Chicago pet owners go to find local pet sitters. Owners needing someone to stay overnight or do drop-in visits at their home for their dogs, cats, puppies or kittens use Rover to search for pet sitters based on rates, reviews, and availability.
Frequently asked questions about this gig
As a pet sitter on Rover, you set the rates you want to charge for your pet sitting or drop in visit services. You can also set higher rates during holidays or charge extra for additional pets, type of pets (dogs, cats), and age of pets (such as puppies) in your care. Rover will take a 20% fee, so whatever you charge for your service, you get to keep 80% in addition to 100% of any tips your customers might give outside of Rover.
Payments will be available to withdraw 2 days after you’ve completed the service. Withdrawals via PayPal are free while withdrawals by check incur a small fee.
Background checks typically take 2 days. There is a small $10 upfront fee for the background check. As an independent contractor, this cost is tax deductible.
After submitting your profile, Rover’s sitter team will manually review your profile, which usually takes between 5-10 days. The review team will only approve pet sitters who meet their set of quality standards, so be sure to fill out your Rover profile with enough detail and photos in order to put your best self forward.
Yes, on your profile you can list all the services you want to provide and how much you charge for each. Other services you can offer include dog walking, dog boarding, and doggy daycare.
67% of American households own a pet, and with a population of over 2.7m people and 12.0k people per square mile in Chicago, expect there to be excellent demand for pet sitters in Chicago. If you wanted to offer your pet sitting services to people outside of Chicago, nearby cities and suburbs have over 5.2m people and 5.6k people per square mile, which is a excellent amount of pet owners to market to.