Ana from Auckland recently joined Share My Pet as a pet carer. Can you imagine…
Dave and I love our fur babies! They are our family, and their happiness and safety are paramount, especially when it comes to pet sharing. I am sure all fur parents feel the same.
We understand that the concept of pet sharing is relatively new, and it might seem daunting. It is important to remember that the safety and happiness of your pet is the most important aspect. As an owner, you are in total control, at all times, over who you choose to share your pet with.
As such, the safety of all our animal members is at the heart of Share My Pet.
How can we make sure our pets stay safe when pet sharing?
Pet sharing requires time and thought. It is not a quick-fix solution to your pet care needs. Rather it is a relationship of trust built up over time. It requires work from both the Sharer and Carer to form clear communication channels, get to know each other and the animal(s) involved, and understand care requirements, commands, and each other’s expectations about pet sharing.
The Process of Safe Pet Sharing
- Initially, contact should be made via the website’s messenger system. Your home address is always kept private. This means that you start your communication with other members without giving personal details away.
- After you have contacted another member and feel they may be a good match, you will need to meet in the real world. We highly recommend that you first meet in a public place.
- Spend time together as Sharer, Carer, and pet. This may take
multiplemeetings. Take time to make sure it feels right. Get to know each other.
- Once you both decide that you’re a good match, you can exchange phone numbers and personal contact details.
- Try to be clear with each other about what you would like to get out of the exchange.
- If at any point a meeting or communication doesn’t feel right it is your right to discontinue . Trust your intuition. Trust your pets intuition too.
- By the time your pet goes on their first pet sharing date they are spending time with a new friend and someone you trust.
We at Share My Pet wish to promote good and safe pet care
To make pet sharing as safe as possible for your pet we highly encourage our members to take the following steps:
Insure your pet
Vet bills can be extremely expensive, and you don’t want to be making a choice between expensive vet fees and your pet’s life. As such, we have our dogs insured and it has come in handy on more than one occasion. Pet insurance gives you the peace of mind that in the case of an accident or injury your pets health care is in good hands.
Share My Pet recommends all dogs and cats, and other pets where appropriate, be microchipped. Also, it is NZ law to microchip all dogs first registered from 1 July 2006 (except stock working farm dogs, which are exempt).
To make returning a lost pet easier we highly recommend registering your pet with the Animal Companion Register. They are a non-profit organisation whose mission is to return lost pets to their owners. They charge a one-off registration fee for your pet to be put on their database. Also they now have some neat pet facial recognition software to make finding your pet even easier. For more information please follow this link:
The New Zealand Companion Animal Register
Pet first aid course
Why not attend a pet first aid course? This is a great thing to do as a pet owner or as a pet carer. I did this fantastic course with Josie from Pet First Aid and Training. It was informative, well-run and could save an animal’s life.
Wishing You Happy and Safe Pet Sharing
To read about some of our happy and positive pet sharing stories click here
We are always ready and available to help you find a purrfect match.
Woofs & Wags
Lili & Dave