Barks and Recreation Policies

Reservations

Please be sure to book your visits or long-term care with Christie via email or phone. For long-term care and pet sitting, we contact you the week prior to discuss any last minute requests and to verify the times and days that you will be away. If you don't hear from us, please never hesitate to contact Christie with any questions or concerns. She will return your call within 24 hours. If we expect to be unavailable for pet sitting for holidays or any other signficant period of time, we will do our best to inform you of this well in advance to aid in your planning. Thank you for your understanding.

Cancellations

Our cancellation policies are different for each of our services. We require cancellations to be submitted at least one day in advance for regular care. Same-day cancellations will be charged a $10 fee. We require a full 14 days notice of cancellation for holiday visits and long-term care. Doggy Vacation clients will not receive a refund of their deposit.  

Doggy Vacation Policies

Due to the popularity of Doggy Vacation the following policies are in place to help with scheduling and availability:

  • Drop off and pick up time is mandatory for booking.
  • A 50% deposit is due at time of booking; this is credited to your invoice.
  • Doggy Vacation is based on 24 hours of care. There is an extra fee of $15 for 6 hours, $20 for 7+ hours. *Based on availability* 
  • Bordetella, tick prevention and rabies vaccinations must be up to date.
  • Dog taxis are available for drop-off and pick-up for a small additional fee.
  • From June – Labor Day there is a one-week booking minimum, you are welcome to book care for more than a week. 

Holidays

Barks and Recreation charges a holiday premium visit fee of $10  on the following dates. We only provide limited pet sitting services, based on availability.

  • New Year’s Day
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Presidents’ Day
  • Easter
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Columbus Day
  • Thanksgiving and Friday immediately after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Eve and Day

Job Sharing

Barks and Recreation is a professional pet sitter, and have made the job we love into a career. We pride ourselves on the services we provide while caring for your pets and your home while you’re away. That is why our Policies and Procedures make clear that Barks and Recreation Pet Services, LLC does not believe in job sharing (shared responsibility) over the pets or house with any other parties.  This includes housekeepers, handymen, or even friends.  We feel strongly about this policy because it minimizes confusion; we cannot vouch or be responsible for treatment of the pets or the home given by a third party when we are either present or in between pet sits. It is possible that pets can be overfed, given extra medication, etc. due to a lack of communication or understanding. As a professional pet sitter, we take this responsibility very seriously and let our service speak for us. 

Severe or Extreme Weather

During severe weather, your walker will make every effort to balance performing services with the general safety and well being of dog and walker alike. Should a service need to be shortened due to severe weather, the walker will note this and make up the time at a later date.

Severe weather includes:

  • Thunder storms
  • Heavy rain
  • Temperatures over 90 degrees or below 19 degrees

Same-day cancellation due to extreme weather conditions may be made at no fee.  Barks and Recreation also makes every effort to follow the requests of the local and state authorities.

Extreme weather includes:

  • Snowstorm causing school cancellations
  • Severe flooding
  • Any weather causing a state of emergency

For long-term care we highly recommend using a neighbor as an emergency contact.