Your furry friends are undoubtedly an amazing and inseparable part of your life. But you may not always be able to keep them company due to your work schedule, vacation plans, or various special occasions. And it could be a challenge to find a reliable pet-sitting service for your dog, cat, or other pet in your area. Here are some of the best pet-sitting and pet care services based in Washington, DC that you can trust with your best friend.
Patrick’s Pet Care
Address: 3303 11th Street, NW Washington, DC 20010
Phone: (202) 630-7387
Open: 8 am to 7 pm (Monday – Friday)
Located in DC’s Columbia Heights neighborhood, Patrick’s Pet Care has been operating since 2012, and is currently serving dog owners from all around the District. Its animal-loving team works to provide the highest level of care to pets based on their individual needs, whether they are aged, infirm or cranky.
The business’ services include dog walking, dog boarding, Dog Montessori School, Puppy Head Start, force-free certified dog training, and fear-free certified dog grooming.
If it is a problem for you to take your dog to their location or to pick her/him up, they even offer transportation services to and from their facilities.
Through its Dog Montessori School program, Patrick’s Pet Care’s force-free and fear-free certified dog trainers provide structured enrichment activities daily, according to your dog’s unique physical, mental, and emotional needs.
They make sure your dog takes outdoor walks every day, and you can watch your dog whenever you want via their live webcams throughout the day.
Address: 2029 13th St NW Washington, DC 20009
Phone: (704) 779-1413
Open: 10 am to 5 pm
Fairy Tails is owned and operated by Megan Sprayberry, who personally rescued, fostered, and placed more than 50 cats and dogs, volunteered with the Animal Control Bureau through a local police pepartment, and worked with the American Pit Bull Foundation as a foster mom to dogs, prior to opening this business.
Both dog care and cat care are available at Fairy Tails, which conducts a free consultation at your home to get to know your pet first hand before scheduling walks with her/him. They keep notes on your pet’s progress, including her/his daily routine and new tricks she/he learned.
Their 30-minute walking sessions/visits for dogs and cats include feeding/treating, water change, administering medications, waste pick up/disposal/litter scooping. Dog park romps, training, and written pet progress report cards are additionally provided for dogs, and text or email updates, lots of playtime, love and scratches behind the ears for cats.
Fairy Tails also offers pet sitting either at their facility or at your own place, including overnight care.
Fetch! Pet Care
Address: 2000 Connecticut Ave Washington, DC 20008
Phone: (202) 558-4944
Open: 8 am to 10 pm (Monday – Friday), 9:30 am – 8 pm (Saturday and Sunday)
Fetch! Pet Care is a national pet care company with locally-owned franchises, providing services for cats, dogs, as well as other small animals.
With an experienced team of pet sitters that go through a strict vetting process, including background check, it offers private dog walking services, home visits to play with your cat or small pet, puppy care, private dog boarding at pet sitter’s homes, and home services while you are away. You get constant updates with photos and videos sent to your phone, too.
In addition, their vet techs and pet exercise specialists tend to special needs and senior pets. They are also open to your suggestions for various other services that would meet your needs.
Fetch! Pet Care gives you the chance to meet your pet sitter via a free in-home consultation before scheduling services. A primary and a back-up pet sitter will be available for you, according to your schedule, after you approve of them. And you will get the same sitter every time.
Thanks to their easy and flexible scheduling system, Fetch! Pet Care is always ready to answer your last-minute requests, schedule changes, and cancellations, even during holidays, through their mobile app.
District Dogs Training Center
Address: 3210 Georgia Ave NW Washington DC 20010
Phone: (202) 813-3913
Open: 8 am to 6 pm (Tuesday – Friday)
First started as a dog walking business in 2014, District Dogs Training Center has gained a good reputation over time with its services that currently include dog day care, dog walking, overnight dog boarding, structured day care, grooming, dog spa, dog training (either privately or in group classes), in-home services, playpark rental, and pet laundry.
It opened its location in DC’s Park View neighborhood in 2016 as a full-service pet care company, and two other locations opened in Navy Yard and Shaw in the following years.
After creating an online account for your dog on their platform and adding information and vaccination records, you can make an appointment for a free evaluation session, which consists of a two-hour-long play period for the team to observe your dog while interacting with other dogs. It is followed by a full day of daycare before your dog’s boarding stay.