It's best to book pet sitters and dog walkers for your animals now to prevent stress during the holiday season

By Kelli Bender
Updated November 16, 2016 04:01 PM

The holidays are sneaking up on us, folks.

We can try to fight it, but the truth is that it is time to start planning. If you are a pet owner, one of the things you need to consider is making arrangements for your animals during this travel-heavy season. If you aren’t taking your pet with you on your holiday travels, booking a pet sitter is a good option, but it’s best to act fast.

According to, an online pet boarding community, Nov. 16 can be considered the Black Friday of booking pet care. After this date, a sizable chunk of the site’s more than 65,000 pet sitters are booked for the holidays, with 10 percent of the site’s most popular sitters booked by July and 50 percent booked by October. CEO, Aaron Easterly, recommends that owners try to book 4 to 6 weeks ahead of travel so there are more sitter options available. This way you can browse profiles, contact multiple sitters, set up meet-and-greets and find the perfect match for your pet. Searching out a pet sitter now also allows you to set up stays in bulk, securing care for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year’s Eve all at once.

Unlike kennels that have a finite amount of space, sitters provide more flexibility. So if you do find your pet needs a home away from home just a week away from the holidays, sitters and dog walkers will still be available. Getting it done now just gives owners a choice of sitters and the peace of mind that their pet is taken care of while they tackle the rest of the demands that come with the holiday season.

Cross one thing off your to-do list now and set up a sitter for your pet today!