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Find a loving local pet sitter or dog sitter

Who treats your pet like family

Here's how Pawshake works.

Search and connect with trusted pet sitters. It's easy as 1, 2, 3.

1. Find a verified pet sitter

FREE
Search and find experienced local pet sitters nearby

2. Arrange a meet & greet

FREE
Get to know your sitter in person, obligation-free.

3. Pay online

Book your sitter through our safe online system, with flexible cancellations in case your plans change.

Happiness guaranteed

Sit back and relax! Your pet is in safe hands with their loving, experienced pet sitter.

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Did you know: Pawshake accepts only 15% of pet sitter applications? Our Trust and Safety Team has a strict vetting process to maintain high safety standards. We also work closely with a local provider to offer national police checks for sitters - because you and your pets deserve the best.

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This is the first time we took Mika to take care of our 2 lovely cats. Starting from very nice and fast contact, through the great impression during the first visit and finally great taking care of our pets we can only strongly recommend Mika as a trusted cat sitter. Thanks a lot and for sure we will come to you in the future :)

- Krzysztof

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Why choose Pawshake?

Personalised and flexible pet care

Pawshake sitters provide one-on-one love and attention in a cosy home space.

Safety first for your peace of mind

Pawshake dog sitters and pet sitters are vetted by our expert Trust and Safety team. Police checks are also provided by our Australian verification partner, InterCheck.

A real community

Pawshake pet sitters are genuine pet lovers from your local neighbourhood

Veterinary Coverage

Enjoy peace of mind with free veterinary coverage for your pet with every booking. No hidden gap payments or subscription costs.

Always stay connected

Download the free Pawshake app to book, pay and enjoy updates of your pet having a fun staycation.

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Frequently asked questions

Your questions answered

Can I cancel my Pawshake booking?

Yes of course. We understand that plans can change. For your peace of mind, all our pet sitters offer either a flexible or moderate cancellation policy.

A flexible cancellation policy allows a full refund if you cancel before noon the day before the booking starts. A moderate cancellation policy allows a full refund if you cancel before noon 7 days before the start date.

Always check your sitter’s cancellation policy on their profile before you book.

What is Pawshake?

At Pawshake, our mission is to connect pet parents with friendly, trusted pet sitters. Your pets can stay in a loving home environment and be treated just like family. Pawshake pet sitters are a stress-free alternative to dog boarding kennels or catteries.

How does Pawshake work?

Simply search for a pet sitter, arrange a free meet and greet, then confirm your booking online. Your sitter will send daily updates and photos during the stay, so you can relax knowing that your pet is having a lovely time.

All bookings are covered by The Pawshake Guarantee which includes free veterinary coverage, Happiness Guarantee, Booking Guarantee and online in-house customer support.

Is Pawshake right for my pet?

Pawshake pet sitters offer a range of services to suit most pets. Your pet may like drop-in visits at home. Or, they may prefer staying in the sitter's home or having the sitter stay overnight with them. Our sitters can cater to suit your pet's specific needs.

You must also have a meet and greet with your pet sitter before booking. This is an obligation-free meeting to get to know each other and make sure you've made a good match.

Why book through Pawshake?

Safety is our number one priority at Pawshake. Your booking is protected by the Pawshake Guarantee, which includes free veterinary coverage in case of accident or illlness. All booking payments are cashless and secure. Plus, our sitters are verified and encouraged to get a yearly police check, which is visible as a Police Check Badge on their profile.

How do I find a pet sitter?

Do you need a trusted dog sitter, cat sitter or sitter for your fish, guinea pig or rabbit? You've come to the right place.

Here's how to find a perfect sitter:

  1. Select your pet sitting service
  2. Type your suburb or postcode into the search bar
  3. Click on 'search'
  4. Narrow the results by choosing a start and end date (or rough dates if you're not quite sure yet), selecting a filter option or zooming in and out of the map
  5. Browse through the list of pet sitters near you and contact one or two you like. To do this, send a message via the green 'contact' button on their profile.

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