All clients will be deemed to have accepted WKD House & Pet Sitting’s Terms and Conditions, as laid out on this website, on signature of the Service Agreement Form.
Any reference to ‘Pets’ in the Terms and Conditions encompasses all species, including horses.
You, (The Client), agree to provide me, (The Housesitter), with your personal contact details, plus local emergency contact details (emails and phone numbers) for use during the term of this agreement. These contact details must be current and functional during the term of this agreement.
You also agree to provide me with detailed, printed instructions of how to look after your house and/or pets.
I agree to sending a morning update picture/short video and text, and an evening picture/short video and text of your pets and property if desired, but I am not bound to any further communication unless circumstantially necessary. However, I will be happy to reassure you should the need arise within reason, I understand that your pets are your family!
I can care for a maximum of two horses and they must be located on the property.
Please be honest if your dog/horse/cat is known to be frightened of or aggressive towards people and other animals, as this unfortunately won’t be a good match for me.
WKD House & Pet Sitting must be informed of any animal behavioural problems at the time of booking, including any horses which may be tricky to handle. Failure to do so may result in cancellation of all bookings.
The Client will indemnify WKD House & Pet Sitting against any damage or injury caused by the pet towards any property, person or other animal: this will include, but is not limited to veterinary, medical and legal fees.
Should any pet become aggressive or dangerous, WKD House & Pet Sitting shall, at their sole discretion, take whatever action they consider necessary in the best interest of the animal, other animals or people which may be encountered.
I’ll sit a maximum of four pets (not including horses), but for safety reasons, only two big dogs at one time, e.g. Huskies, Great Danes, Malamutes, Alsatians etc.
For dog walking, the Client shall provide secure collars with name tags, phone number and leads, along with suitable harnesses or head collars if required and any coats to be worn.
For dogs, the Client shall provide suitable towels as required in order that their pet may be wiped after a walk.
The Client shall make available cleaning materials in the event of any pet fouling within their property. WKD House & Pet Sitting cannot be held liable or responsible for any stains, marks or damages caused by the fouling or by the attempts to clean it up.
Appropriate rugs (including any spares) should be made available.
The Client shall make available any tools required for the services.
The Client shall ensure all fencing is safe, secure and to an appropriate standard to ensure horses cannot escape and to minimise risk of injury. It is the responsibility of the Client to mend any broken fencing and to ensure that any electric fencing has a power supply, and is in good working order.
The Client shall ensure that either a nearby tap is available or a hose of suitable length is connected up to allow for the filling up of water buckets and any field troughs without the need to use water containers, or to have to carry buckets further than would be considered normal practice.
The Client shall ensure that there is adequate lighting in working order and available to use including on the yard, in the stable and in any feed rooms or barns.
Due to Health and Safety reasons regarding lifting of heavy weights, WKD House & Pet Sitting does not routinely move or tip out heavy water containers.
FEES AND EXTRA FEES
My standard house and pet sitting fees are payable up front, before the sit begins. A deposit of 50% of the house and pet sitting fees to be paid up front, the remainder prior to the start of the house/pet sit. See details in bookings section.
House, horse and pet sitting cover over Easter, UK Bank Holidays, Christmas and New Year will incur a 10% surcharge on the above rates.
You agree to cover the cost of any daily parking/permit fees incurred as a result of me being located at the property, plus ferries, CAZ/ULEZ and tolls required for me to reach and live at the property. This list is neither exclusive nor exhaustive, other charges may apply.
A mileage contribution/fees are applicable if I’m not already in the area.
You agree to cover any reasonable expenses incurred whilst I’m on the property, for example (and not limited to) emergency medical pet treatment and medications, pet food and necessary transportation, emergency vet/plumber/electrician call-out etc.
Please leave a small float, in cash, in an envelope of at least £100, to cover any reasonable expenses or emergencies that may be incurred as above - receipts will be provided if the cash is used.
If you have a mixed group of pets, rates will be charged by the largest animal and the others at £5 each.
House, horse and pet sitting cover over Easter, UK Bank Holidays, Christmas and New Year will incur a 10% surcharge on the standard rates.
Please note that my fees do not include mileage to get to your property, gardening, frequent animal washing, deep house cleaning, your personal laundry, food shopping, business admin or decorating.
One- or two-day sits accepted, please add 20% to my above rates.
Must have off-road parking for my campervan – if you don’t have this available, but there is safe parking nearby, please still get in touch. My van has a height restriction of 3m.
Please make me aware of any security cameras in and around the house: I am not happy to live with live cameras in the house (outside is fine), for no reason other than I find it creepy being watched! I’m honest, clean, tidy and hard-working, and don’t need to be monitored 24/7 – take my word for it and check out my testimonials from former and current clients.
You are responsible for ensuring your property is safe and secure for your pet, I will not be responsible for escapes from their own garden or the property due to holes in the fence, poor gates, open/public areas etc.
Where it is necessary for WKD House & Pet Sitting to hold keys to a property, the Client shall provide one of each key needed. Keys will be coded and kept within a locked system for security.
Keys will be returned upon completion of this agreement providing all fees due have been paid.
If it is necessary for keys to be collected or returned in order to provide the service, charges will be applied to cover time and travel costs.
In the event of the Client cancelling the services, the Client agrees to pay WKD House & Pet Sitting a fee equal to the following:
100% of the fees if cancellation occurs less than 48 hours of the scheduled service.
50% of the fees if cancellation occurs between 48 hours and 14 days of the scheduled service.
The non-refundable deposit, as set out on the Booking Form.
DUTY OF CARE
In the event of extreme weather conditions that couple potentially have an adverse effect on your pet (e.g. heat, snow, thunder storms etc.) WKD House & Pet Sitting shall, at their sole discretion, take whatever action they consider necessary, including not carrying out scheduled exercise or not turning horses out if it is, in their opinion, not safe to do so.
Dogs will only be walked on leads unless an ‘Off the Lead Permission Form’ has been signed.
WKD House & Pet Sitting will make adequate steps to ensure your home/yard is safe and secure in your absence, however WKD House & Pet Sitting cannot be held responsible for any burglaries or accidents caused by your pets.
Any damage to the property or possessions of the Client in their absence, however caused by the pet, where considered by WKD House & Pet Sitting to be serious enough to inform the Client, they will do so at the earliest opportunity.
The Client is responsible for any veterinary bills whilst their pet is under the care of WKD House & Pet Sitting, no matter how they are incurred.
If the pet is taken sick or injured, WKD House & Pet Sitting will notify the Client at the earliest convenience to take instructions or guidance. In the event of WKD House & Pet Sitting not being able to contact the Client, or in an emergency situation, WKD House & Pet Sitting shall make arrangements as deemed necessary and which are in the best interest of the pet.
Any veterinary bills shall be directly chargeable to the Client.
All dogs being exercised must be fully vaccinated and on a regular flea and worm control regime.
Any dog(s) coughing will not be taken out for a walk and normal charges may still apply.
It shall be the sole responsibility of the Client to ensure that WKD House & Pet Sitting are fully aware of any health issues their pet is experiencing, or has suffered from in the past. WKD House & Pet Sitting cannot be held liable for any actions or omissions which result in problems or complications for anything not disclosed.
No booking can be accepted without a completed Veterinary Release Form. WKD House & Pet Sitting shall follow instruction given on the Booking Form but cannot be held liable for any complications which may arise.
In the event of a pet having a contagious illness or disease which has not been disclosed, the Client may be liable for the costs of treatment given to other animals which become infected.
Whilst WKD House & Pet Sitting will make every effort to ensure the safety of the pet and ensure that the pet is well looked after in the your absence, WKD House & Pet Sitting cannot be held liable for any loss, illness or injury of any pet whilst in their care, nor for any death of a pet unless they can be shown to be negligent.
Bookings will only be accepted after all the necessary forms have been completed and any payment due has been made.
For new clients or ad hoc bookings, a non-refundable 50% deposit will be required at the time of booking and the remaining payment will be due no less than 48 hours before service begins.
For existing clients with ongoing regular bookings, payment is to be made within 5 days on receipt of invoice.
Payments may be via cash and bank transfer.
Bookings may be accepted up to 24 hours before service begins, but payment in full will be required for all bookings made less than 14 days before service begins.
WKD House & Pet Sitting holds and maintains Public Liability Insurance.
The insurance covers WKD House & Pet Sitting for the services agreed during the times or periods specified.
It shall be sole responsibility of the client to ensure their property, its contents and also their pets are adequately insured throughout the duration of the scheduled services.
The Client shall advise WKD House & Pet Sitting of anyone who will have access to your property during any periods of the Client’s absence, including but not limited to friends, family and neighbours.
WKD House & Pet Sitting shall not be liable for other persons or their actions or omissions who will be in, or have access to your property before, during or after services have been rendered.
Please ensure everything is available to me for the duration of your trip, eg pet food, cleaning and laundry products, pet medication, poo bags, etc so that I may care for your pets and your home to the best of my ability.
I have a full, clean UK driving license and ask that you add me to your vehicle's insurance if you need me to drive your pets to walking spots, veterinary appointments (within reason) etc.
I am unfortunately unable to take your pet(s) to their usual training classes if applicable.
It shall be the Client’s sole responsibility to ensure the information provided to WKD House & Pet Sitting is current and up to date. The Client agrees to accept any decision made by WKD House & Pet Sitting in the event of not being able to contact the Client as a result of wrong information held.
If WKD House & Pet Sitting is subjected to any expenditure as a result of the decision that expenditure shall be recoverable from the client.
WKD House & Pet Sitting shall not use or pass Client information to a third party (other than information needed by a carer or veterinary surgeon to perform their duties).
All information relating to the Client, their property and pet(s) will be stored in accordance with GDPR.
WKD House & Pet Sitting, reserves the right to make updates and changes to these Terms & Conditions
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