Free House / Pet Sitters for Holidaymakers This Christmas

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Newly Launched Service

LONDON, December 1, 2010 - Until now, employing the services of a house sitting agency or taking
your pets to kennels could add up to 35% to the cost of a holiday. now enables you to find a house sitter for little or
no cost.

Andy Peck hit upon the idea after house sitting ( for a colleague frustrated at paying a
fortune in pet boarding costs, while recognising a growing trend in house
sitting for free, in exchange for a place to stay. profiles many experienced, referenced and
police-checked sitters, including vets, police, judges, animal rescue centre
staff, all keen to look after homes and pets to save on the cost of holiday
accommodation. This provides a great win-win for all, particularly in today's
economic climate.

Homeowners can securely advertise and search for sitters, reviews from
other assignments, any relevant pet sitting experience, view references and
photos and even video profiles of prospective sitters to help give peace of

Ensuring that your home and pets are looked after when you go away can be
expensive and worrying.

Homes are more at risk of burglary if left empty, especially at Christmas
time, and most insurance companies do not insure properties if left empty for
long periods of time.

According to Veterinary Surgeon, Katie Blackburn, "Pets generally prefer
to remain in their natural surroundings. Cats in particular can get highly
stressed when out of their natural environment, especially when put in close
proximity to other cats. My rescue greyhound gets very traumatised when
hearing other dogs barking, so I prefer not to take him to kennels".

Finding a house sitter via helps homeowners
overcome these dilemmas, significantly reduces unwanted costs and also opens
up a world of travel opportunities for potential sitters.

"We have many fabulous homes globally that require sitters. So if the
idea of visiting relatives this Christmas is already proving to be a little
stressful, why not register as a sitter and enjoy some quiet time away at a
winter retreat yourself" suggests Andy. are offering readers six month's free membership
for homeowners joining the site before 20th December 2010.

Notes to Editors

More about Andy Peck and was founded by Andy Peck while he was house
sitting in a mountain retreat in Spain, screenwriting. He has travelled
extensively and enjoyed discovering many local communities (house sitting is
great for that) in amongst writing two feature films, managing a printing
business and marketing for several major organisations.

Homeowners and house sitters only pay a small subscription to join (equivalent to $15USD for a month, to $60USD for a
year's membership), although homeowners only pay if they find an ideal sitter
they'd like to contact.

We are offering readers 6 months complimentary full "homeowner"
membership using promotional code "NW6." This code can be tailored to your

Case Studies

Phil and Rita, magistrate and ex bank manager from Cheshire, England, are
now professional house sitters and have looked after dogs, cats, chickens and
even ducks. "We enjoy looking after a variety of pets, travelling to
different places, and meeting new people. Now that we are both retired, we
like the fact that we feel valued by providing a trusting and responsible

Doris is a certified Dog Trainer and Behavior Counsellor, living in
Arizona. She has been pet sitting for many years and says, "since I am
trained in dog behaviour and positive training methods, I feel particularly
qualified to care for dogs while their owners are away." She is also canine
CPR / First Aid certified.

"Retired from work but not from life," Angela and John originally from
the UK now live in BC, Canada. "We've spent the best part of our lives
travelling for business and are continuing life's journey for pleasure and
the comfort of others" Angela says. "I volunteer with the SPCA and also the
Canadian Springer Spaniel Rescue. Having decided not to have another puppy
after losing our Holly nearly three years ago, our pleasure comes from giving
love and care to pets who may be missing their family" They are returning to
England to house sit for three months this week, then on to Australia, pet
sitting for 8 weeks. "The world is still our oyster!" Angela says.

Randy is from New York and has over 30 years experience in the pet
sitting and house sitting. He worked for the US Government for many years
with US / NATO soldiers coordinating recreational opportunities in several
different nations. He has full US Security Clearance and enjoys house sitting
because he "enjoys the mutual benefit for pet owners and looking after their
animals, while also discovering a special location."

Ben and Helen from Australia are globetrotting, and currently house
sitting in Ljubljana, Slovenia. After that, they will be pet sitting in The
to look after Tiha the cat while his owners visit New Zealand.
"Upon seeing a picture of Tiha we were smitten and knew he could not be alone
at Christmas. House sitting allows you to fully immerse within a culture, a
community and in some cases a language. There's neighbours to chat to over
the fence, locals to meet when walking the dog, a favourite cafe to find a
coffee and read the paper. It's not long before 'house sitting' can easily
become 'home living'."

Margeretha is a Justice of the Peace from New Zealand. She has many years
house sitting experience. "I love to meet people from different cultures. My
family is sprinkled around on several continents and it is lovely to visit
them. House sitting is a fantastic way to learn about other people in this

All of these house sitters will consider house sitting anywhere in the

If you'd like more information about this topic, company background, country specific statistics and case studies, testimonials, photographs, logo or to schedule an interview, please call +44-7972-774623 or email andy at Contact: Andy Peck, Telephone: +44-7972-774623, Email: andy at

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