We Treat Your Pets Like Members of Our Family!
Aunty Min's is happy to provide dog walking and cat sitting services in Bainbridge Island, Washington.
Since 2002, we have been providing professional pet care for your cats, dogs and caged pets. We offer midday walks or park outings while you're at work for your dogs; and midday playtime and vacation visits for your cats and caged pets. Our goal is to help YOU get your furry family members the love, attention and proper exercise they deserve.
Aunty Min's is licensed, bonded, insured and a member of Pet Sitter's International (PSI), National Association of Professional Pet Sitters (NAPPS), and Pet Professional Guild (PPG). Mindy is also a Certified Professional Pet Sitter through PSI.
SERVICES / RATES
Cats & Caged Pets
Weekday/Midday cat play
20 mins - $20.00
30 mins - $24.00
Cats - playtime, laptime, "cat walks," clean litter box(es), fresh food/water, light grooming
Small animals - fresh food/water, playtime (if applicable)
House - secure household, bring in mail/newspaper, water plants, rotate lights/blinds, etc.
WEEKDAY DOG WALKS
Monday-Friday (10am - 3pm)
30 mins - $24.00
Potty breaks (no walk)
10 mins - $18.00
WOOF Walks & Dog Jogs
45 mins - $32.00
+ $10.00 each additional family dog
WW’s are group walks with other dogs at a local park. Dogs must be social with other dogs and people. Several visits with Aunty Min may be required to determine a dog’s eligibility.
"UNTIL ONE HAS LOVED AN ANIMAL,
A PART OF ONE'S SOUL REMAINS UNAWAKENED"
- ANATOLE FRANCE
GET TO KNOW ME
My name is Mindy Anderson, and I formed Aunty Min’s in 2002 while I was working at an local animal hospital and noticed the need for additional pet-care options while people were working long hours or going on holiday.
Over the years, the greater Bainbridge Island community has come to trust Aunty Min’s to care for their pets as well as I care for my own. Each animal is more than just a customer—they are an extension of my family. My commitment to my work includes memberships to the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters (NAPPS), and Pet Professional Guild (PPG) and becoming a Certified Professional Pet Sitter through Pet Sitters International (PSl). I am also enrolled in the cat training program with Karen Pryor Academy and learning how to help cats with behavior issues through play and training. I have also enjoyed being a member of the the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) where I continue to study canine behavior and training. I am CPR & First Aid certified through Arden Moore’s Pet First Aid 4U course. I apply my ongoing education in training and behavior to my own pets and those I work with, and share my knowledge with my clients.
I am very active with our local rescue organizations and have volunteered for the Kitsap Humane Society, West Sound Wildlife Shelter, and PAWS of Bainbridge Island & North Kitsap for years. Most recently, I served on the Board of Directors for PAWS and continue to be involved in the fundraising and event committees.
In 2020, I became a Certified Happiness Coach and believe in bringing back "PLAY" and positivity to people's lives with my "Wags & Wellness" program.
AUNTY MIN’S “PACK”
I have developed many relationships over the years with other pet sitters and work with a wonderful “Pack” of colleagues who also provide excellent pet care. We are able to back each other up and provide dependable, trusted service, even during the busiest times of the year.
Initial consultation is free. Please have 2 keys available for us at the initial visit - one for the sitter and one for the office / back-up if needed. All keys have a tag with the pets name on the tag, not your personal information. Alternatively, a lockbox is a good choice. Additional visits to pick-up and/or drop-off key will be charged $15.00 per trip.
All cats must remain INDOORS while under our care. We will happily take them outside on a harness (leashed) or in the cat stroller.
Notify us when you return home from your vacation (regardless of time). If you don't contact your sitter and we head out for a visit, you will be charged for the visit.
If we haven't seen your pet for 90 or more days, a "re-introduction" visit is required at a rate of $20.00.
A local emergency / key contact is required. (see "Snow/Inclement Weather Policy" below)
We do clean up pet accidents that we see with cleaning solution (ie, Nature's Miracle, Bio Kleen Bac-Out) that you provide. Otherwise, we will clean up with paper towels and water.
We like to take pictures / videos of pets and like to use them in social media, marketing materials, etc. Every effort will be made to photograph only the pet and not surrounding area to disclose location or ownership. If you do not want your pet(s) in any form of advertising, please let Mindy Anderson know.
BITES: If the pet(s) should harm (ie, bite) a member of Aunty Min's, the client will be responsible for medical costs related to the incident (ie, doctor visits, antibiotics, etc...).
VETERINARY CARE: Under any situation, every attempt will be made to take the pet to the veterinary clinic the client has stated on the pet form. If a situation occurs after normal business hours and emergency care is needed, the pet will be taken to Animal Emergency & Trauma Center in Poulsbo. Aunty Min's Specialized Pet Care, Inc. will make every attempt to contact the owner for permission or instruction if any animal is in need of medical attention except in the case of an emergency. Owner agrees to pay any charges incurred by Aunty Min's Specialized Pet Care, Inc. for any veterinary care.
Vacation care cancellation policy: 50% of booked services if cancellation occurs within 48 hours of scheduled visits. 24 hours or same-day cancellations will be charged the full amount.
Dog walk cancellation policy: Walks cancelled before 8am will not be charged for that day's dog walks. Cancellations after 8am will be charged for the day's dog walks.
SNOW/INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY
For Daily/Mid-Day walks/visits:
If roads are safe enough for driving, we will attempt to do our usual visit. However, we may not be able to do a regular walk, but instead may have a potty break and inside playtime.
If roads appear snowy/icy at our houses, we may need to cancel our walks and will be in touch in the morning to discuss with you. If you know ahead of time that you will not be going in to work due to inclement weather conditions, please call or email me immediately.
If the roads are too unsafe to drive in the early morning and evening, we may have to adjust our scheduled visit times. Please make sure that we have a neighbor or local contact that could let your pets out and feed them in the unlikely situation that we cannot get out of our homes.
DO YOU CHARGE EXTRA FOR HOLIDAYS?
Yes - there is an additional $10.00 per visit fee on the following holidays:
Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year's Day
HOW MUCH NOTICE DO YOU NEED BEFORE STARTING VISITS?
One week for new clients to set-up the initial consultation and 2 weeks (at least) during holidays and peak vacation times. Initial consultations are free and generally last between 20-30 minutes. Additional “reintroductions” are $20.00.
WILL YOU COME EVERY OTHER DAY FOR VACATION VISITS?
No…. We need to see the pet each day to make sure they are healthy & secure.
HOW WILL YOU HANDLE MY KEYS?
Keys should be given to your sitter during the initial consultation. All keys have a tag with the pet's name on them (not your personal name or address). If we have not seen your pet for over a year, keys may be destroyed.
HOW DO YOU HANDLE PAYMENT?
We accept checks and cash. We do not accept credit cards at this time. An invoice will be emailed to you upon completion of visits. For first-time clients, payment will need to be made in advance.