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Pets on Sabbatical

Many pet owners will tell you that the hardest part of being a fur parent is leaving them behind. When planning longer travel for a sabbatical or a research trip, finding accommodations for your pets can be challenging, but we don’t want your furry friends to be left behind. Here are some of our favorite options for your pets on sabbatical.

Take them with you!

 Many of our homeowners on are animal lovers themselves, and they know how hard it can be to leave their pets behind. When working out the details of your arrangements, asking the homeowner if they would be open to you bringing your pet along. Not everyone will say yes, of course, but some might. When you’re looking at a listing on, there is a spot called “Considerations” in the “Amenities” tab. that will tell you if pets are allowed, or negotiable depending on the home and the pet in question. Check out this part of the listing and talk to the owner to see if this option works for the pair of you. If not, never fear! There are tons of other good options.

Find a pet-sitter

 If you are renting out your own home through, ask your tenant if they would be interested in watching your pet while they stay in your home. Some people would welcome the chance to hang out with your animals, especially if they’re missing pets of their own! This conversation should take place when you’re working out the terms of your agreement, so that no one is surprised when they arrive.

However, if you’re going on a shorter trip and aren’t renting out your own home, finding an external home/pet sitter might be the best option for you. Apps like Wag and Rover let you comb through profiles and reviews of different pet sitters to find one that works for your schedule and price range. This way, if you can’t bring your pet along, you can know they’re in good hands and in their own home.

Whatever option you choose, communication is key. If you’re going to use to facilitate your pet sitting, make sure that you’re totally upfront about your expectations.

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