Bond, License, Insurance - What do these terms mean?


Also known as a Dishonesty Bond, it serves to protect the public from fraudulent or dishonest behavior. It protects against loss from theft.

      Depending upon which bond a pet sitter carries, the Dishonesty Bond may protect against employee theft or it may protect against owner, officer, employee, independent contractor and/or volunteer theft.

      The bond applies only after establishment of proof that the accused party has, in fact, committed a criminal act.


Professional certification is a voluntary process by which a non-governmental professional organization grants recognition to an individual who has met certain qualifications. It is a credential which attests that the individual has demonstrated a certain level of mastery of a specific body of knowledge and skills within the relevant field or practice.


Most small-business owners are required to have a local Business License, which allows the business to operate within the city and county where it's located.

      This is the type of license pet sitters usually refer to in their advertising.

      Do not confuse this with a Professional License, such as a plumber's or electrician's license, which is a non-voluntary process by which an agency of government regulates a profession. It grants permission to an individual to engage in an occupation if it finds that the applicant has attained the degree of competency required to ensure the public health, safety, and welfare will be reasonably protected.

      Pet sitters are not required to have professional licenses.

Liability Insurance

Pet sitter liability insurance deals with general liability, bodily injury and property damage. A policy usually includes coverage for pets in a pet sitter's "care, custody or control." A pet sitter may also purchase a "special property of others" coverage endorsement.