Genuine, Trustworthy, Caring And Experienced Pet Sitter

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1w ago
Last activity
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Dog walking
Min. 30-minute walks
10 NZD for each additional pet
30 NZD
All services and rates

About Jane

GENUINE, Trustworthy, Caring and reliable

Pet Sitter to the rescue!

I am a full time Pet Sitter. Genuine, Caring, and Trustworthy, with 13 years experience, and a growing list of endorsements.

I grew up with all sorts of animals and adore their company.

I have knowledge and practical use of Animal Healing Reiki and find animals are naturally drawn to me. I am enable to bond quickly with animals and form trust, and connect with them easily because of my gentle affectionate ways.

When you go away, it's a worry to ensure your pets are cared for. Stop worrying that they will be happy as I will "live in" with your pets, care for them in their own environment and love them as though they were my own,

I go the extra mile to provide special care, love and attention for your pet giving you peace of mind, providing you with regualar updates with pictures, so you know all is well back at home.

I appreciate how much your pet means to you. Your pet has a unique character and special needs that need to be met. I ensure your pet has their necessary exercise, sleeping arrangements, feeding routines, medication, attention, just like you would. I am their second mum. I also specialise in animal care for sick or needy animals.

With many years of experience in animal care, I have a good eye for spotting any abnormal health ailments and will know if they need vet care.

Care and Security of your home:

I diligently care for your home and ensure its security,

I live a healthy, clean toxic-free lifestyle and maintain high standards of living. I ensure your house is kept the same; clean, tidy and maintained and attend any needed house maintenance jobs necessary.

My work and being there for your pets:

I am a writer and so will be with your pets for the majority of the day keeping them company. At nights, I stay in, so again your animals will have my company.

My Pet Sitting Experience:

Dogs: familiar with most pedigrees, breeds and character traits, and special needs such a rescue dogs.

Have experience and knowledge of giving medications, cleaning dog teeth, brushing and grooming, feeding and can do other special requirements required to keep your pet healthy and happy.

Cats: all kinds, including pedigrees and special needs cats that need medication or gentle care for sensitive, shy cats.

Horses: Experienced in caring for horses and can handle most breeds and characters. Grew up with horses.

Other animals: birds including tropical and parrots, rabbits, tropical fish, goldfish, reptiles such as a bearded dragon.

Farm and Livestock: Experienced in lifestyle properties, looking after farm animals such as cows, ewes, alpacas, lambs, hens, chickens, working dogs, goats, donkeys, and many other animals.

Other animals: I can look after any other animal and pet. Please ask me.

As a passionate runner and walker, I love being outdoors, going for walks/runs in nature, so taking dogs for daily walks would be a pleasure. I am experienced in handling big dogs that need control or long walks, and smaller dogs who need special attention and smaller walks.

I am practical and can attend gardens, orchards, and care for plants and wild herbs, such as daily watering, planting, pruning, weeding vegetable and fruit gardens, and ensuring the irrigation systems are working correctly.

Can also do most outside jobs as fit and practical

Experienced using some machinery such as farm quad bikes and other farm vehicles.

I ask you to provide contact details of a friend or relative that can assist me in your absence should I need it, any house utilities contact numbers, essential running of the house contacts, and pet insurance and vet details.

Before we arrange the house sit

I will visit you at your home to meet you and become acquainted with your pets and animals, getting to know their daily requirements and specific needs.

I make sure that I know everything that is needed for your pet's wellbeing and that they know me before I start the house sit.

If I am not in the area, we can arrange a week or days beforehand for me to stay with you if that is necessary before you go away, and we can touch base on a Skype call for a chat.

You can go away with a peace of mind, knowing your house is being lived in and kept clean and maintained while you are away and your animals are cared for.

Length of pet sitting:

Any time period is accepted, long haul, or short, whether it is for just one night, several weeks, months, and will consider a year.


Endorsements are below from previous clients and character references.

Contact me should you need anything else in regard to endorsements, character references, or other reassurance.

Phone Endorsements:

Please contact me for the numbers of previous house sitting clients that are willing to give a verbal testimony of my services.

Written Endorsements:

Phone and Written House/Pet Sitting Endorsements for Jane Manthorpe

Phone Endorsements:

This are previous house sitting clients that are willing to give a verbal testimony of my services.

Jenny and Rex


021 495 862



021 050 7533



027 398 4822

Janice Craven 

Nelson 021 150 1565


Motueka, November ph 03 5285000

Annie and Robert Thompson


021 215 8436

Ann Russell

Annesbrook, Nelson 


Frances Minogue

Toi Toi Nelson, 

Ph: 027 66 444 64

Miro, Nelson,

021 267 5059 

Karen Brown, Maraeti, Auckland 09 5335412

021 180916

Maggie and Nick 

022 084 1801

022 131 9256

Mary (Paraparaumu Beach, 

04 902 1451 or 0274939236.

Pip (Titahi Bay, North Island, 021 131 2438

Fiona (Korokoro, Lower Hutt,

021 823 388

Written Endorsements:

We were fortunate enough to have Jane Manthorpe to look after our property during a family holiday. Jane looked after our small farm, including sheep, horses/ponies, goats, cat/kitten, hens, and our border collie dog for 6 days.

Several days before we left our dog required surgery to her paw. Although we offered to stay, Jane was more than happy to care for her post surgery, including changing her bandage, medication and ensuring she didn't over exercise.

Jane looked after our home and animals as if there were her own, keeping in daily contacted (with photos) so we knew our dog (and everyone else) were doing well ❤️

We have already booked Jane in for her next stay with us and highly recommend her to anyone else needed a trustworthy and capable house sitter.

Jane and James, Upper Moutere.

Both animals vowed and declared their love for Jane following the sit. Jane was excellent at communicating and her photos of the kids made me laugh out loud as well as exclaim how beautiful they were - yet another talent to add to the pool. Would have Jane back in a flash if she wasn't likely to be already booked!!!!

Pen, Nelson

We own a Lifestyle block in Northern Otago with cows, sheep, a horse, chickens and 6 dogs. We heard about Jane from friends of ours who live in the North of the South Island, and we booked Jane to stay at our place for 5 weeks, covering the month of July.

Jane stayed in our home and maintained our property with our animals. I have a dog that is a little bit difficult with other people which makes it hard to find the right person for the job. Jane was aware of this issue and came a day before we left, to get to know the animals and to get set up. Jane had no issues with any of our dogs. They took to her extremely well and we could tell that she had a very good connection with animals.

We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Jane to look after your property and livestock, especially dogs.

Wishing Jane all the best in the future and hopefully she will come back for a repeat of her time with us in the future.

Chantal & Stuart Barnes, Hampden, Otago

Absolutely fabulous, Jane is everything you could want as a house sitter and everything (and more) your pets could want as a carer.Jane loved our dogs Annie and Gracie but our dogs loved her more ! Gracie is an active young pointer cross and was even treated to long cross country runs as well as the cuddles and affection both dogs received daily. Highly recommended.

Sarah, Hagley Park, Christchurch

My husband and I have used many petsitter/home stay services over the years for our fur babies, Eddie and Jack.  Jane was organized, professional, friendly and extremely loving towards the dogs.  We felt relaxed and happy on our holiday and we came home to two contented and relaxed dogs. The house was clean and tidy.  Jane was great and we highly recommend her.    We can be contacted if necessary.  

Steve and Annie Chadbourne

Jane was super from the first contact. She came over to meet Barkley & go over house details prior to the sit. We were out of signal while we were away, but a fulsome message was waiting for us letting us know that everything had gone well. The house was clean & tidy when we returned, & Barkley was relaxed & happy. Thanks Jane, hope that we can team up again. We would recommend Jane without hesitation.

Louise and Jeremy 

Jane was an awesome sitter and I totally recommend her. We were able to go away and have total confidence that our house and pets were in great hands. She gave us regular updates and totally spoiled our pets. We will be getting her back when we go on our next adventure. Ben, Stoke 

Thanks to Jane for looking after Moose. Jane provided the extra level of care that a blind dog needs and Moose seemed very happy. The house was lovely and tidy when we got back home. I'd happily recommend Jane as a house sitter.

Kirsty, Renwick  

Thanks Jane was great to have you stay . Awesome communication and updates throughout animals and house were very well cared for definitely be happy to recommend Jane to anyone.

Scott, Oxford

Our Most Fabulous Pet Sitter!

Jane recently cared for our older, small, mainly Maltese dog Meggy and property. We felt completely comfortable leaving Meggy with Jane. On her visit she made an instant connection with Meggy. While we were away Jane sent us updates and pictures of  Meggy, which we  very much appreciated. It was easy to see Jane not only cared for Meggy but genuinely enjoyed spending time with her too. Jane discovered things about her that previously only our immediate family knew! We have no hesitation in highly recommending Jane's pet sitting services. We will certainly be hoping to rebook her next time we take a trip!

Jen and Rex - Mapua


This is the first time we have had Jane House Sit for us and hope it isn't the last. Her willingness to keep us updated regularly allowed us to relax knowing that our cattle, goats, sheep and chickens were in capable hands. As well as looking after the animals Jane made sure our plants were kept watered and that our home was clean and tidy on our return. Thank you Jane.

Sharyn and Neville - Kaituna Blenheim

Jane was a breath of fresh air, very interesting, and a wonderful dog sitter. It was great getting regular updates while we were away. She sent us an amazing photo, of the 3 dogs sitting, looking at the camera. I was very impressed. The dogs just loved Jane, and I felt really reassured and safe leaving them in her care. The house was well cared for, clean and tidy with washing done. I really appreciate such an Excellent house sitter! Thank you so much Jane!

Gayle, Christchurch,

Jane has been the most wonderful house-sitter for us. Jane has a magic touch with animals and is a hugely respectful and trustworthy house-sitter. Not only was our home loved and cared for in our absence - our Cat was SO relaxed and purry when we got home. 

We hope she will come back and help us out again some time,

Bridget, Nelson

Jane looked after Sammy and my house really well. She had great communication both before and during the sit, and Sammy liked her from the start. She left my house very clean and even washed sheets and towels before she left, Highly recommend Jane.

Julie, Stoke, Nelson

Jane was just wonderful. We new our fur babies were in great hands from the moment we met Jane and made sure she knew to make herself at home. It was so nice to be able to say goodbye to the dogs and have that feeling of peace that they were in great hands. Jane kept in touch on a regular basis. We came home to very happy dogs and you wouldn't have known someone had stayed in your home, it was spotless. We wouldn’t hesitate to get Jane back again as it looks like the dogs just loved having her here, I know we did. Anyone would be lucky to have Jane in their home and would know that their animals, large or small, would be in great hands.

Sharon, Casebrook, Christchurch

Jane can be completely relied upon to care and love all animals while in her charge.

Jane proved to be a very conscientious person who goes that little bit further to assure you that while you are absent from your home, and much loved pets all will be safe, sound and secure.

We loved having Jane in our home, and noticed how Jane took care of our property to a very high standard.

We have absolutely no trouble in recommending Jane for any position that she is applying for.

Jane has a gracious, pleasing, professional personality and we look forward to many further house sitting times with Jane.

Janice Craven

Jane looked after our house, 3 cats and Labrador while we were away for a week. Communication was prompt and we enjoyed getting updates and photos of our pets while we were away. Jane is very tidy and respectful, and will look after your pets and property as if they were her own. Jack loved his daily walks and runs with Jane - he has never had so much exercise. We wouldn't hesitate to get Jane back again. Thanks, Jane!

Paula Miller

We can highly recommend Jane for house/pet sitting. She has taken care of our place before and our dogs love her.

Vikki Miller

Absolutely brilliant pet sitter, Jane has looked after my 3 dogs and cat and home. I can’t recommend her enough

Nayanne Pollard

Jane looked after my Labrador and house while I was away for work. It was evident during the initial meeting that my dog felt totally comfortable with Jane. Jane is an excellent communicator, I received photos of my dog while I was away and she kept me up to date with their activities. Jane has great values and a conscientiousness, and you can trust her with your home and pets to be well cared for. Thanks Jane! Woof woof says Zahi :) Cristina

We found Jane via Facebook when searching for a house sitter online. We were looking primarily for someone to care for and give company to our cats and Jane stood out as someone who had a specific interest in animals. Jane was easy to communicate with and arranged a meet and greet. She arrived on time and was interested to meet us and our pets. Her open honest nature and obvious interest in the animals was engaging and we booked here for a two week house sit.

Jane did everything that she was asked to do, caring the house and our pets. She communicated regularly while we were away and kept us put to date with how things were going. On arriving home we could see the cats were clearly comfortable with her and we all felt that we had made the right decision in leaving them in her care.Its hard to trust someone to come into your home and care for it and your pets. We have no hesitation in recommending Jane to anyone needing their hone or hone and pets looked after for any length of time. 

duncan and Margi,

Jane's availability for our housesit dovetailed perfectly with our time away. Jane came around before we went away to go through a meet & greet and we knew from there it would all go smoothly. Jane sent us updates and pics but never too the point that it disturbed our holiday. Thank you again Jane

Anne Stoke, Nelson

Thank you jane for the wonderful care you gave my fur babies they were all happy and contented on my return. Will definitely ask Jane to sit again in the future. Highly recommend 5 star house sitter.

Janet Invergarcill

Jane was looking after our farm, including 2 horses, 6 sheep, 2 dogs and one cat, for 5 weeks. The services of Jane where found to be excellent. She is undoubtedly a very caring, hard working and conscientious person, who was very well received and liked by all of our animals.

Jane possesses a very pleasant disposition and has proved to be honest and most diligent in all duties allotted to her.

Andreas & Marion Georgiev

We were fortunate enough to have Jane housesit for a week while we were overseas. Jane looked after our property, post and four alpacas.

Upon our return, we were delighted to find our property in spic and span condition and our animals clearly having been well-cared for. Not only that – Jane went the extra distance to make the bed with clean linen and to remove all rubbish from the house, neither of which had been expected. We would recommend Jane unconditionally if you are looking for a more than responsible house sitter who will treat your home as she would her own. 

Devi Benson and Aarn Tate, Amberley, New Zealand

Jane looked after our home and animals from the 5th to the 7th of October. We were very happy with her services. The animals were very well looked after and the house was spotless. Jane was very concerned about our pets wellbeing checking in with us about food, walks and reinsured us while we were away that the animals are well. We will definitely use Jane's services again in the future if she is available. 

Regina Christensen, Richmond

A massive thank you to Jane for her wonderful care of my two fur babies while I was away recently. Cleo (the dog) had long daily walks on the beach, and Mr Perkins (the cat) - who is normally a bit stand-offish with people he doesn't know - quickly fell under her spell. Jane updated me regularly by text (with photographs) and both pets were obviously happy and well-fed. Jane stripped and remade her bed with clean linen before she departed (just hours before I returned), and left lovely vases of flowers in the kitchen and dining room. The house was clean and tidy and she had kept the garden well-watered - lots of new spring growth was in evidence. She had even tried to mow the lawns for me, only to be thwarted by both lawnmowers (understandably!) I have already asked her to house-sit for me again next year so would obviously not hesitate to recommend her to others. Thanks again, Jane - we all look forward to seeing you in about 12 months time!

Bev, Amberly, Canterbury

Jane was fantastic. The house sit was a little last minute and with farm animals not the usual but Jane took this all in her stride and did a wonderful job. If any animals were unwell she was proactive in there care. I was not returning to my house and another housesitter/ boarder moved in and Jane made this transition very easy as she took time to show my new house sitter the ropes. The house and farm were left very tidy and Jane even did some extra duties around my garden and land. I would recommend Jane to any one wanting a caring clean tidy house sitter. Nicki, Balclutha, Otago

Jane looked after our 2 dogs including one young puppy with great care. She is trustworthy and I would book her again.

Karen, Maitai Valley, Nelson

Jane looked after my dog Tansy  for 4 weeks while I was away in Europe.  Tansy is a very lively, energetic 2 year old pointer/retriever cross and had lots of great exercise with Jane.  I returned home to a well kept house and happy, healthy dog.  I have no hesitation in recommending her as a great and reliable house/dog-sitter.

Dinah, Nelson

Jane was an exceptional house/animal sitter. We had 9 working dogs, 1 puppy and 2 Rottweilers, 3 cats, 3 hens and a goat for Jane to look after and we couldn't be here when she arrived. So Jane took it all in her stride and handled all the animals extremely well. Her communication was excellent, the house was left super tidy and the animals well loved.

Nic, Oamaru

Jane was fab. Would have her back any time.

Taramara, Nelson

Thank you Jane. We were very happy and confident to have you house and pet sit for us. Thanks for everything. Jane was very thoughtful about the animals and checked details. Great sitter!

Heather, Marybank, Nelson

Jane was amazing! She looked after our dobe & two cats. Our dobe instantly clicked with her - she definitely has a way with animals. Our house was left really clean & tidy too. I will definitely use Jane's services again in future and highly recommend her to others.

Jen, Nelson

Knowing Jane was looking after our two cats and our home made our holiday all that more enjoyable and relaxing.  Jane has a lovely way about her and our boys bonded with her real quick.  Our house looked great when we go back, and she also put out the sugar water daily for our visiting Tui.  We’ll definitely get Jane back again the next time we go away – that’s if she’s not already booked

Joanna & Damon

Leaving a greatly loved fur baby and house is always stressful, but with Jane we found a safe pair of hands, a real animal lover and great communicator all wrapped up in one.  Having met all of one hour beforehand we left our cat and house in her capable hands for 6 days - our fur baby was happy and relaxed on our return, and the house was immaculate.  We happily recommend her to anyone else and hope to use her again.

Lynda, Richmond

Jane made our holiday away from home very easy. We've got a couple of older horses, several pet sheep and an overweight cat. One of the horses is on medication and their water needed changing regularly due to the messy Pukekos bathing in it, plus they were given a break of grass behind an electric wire. The horses also needed their covers removed the first day after heavy rain and Jane did a marvelous job of looking after them all. Jane is very capable and responsible and definitely recommend her as a house sitter.

Anne, Richmond 

Jane responded to our need to a house sitter on quite short notice, which we appreciated. She came and meet with us before the house sit so she could meet everyone before we went away. The animals were immediately relaxed with her and her experience at housesitting was a great comfort to us. We were only way a few days but we were able to enjoy our wee break away knowing that everything at home was being well looked after. When we arrived home it was great that Jane had looked after everything as we had instructed her. Anybody who has Jane housesit for them will be fortunate to benefit from her skills and experience and can be confident that things at home will be well looked after. 

Nicki Haywood Richmond  

Jane looked after our two cocker spaniels and cat for one week when we were on a holiday, and she did a great job. She kept us well informed with emails and photo’s which gave us a real peace of mind so we could really enjoy our time away. In the lead up to the house sit she very communicative and visited us before hand to get acquainted which was great.

The dogs got lots of exercise even more than they are used to, which they loved, and even our shy cat allowed her to give her cuddles. When Jane checked in to say goodbye the day after our return, she was greeted like a family member by the dogs, that said it all.Jane left our house very tidy, and the plants on the deck had been looked after well. We would definitively like Jane to house sit for us again. 

Charles & Wendela Walta, Motueka

I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Jane. She looked after our very elderly border collie who had a lot of requirements including medication, two types of walks and distraction therapy!!! Needless to say our girl is a little bit of a challenge being 16 years old. Jane was simply the best and Holly was in great shape both mentally and physically when we got back after 3 weeks. The icing on top of the cake was walking in and finding the house and property as tidy as when I had left it. This is my first experience of a house sitter so was a little nervous particularly in leaving Holly behind and having someone in the house I did not really know. I feel very fortunate that I happened to pick Jane out of a number as she is completely professional including her care of animals. She simply is superb!!!

Tracey Brightwater

Best dog sitter ever !!!

Jane looked after my two older dogs Kero , large one large Belgian Shepherd and Regie a lab cross while I was on holiday for a month 

My dog are very precious to me And was worried about leaving my animals for so long , Jane was in regular contact and sent me pictures of the dogs chilled out at home and on there walks. they were much happier at home than in a kennel.

Kero and Regie were in safe loving hands with Jane they were both well fed and loved.

I was so grateful for her and I could relax and enjoy my holiday 

Thank you so much Jane 

Nyanne, Stoke

Jane was our house/dog sitter for 6 weeks while we were in Europe. We have 2 dogs and we were very apprehensive about leaving them for so long. Jane looked after them well taking them on lots of runs in the hills everyday which they love and need. She was able to spend most of her time with them each day which was important to us. Jane also communicated well while we were away with updates and photos. We came home to fit and happy dogs and the house had been well cared for and cleaned for our return. 

I would definitely recommend Jane and infact she is house sitting for us again soon.

Vaila Macdonald - Richmond/Nelson

Jane was a great sitter, easy to communicate with (as she was sitting for my Mother and I was organizing it) and great with Millie the cat. The house was tidy on Mums return. We would recommend Jane and would certainly use her again. 

Chris, Nelson Central

The most wonderful thing about inviting Jane to mind your house and care for your animals is her amazing ability to do just that. Her no nonsense practical approach means you dont have to worry about anything. And her skills in relating to and caring for animals exceeds all expectations. Arriving home to a house that is cleaner and fresher than you left it and a happy dog is a real pleasure.

Please feel free to ring us 021 215 8436. It is our pleasure to supply this reference Annie and Robert Thompson

Simply the best is how I would describe Jane. Pets and house all well looked after and cared for. Regular communication made me feel reassured all was ok. Jane also took the time to take my dog to visit my elderly parents .

Anne - Stoke

027 348 4020 

Jane is an absolutely asset to Nelson. She was a pleasure to meet and discuss our ideal situation which she happily obliged. We were 100% confident to leave Jane in our home and minding Murphy for the day, and she was wonderfully flexible and helpful. We'd recommend Jane to anyone looking for a devoted pet sitter. :)

Rebecca - Atawhai Nelson

027 235 4532

Jane house sat for us and looked after our cat and garden. She did an excellent job, even noticed a leak and plumbing problem in the house and was able to avert disaster!

I would highly recommend Jane to anyone.

Ann Russell

Annesbrook, Nelson


Jane looked after my house, garden and Fish while I was away for 3 weeks over the Summer holidays. I found Jane to be very approachable and friendly, with great confidence in looking after pets and Gardens. Jane looked after my two tropical fish tanks and house plants.

I would recommend Jane to anyone who needs their house and pets looked after.

If you need a verbal reference I am only too happy to be contacted on phone

Frances Minogue

Toi Toi Nelson

Ph: 027 66 444 64

We loved having Jane come and stay to look after Louie, Tessa and Indy. She kind of got a handful - one cat had just had an abscess removed and needed two trips to the vet during our absence to get stitches etc out, plus needed medication. The other cat would only turn up sporadically for his meals and our dog was on slightly limited exercise from surgery two months prior. She kept in touch with us while we were away to give us updates and made sure she was completely clear on instructions. We came home to a relaxed household and happy pets.

We'll definitely ask Jane to come and stay again when we go away next time.

Pamela - Tahuna Beach, Nelson 021 766 074

Jane looked after our dog, cat and bird whilst away for a week. She did a fantastic job. 

Prue, Nelson

After using Jane for a week over Christmas and being do impressed, we booked her for another 2 weeks while my husband had a work trip overseas. Highly, highly recommend Jane to anyone. She is caring, responsible, meticulous and really went the extra mile to keep our 2 cats happy. We now call her 'Aunty Jane' to the cats! You will not regret letting your animals meet Jane A+++

Natalie, Nelson 027 376 2460

Jane cared for our cat Tilly and our house and garden for about four weeks. We were absolutely delighted with Jane and how well she took care of everything. She is a lovely, relaxed and friendly person and took very good care of our cat and also the garden by watering our veggies and flowers and even weeding and keeping the lawns under control!! We came home to an immaculately clean house, healthy plants and a happy cat. Jane even left us unopened organic milk in the fridge. She kept in touch during our holiday with photos of our cat and updates which was lovely. I have no hesitations whatsoever in recommending Jane. Please feel free to call me if you would like a verbal reference on 021 267 5059.


I can not recommend Jane highly enough! She was wonderful with our 2 cats and that made it so much easier to go on holiday knowing we did not have to put them in a cattery. She was quick to get in touch with me to arrange a visit and kept in contact prior to and during the sit with updates and photos. She even took extra care and a lot of time trying to find our elusive cat on day 1, who did eventually turn up. The house was vacuumed upon our return and the mail neatly laid out and the kitchen spotless. We have booked her for 2 more weeks when we go overseas. We are so glad we found Jane.

Natalie, Nelson

Jane Manthorpe looked after my dog Ash and my house in Maraetai while I was overseas.  

I highly recommend Jane as a house sitter.  I came back to a lovely clean and tidy home and a very happy Ash who was quite smitten with her.  Jane stayed in touch with me throughout my trip to let me know how things were going which I hugely appreciated. 

I would certainly to be happy to ask her to house sit again in the future should the need arise. 

If you would like to contact me for a verbal reference please do so

Karen Brown, Maraeti, Auckland

Home: 09 5335412

Mobile 021 1809162

Jane was professional and did a very good job of looking after both my apartment and my cat. I returned from my holiday to find my apartment was well looked after and was in the same condition I left it in. My pet was well fed and was provided with the required amount of attention and care that I would normally give her. I have no hesitation in recommending Jane to anyone who is after someone who is responsible, trustworthy, and well experienced with animals.

Robin, New Plymouth housesit

We have two adorable cats and a little dog Sophie. They are our little treasures and very much an important part of our family. We have to be honest and say that we were pretty nervous at the thought of having a stranger come to stay in our home to housesit. However our fears where completely unfounded from the moment Jane arrived, Sophie immediately warmed to her, which is unusual as she is a shy little dog normally. It wasn’t long before Sophie and the cats were all competing for Jane’s attention. We new straight away that we could quite happily go on our trip and know that the animals would be having a great time with their new found friend. We had a few days with Jane before we left as she was going to look after our business too while we where away. She took care of processing and dispatching our customers’ orders very efficiently, which was a huge help to us. We arrived home to a happy, warm, clean home and three very happy pets. Our little dog was looking quite fit after her daily walks and runs with Jane and the cats where relaxed and happy too. Jane is also a wonderful animal healer and they certainly enjoyed her massages. We have no hesitation in strongly recommending Jane for your housesit. 

From Anne and Dave Jordan (The Hemp Farm) - HAMILTON

Jane was great with the animals. She took the dogs for long walks and both the cats and the dogs were in good condition when I returned.. Any queries please feel free to contact me. Janet

JANET Matamata, North Island

Jane is an exceptional woman and housesitter. She is so reliable,honest, diligent, responsible, loving, kind to animals, and fun and goes the extra mile... Jane is the best house sitter we've had and she also got really close to us in the short time we had before and after our trip together. she's one in a million... Thanks so much Jane... all the best for you in your goals in life. We're so grateful for you having looked after our home and animals. Bella misses you too. Delaine and Francis

DELAINE Morningside, North Island

I cannot recommend Jane highly enough, she cared for our house, cats and dog like they were her own for over 3 months. She is a lady of great integrity who felt more like a member of our family than a house sitter. She is very organised with a more than attitude to the point of finding us our new home and representing us at auction, successfully using bidding strategies that saw other bidders off and getting the house at the price we wanted. When we returned to NZ and viewed the house we loved it, it was a perfect home for our family and pets. Thank you Jane for all your help and we look forward to seeing you again hopefully in the not to distant future at the new home you found for us:-)

MAGGIE Maraetai

We were lucky enough to have Jane housesit for 3 weeks. It was wonderful to return home to an immaculate house, well-maintained grounds and a very very happy and fit dog. Jane communicated really well with us throughout, including taking the time to meet us and animals beforehand. I can recommend Jane wholeheartedly and am more than happy to be contacted as a reference. I wish Jane all the best and hope to have the pleasure of her housesitting skills again. MARY Paraparaumu Beach

Jane was a pleasure to deal with in all respects. Jane did a wonderful job of looking after our cat and dog walking and feeding and generally care and affection. Jane also took great care of the yard watering the garden and mowing the lawn even!!! The house too was tidy, vacuumed and clean. It was so easy to communicate with Jane in advance and during her stay and we would not hesitate to ask her to house sit again or to recommend her to anyone. Totally reliable and trustworthy - a stress free experience.

PIP Titahi Bay, North Island

I was happy with the services Jane provided. 

Jane met us prior to the date to get the low down on what to do, we also had several conversations during the time. One to fine tune her knowledge of the animals and report on their health and social health and another where we were returning later 

than planned and wanted a briefing on how it all went. We received a thorough run down how the animals were doing and their wellbeing. 

My animals were happy, healthy and well cared for and in great shape when I returned. 

There was one thing I was particularly pleased with on my return, we had a vacuum problem just before we left that meant we were unable to vacuum our post Xmas home before Jane arrived. We returned to a very well vacuumed home and the kitchen was cleaner than when we left, and the house was secure, clean and tidy. 

I recommend Jane and happy to be contacted about my experience. 

Sue Lytollis


Jane Manthorpe house sat for us but it was unusual circumstances as we didn’t actually get an opportunity to meet Jane in person before she arrived at our home. Bearing this in mind, based on email and phone conversations, a Skype chat and references provided, we felt more than comfortable having her in our home while we went on holiday. Jane looked after our home and cat as if they were her own. We came home to a healthy, happy cat and a lovely clean and tidy house. I highly recommend Jane to anyone who is considering going away on holiday with or without pets and I wish her all the best. Thanks Jane! Lizzie Blount – Lower Hutt

LIZZIE Waiwhetu, North Island

Jane house and dog sat for us for two months. She did an excellent job of keeping the house as it was left, enjoying the surrounds ad taking care of the two dogs (which we wouldn't have left to a non-dog experienced person). Jane is a trustworthy, fun and an enjoyable person to get to know and she did everything we asked of her like weekly dehumidifying and other upkeep of the place. I would recommend Jane as a house and animal sitter to anyone.

WENDY Wellington

Jane house sat/cat sat for us for 5 weeks. She was very friendly and approachable, and kept in regular contact with us both before and during our trip, and took wonderful care of the cat and house while we were away. We returned to a clean and tidy house and a very happy cat :) I would absolutely recommend Jane as a house sitter to anyone, particularly those with pets :)

FIONA (Korokoro, Lower Hutt

The overall housesitting experience I found with Jane was very professional. I planned to be away for 5 weeks and had a specific criteria for the type of house sitter that I was after. Jane met my criteria and did a very good job of looking after both my apartment and my cat. I returned from my holiday to find my apartment was well looked after and was in the same condition I left it in. My pet was well fed and was provided with the required amount of attention and care that I would normally give her. I have no hesitation in recommending Jane to anyone who is after someone who is responsible, trustworthy, and well experienced with animals.

Robin of the New Plymouth housesit 

Our primary reason for getting a house sitter was to ensure our very needy cat had plenty of cuddles and attention. Jane came to stay 2 nights before we went away to get to know our cat and the house and she was a pleasure to have around. While we were away she let us know how everything was and we returned home to a very cuddly, well fed and happy cat. I don't think he missed us one bit! We would absolutely recommend Jane for house sitting because she absolutely spoiled our cat with attention and the house was very well looked after. We would not hesitate to use her again, and I'm sure the cat would be pleased to see her again too.

ALAINA Maungaraki, Lower Hutt, Wellington


Jane's services

At your home

Dog Walking
An experienced dog walker will pick up your dog from your home for a 30 min walk
10 NZD for each additional pet
30 NZD
One home visit a day
Book a pet sitter to stop by your home to feed and play with your pet
35 NZD
House Sitting
A sitter stays overnight in your home and cares for your pet
70 NZD
Two home visits a day
Two drop-in visits for your pet
40 NZD

Jane also offers

Cancellation policy: Moderate

Full refund if canceled before 12:00 p.m. 7 days before the booking, 50% refund afterward.

No refund is payable if the booking is canceled on or after the start date.

Note: All times are based on the sitter’s time zone

Doggy day care and Dog walks always have a flexible cancellation policy:

Full refund if canceled before 12:00 p.m. one day before the booking, 50% refund afterward.

No refund is payable if the booking is canceled on or after the start date.


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Treatment of animals
House Sitting
Charlotte & Corey, 2024-02-21

Very happy dogs on our return and a clean house. Will happily use Jane again.

House Sitting
Jean, 2023-11-23

I have just returned from a week away and found one happy and relaxed cat and an immaculate clean house.

Thank you Jane. I am very grateful.

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Specific Skills

I speak English
+5 years of experience
Familiar with dog training techniques
I absolutely love any animal and very patient, loving and caring. I adore their company. I have been Pet sitting for 13 years now and loved every moment. I have looked after, dogs, cats, horses, alpacas, ewes, lambs, goats, reptile, birds, cows, hens, chickens, tropical fish and the list goes on. Experienced in lifestyle blocks and practical to do jobs necessary for maintenance. I am experienced with horses as grew up with them and trained and cared for them. I also grew up with dogs, especially labradors in the family, and have owned several other types of dogs. I have always had a cat to keep me company and experienced in taking in stray cats that are stressed to making them a happy lap cats. I have Animal Healing training which is a specific Reiki massage technique that I have used to calm animals who are stressed or need extra love and they respond well to it. I find because of my loving, caring and gentle energy and my experience with healing, animals are naturally drawn to me.

Experience with

Rescuing pets
Behavioural problems




Genuine, Trustworthy, Caring And Experienced Pet Sitter

Dog walking
Min. 30-minute walks
10 NZD for each additional pet
30 NZD
All services and rates
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Cancellation policy: Moderate

Full refund if canceled before 12:00 p.m. 7 days before the booking, 50% refund afterward.

No refund is payable if the booking is canceled on or after the start date.

Note: All times are based on the sitter’s time zone

Doggy day care and Dog walks always have a flexible cancellation policy:

Full refund if canceled before 12:00 p.m. one day before the booking, 50% refund afterward.

No refund is payable if the booking is canceled on or after the start date.

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