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Summer

Wildlife filmmaker, experienced sitter, & all-round animal lover

Wellington
12 times favorited
14 recurring guests
Last booked 9 days ago
Last contacted 9 days ago
Last active 3 days ago
Usually responds within one day
<8h
Response time
100%
Response rate
House sitting
24h stay, in your home
50 NZD
/night
All services and rates

About Summer

I'm Summer and I’m an experienced and caring pet sitter. I offer over 2 years of Pawshake experience and have had a blast caring for a range of animals in that time. I love being around animals and getting to know them, and since moving away from my hometown Blenheim, I felt this was lacking in my life. Needless to say Pawshake has filled that gap for me! I've recently moved from Dunedin to Wellington and have been enjoying exploring my new city. Over the past couple of months living here I have been involved with lots of volunteering with the Department of Conservation on Kapiti Island, the Wellington Bird Rehabilitation Trust and the Remutaka Forest Park Trust. I have also started working at Zealandia as a tour guide part-time, in between doing camera work.

What I can offer you is undivided attention for your pet during walks and home-visits, as well as your pet being able to stay in their own home during house-sitting visits.

This means your pets don't have to deal with the stress of kennels or catteries. I've had many pet-owners metion to me how important this has been for their pet, particularly ones who are anxious around other animals or people, and who are much happier when at home. I acknowledge that my services are more expensive than catteries and kennels but I believe the attentive care I provide makes it worth it. Also incorporated into my pricing is the 19% fee that Pawshake takes from the booking to cover their insurance costs.

Growing up, I have always been surrounded by pets of all types - cats, dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs, budgies, chickens, goats, lambs, even frogs - and as a result am a careful and patient carer of them. I grew up watching nature programmes on TV which prompted me to study for my degree in natural history filmmaking. With my recent move up to Wellington I plan on working on some of my own film projects, which should leave me some free time for pet sitting. I have recently completed a Masters degree in Science Communication, and have an undergraduate degree in Zoology both obtained at the University of Otago. In the past I have worked at the Royal Albatross Centre in Dunedin as a wildlife tour guide, and have done volunteer work with animals at Orokonui Ecosanctuary, the Dunedin Wildlife Hospital, and the SPCA. I have my own vehicle and full drivers licence.

My goal as a Pawshaker is to leave your pets happy and relaxed for you when you come home, and to ensure you have peace of mind during my time with them. I love sending updates while you’re away, and I get lots of awesome feedback from pet owners. My best attributes are my hard-working and nurturing nature, and bubbly, positive personality. I’m organised, efficient and friendly. I can provide my services in between my part-time work at Zealandia and occassional camera work, so I’d love to hear from you!

Summer's services

At your home

House Sitting
Find a trusted home sitter to watch your pet overnight in your home
50 NZD
/night
Home Visits
Book a sitter to visit your home to feed and play with your pets
40 NZD for two visits a day
23 NZD
/day

Summer also offers

Pick up / drop off

Cancellation policy: Flexible

Full refund if cancelled before noon one day before the booking, 50% refund afterwards

Reviews

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Home Visits
Anna, 2019-11-25

Summer did a fantastic job looking after my two little cats - she communicated clearly and sent a photo when she visited

Home Visits
Victoria, 2019-11-17

Summer was an excellent sitter, and she was more than willing to take on two home visits a day at quite short notice. Gryphon was well cared for and was perfectly content when we got back, and Summer's communication was excellent and consistent throughout the week. I'll definitely be getting in touch with Summer again for any future pet sitting jobs.

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Skills

Specific Skills

I speak English
< 5 years of experience
Familiar with dog training techniques
Can take care of exotic animals
  • Bachelor of Science majoring in Zoology (2016)
  • Masters in Science Communication (2018)
  • Volunteering in animal care (caring for water birds at Wellington Bird Rehab, feeding and monitoring native species, lizard handling, SPCA Marlborough)
  • Pet sitting for friends and family
  • Full licence
  • Photography

Can Administer

Oral medications

Experience with

Animal welfare as a volunteer
Rescuing pets
Behavioural problems

Stats

<8h
Response time
100%
Response rate
3d ago
Last activity
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Summer

Summer

Wildlife filmmaker, experienced sitter, & all-round animal lover

Wellington
House sitting
24h stay, in your home
50 NZD
/night
All services and rates

Cancellation policy: Flexible

Full refund if cancelled before noon one day before the booking, 50% refund afterwards

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