The Friendly Petsitters (formerly Canberra’s Friendly Petsitter) was launched in 2014 by Kristen Holzapfel, a social worker with several years’ experience in both private and public sectors. She began Petsitting for friends and family many years before leaving the public service to concentrate on building The Friendly Petsitters.

Within a year, Kristen found she had more business that one person could handle and began hiring Petsitters to help her meet demand. All Petsitters are personally screened to ensure all have more than enough experience with animals, are non-smokers and carry a Working With Vulnerable People (WWVP) card or have a Working With Children Check depending on the state.

In 2020, the business changed hands to the new owners; Steph and Dom with Kristen still being close by, working as a Petsitter. The Friendly Petsitters now is extending its reach to the surrounding regions of the ACT, and now operates out of Wollongong as well.

The Friendly Petsitters are a professional and genuinely caring petsitting service operating from Canberra to the Central coast. We provide a premium service providing a range of in-home pet care options.

As opposed to kennels/catteries, boarding facilities or “daycare” options, an in-home Petsitter ensures your pets are cared for right where they are most comfortable – in their own home.

You also enjoy the convenience of knowing your home remains lived in and secure while you are away.

What makes The Friendly Petsitters different?

  1. Your pets can stay in their own home and receive one-on-one care from a petsitter who stays overnight with them.
  2. The Friendly Petsitters don’t just service part of Canberra or Wollongong, we service all surrounding regions too.
  3. All of our Friendly Petsitters have telephone support and are comprehensively insured with public liability and worker compensation.
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