Visit Prices


Minimum Visit Policy: For out-of-town clients, I maintain a minimum standard of two visits per calendar day for cats and small animals, and a minimum of three visits per calendar day for dogs.  

As a guide, my recommendation for dogs is 4.5 to 5 hours between visits until bedtime. All of my current out-of-town clients book four visits per day (one of those visits is early morning and one of those visits is at bedtime); a couple clients make one visit a short visit (15 minutes). 

There can be exceptions to this policy, entirely case-by-case: 1) If I know the client well, and I am backing up a friend, neighbor, or family member who is also checking on the pet and communicating with me. 2) And, only with cats, if I am taking over for a previous pet sitter, and one visit a day is what the cat is used to, I may roll with one visit a day. 

▪ Short Visits (up to around15 minutes) Available for In-Town/Calendar Day Trip Clients

A standard visit runs around 30 minutes.
Out-of-Town = Away from Home More than One Calendar Day; a day where you aren't sleeping in your own bed overnight 
Single Visit: $17.00
Same Calendar Day, Subsequent Visits, per visit: $14.00
15 Minute Visit for In-Town/Calendar Day Trip Clients: $15.00

Single Visit: $20.00
Same Calendar Day, Subsequent Visits, per visit: $17.00
15 Minute Visit for In-Town/Calendar Day Trip Clients: $15.00

Mixed Pet Household*
Single Visit: $20.00
Same Calendar Day, Subsequent visits, per visit: $17.00
15 Minute Visit for In-Town/Calendar Day Trip Clients: $15.00

Small Pets (Warm-blooded, Non-canine, Non-feline)*
Single Visit: $17.00
Same Calendar Day, Subsequent Visits, per visit: $14 .00
15 Minute Visit for In-Town/Calendar Day Trip Clients: $15.00

Rates and Visits are non-negotiable.

Prices effective January 1, 2013.

Regarding Visits Per Day.  

NorthStar Pet's interest is entirely in your pet's welfare. Our pets are our companions and require human interaction to thrive, especially when their families are not home.

There are just two types of visits: 1) A standard visit (around 30 minutes) and 2) A short visit (up to around15 minutes). The point of a short visit is to attend to potty needs (can include a brief walk), medication, and attention. 

*As far as number of animals per household - we'll deal with that case-by-case. If you have more than two dogs, and they have access to a secured yard to go outside, current pricing can apply. If there are more than two dogs and walks are required, it would defy the laws of time and space to provide quality services within 30 minutes, so additional charges will apply. 

Some pet households, especially multiple pet households, in spite of our efforts will not realistically qualify for a Short Visit.  NorthStar Pet reserves the right to use discretion to manage reality and decide up front on whether or not the needs of a household visit would qualify. We'll talk.

NorthStar Pet includes a one visit price (along with the 15 minute Short Visit) for days that you are 1) in-town, 2) are home part of the day before you leave town or return, or 3) out-of-town and want a mix of single visits (minimums apply) and a quick check-in at some other point in the day. 

NorthStar Pet provides in-home visits only and does not provide in-home overnight services. 

Specific Needs 

If your pet has specific needs at specific times, such as medication, be sure to factor that into your visit request. 

Paying for Services

I'll leave an invoice and SASE for your convenience. Terms are seven days.

For regularly scheduled and daily visit clients, I'll bill monthly on the last day of each month. Terms are seven days.

Cash, Check, Zelle, Venmo. Secure Major Debit and Credit Card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx, Pay Pal) Online Payment Option Available 

For debit and credit card transactions, NorthStar Pet Services utilizes Pay Pal and is PayPal Verified! Same seven day payment terms apply.

When you schedule services, just let NorthStar Pet know you'd like to pay by debit or credit card, provide your e-mail address, and you'll receive a special PayPal e-mail invoice. You follow the simple instructions on your e-mail invoice and you can securely and simply process payment online! (Remember, only do online business with reputable sites and when a website starts with https://)

NorthStar Pet does not honor or accept online gift cards or certificates through a third party. (For example, 

For additional information, click on the Policies tab.

Updated August 23, 2021.