Pet Resources

Our Insurance & Bonding
Local Pet Shelters & Rescue Organizations
Pet Articles, Books, & Information
Faribault's Veterinarians & Pet Resources
Getting Ready for Your Pet Sitter
Pet Disaster Preparedness
For Pet Sitters

Pet Books for Kids

Our Insurance & Bonding

Our liability insurance and surety bonding is though Pet Sitters Associates, LLC. The documents describing our coverage are available online on the Pet Sitters Associates' Insurance Program page. Our proof of insurance is available at the introductory visit and upon request.

Local Pet Shelters & Rescue Organizations


This is a wonderful web site and one of my personal favorites. Animals shelters across the country list their available pets on this site. You can search by type of animal, breed, age, size, and even by shelter. You can find exactly the pet you're looking for! Also, check out the Library section for great pet articles.

Prairie's Edge Humane Society
(formerly Rice County Humane Society)

I'm so proud that our city is home to Prarie's Edge Humane Society! They are one of my favorite organizations and three of my own pets have been adopted from them (including Arielle shown in the picture on this page). They have a new and improved web site that lists their current animals in need of homes. Their animal listings are also on PetFinder. If you have the chance and need an animal "fix", stop by and visit their facilities. The cat colony is especially fun!

Pet Articles, Books, & Information

Humane Society of the United States

The HSUS web site shares a wealth of information on pets and pet ownership. They also have information on animals in the wild, farm animals, marine mammals, and animals in research. It is a great stop to make in your animal research!

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

ASPCA's Ani-Med

The ASPCA web site and their companion site Ani-Med are a treasure trove of pet care articles, including special pages made especially for smaller animals like birds, fish, rabbits, ferrets, mice, etc. ASPCA also operates the Animal Poison Control Center Hotline available by phone at (888) 426-4435 (however, be aware that there may be a charge for this service).

American Animal Hospital Association Pet Care Library

The web site is published by AAHA, the professional organization of animal hospitals. They have a number of articles about dogs, cats, exotics, and your veterinarian.

American Veterinary Medical Association - Animal Health

The AVMA is the largest veterinary organization worldwide. The Animal Health section of their web site has brochures about many aspects of pet ownership especially the issues that veterinarians are likely to deal with most often (diseases, euthanasia, pet loss, etc.)

Puppies 'N Dogs: Science of Puppy Selection, Raising, & Training

This web page was recommended to me by Ms. DiCaprio's 4th grade class in the Pine Mountain School District of California. It's a great page with tons of puppy information. If you've ever had a puppy, you know how much there is to learn and how many questions you have and this page will definitely help you on your way. Thanks to Ms. DiCaprio's 4th graders for the link to such great puppy-raising information!

Dog Breed Info

This web site has tons of useful information about pretty much every dog breed out there. I recommend it with a caveat, however, because they have become very enamored of Cesar Milan and his aggressive means of training dogs. I would disregard any information that involves talk of "dominance", "top dog", "submissive", "alpha", or the like. There is still a treasure trove of information on this site and I haven't ever found another that is quite so comprehensive.

House Rabbit Society

The House Rabbit Society is an international rabbit rescue organization. Their web site provides great information on rabbit behavior, health, and care. It also has rabbit pictures, a section for kids, and links to other rabbit resources. If you have a rabbit in your household, this page is worth your time to visit.

MN Companion Rabbit Society

Another great source of rabbit information and a gateway to adoption and the rabbit community in Minnesota.

Guinea Lynx

This site is a treasure trove of information on guinea pigs, from diet and housing to medical and emergency care, plus much more! I rely on this page to figure out what fresh foods I can feed my pigs and how much. They also have brochures on guinea pig care that are great for new owners or for animal shelters to give out to potential adopters.

Cavy Cages

This is the definitive guinea pig cage web site! Find out how to house your pigs to give them the space they need to keep them mentally and physically healthy. Plus, you can see photos from other guinea pig owners of the cages and cage accessories they have crafted for their furry friends.

Recommended Books
These are some great animal books I have come across over the years . I have provided links so you can read reviews from other pet owners.

The Super Simple Guide to Housetraining, Revised Ed.
Anderson, Teoti
T.F.H. Publications, Inc.: Neptune City, NJ. 2004 Reviews

The Culture Clash
Donaldson, Jean
James & Kenneth Publishers: Berkeley, CA. 2005 Reviews

The Well-Mannered Dog: From Dealing with Cats to Staying in Hotels, a Total Guide to Good Manners
Hoffman, Matthew, editor
Rodale Press, Inc.: Emmaus, PA. 1999 Reviews

Good Owners, Great Dogs: A Training Manual for Humans and their Canine Companions
Kilcommons, Brian and Sarah Wilson
Warner Books: New York, NY. 1999 Reviews

On Talking Terms With Dogs: Calming Signals. 2nd Ed.
Rugaas, Turid
Dogwise Publishing: Wenatchee, WA. 2006 Reviews

It's Me Or The Dog: How to Have The Perfect Dog
Stilwell, Victoria
Hyperion: New York, NY. 2007 Reviews

The Rabbit Handbook
Gendrom, Karen
Barron's: New York, NY. 2000 Reviews

Rabbits for Dummies
Pavia, Audrey
Wiley Publishers: New York, NY. 2003 Reviews

My Guinea Pig
Birmelin, Immanuel
Barron's Educational Series, Inc.: Hauppage, NY. 2008 Reviews

Bearded Dragons
Purser, Philip
TFH Publications: Neptune City, NJ. 2006 Reviews

Faribault's Veterinarians & Pet Resources

Heartland Animal Hospital
1200 Lyndale Ave N, Faribault MN 55021
(507) 332-0716

Paddington's Feed & Seed
2007 Grant St, Faribault, MN 55021
(507) 334-3030

Faribault Veterinary Clinic
2200 Lyndale Ave N, Faribault MN 55021
(507) 334-2068

Also, just up the road in Dundas...

Chuck & Don's Pet Food Outlet
615 Stafford Rd, Dundas, MN 55019
(507) 664-9537

Getting Ready for Your Pet Sitter

These online articles discuss what to expect from a pet sitter and how to best prepare for your pet sitter so your pet sitting experience can be as fulfilling as possible for you and your pet.

Choosing A Pet Sitter (Humane Society of the United States)

Prepare Your Home and Pet (PetSitUSA)

Hiring A Pet Sitter (National Association of Professional Pet Sitters)
Get the Most Out Of Your Pet Sitter (National Association of Professional Pet Sitters)

National Association of Professional Pet Sitters (NAPPS) Pledge of Professional Conduct
The guidelines that all members (including Jill's Pet Sitting) of NAPPS must adhere to.

Pet Disaster Preparedness

Although it's never pleasant to think about, disasters can and do happen. The best way to minimize their impact on you and your pets is to plan ahead and educate yourself. Hurricane Katrina starkly illustrated the issues of pet disaster planning (or lack thereof). While we don't live in a hurricane-prone area, we still encounter blizzards, ice storms, severe thunderstorms, and tornadoes each year in Minnesota. Jill's Pet Sitting will generally follow the guidelines in the NAPPS document (linked below) when dealing with disaster or emergency situations. For your pet's sake, please use some of these important resources to prepare your family in case disaster strikes.

National Association of Professional Pet Sitters' Disaster Preparedness Plan for Pet Owners (NAPPS) (This is a PDF document)

Disaster Planning for Pets, Family (Humane Society of the United States)

Disaster Preparedness (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals)

Noah's Wish
This organization is devoted exclusively to animal disaster preparedness.

Saving the Whole Family Brochure (American Veterinary Medical Association)
Another organization devoted to animal disaster preparedness. They have simple and easy checklists to help you care for your pets even during a disaster.

For Pet Sitters

Professional Pet Sitting Organizations

National Association of Professional Pet Sitters (NAPPS)

Pet Sitters International (PSI)

Useful Pet Sitting Web Sites

PetSit USA

Pet Sitting Business Books

The Professional Pet Sitter: Your Guide to Starting and Operating a Successful Service
Mangold, Lori & Scott
Paws-itive Press: Central Point, OR. 2005 Reviews

Pet Sitting For Profit, 3rd Edition
Moran, Patti J.
Howell Book House: Hoboken, NJ. 2006 Reviews

Pet Books for Kids

Children's books are some of my favorite reads! Here are a few of my son and my favorites that have pet themes.

The Day Jimmy's Boa Ate the Wash
Noble, Trinka Hakes, pictures by Steven Kellogg
Find it at the Library

The Digging-est Dog
Perkins Al, illustrated by Eric Gurney
Find it at the Library

A Fish Out of Water
Palmer, Helen
Find it at the Library

Good Boy, Fergus!
Shannon, David
Find it at the Library

Katje the Windmill Cat
Woelfle, Gretchen, illustrated by Nicola Bayley
Find it at the Library

"Let's Get a Pup!" Said Kate
Graham, Bob
Find it at the Library

Mutt Dog!
King, Stephen Michael
Find it at the Library

Olivia and the Missing Toy
Falconer, Ian
Find it at the Library

The Stray Dog
Simont, Marc, from a true story by Reiko Sassa
Find it at the Library

Comfy Green-Eyed Kitty


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