Australians earn hundreds of dollars every week by providing pet care services, which are often cheaper than traditional kennel boarding for pets.
Online marketplaces are full of ads from people looking for someone to care for their pets when they go away.
Animal lover Violet Wang, 19, joined Airtasker a year after working as a part-time animal carer for other services.
“I make all kinds of pets, dogs, cats, chickens, horses and other animals.” I am studying animal science for my bachelor’s degree and am therefore very interested in animals. “This is my passion,” she said.
“I actually work in a stable and in a call center, so it’s more of a part-time job that I enjoy and makes me a little more money.”
Australians pursue pet sitting as a side business through online marketplaces like Airtasker to make extra money
Animal lover Violet Wang (pictured), 19, joined Airtasker this year after working as an animal carer through other services
‘I love it. “I love spending time with many different breeds and animals.”
Ms Wang revealed that she was fully booked over the Christmas period as people went on holiday.
“Many families are traveling and obviously can’t take their pet with them. So it’s a busy time so I’m fully booked over Christmas,” she said.
“The demand for pets is now very high.”
“Airtasker is so much cheaper, I used to work for a pet resort and it’s so expensive. I find a lot of people go to Airtasker looking for better deals.”
Sydneysider Nadiana Albistur is another pet sitter who started taking on a part-time job for extra cash during the COVID pandemic.
“During COVID, I had free time, I had a little more time and I wanted to make a little more money,” she said.
“I enjoy pets and taking care of them.” “I’ve had pets myself, but I don’t currently have a dog of my own.”
Animal lover Nadiana Albistur (pictured) is one of many Australians who have started caring for animals part-time to make extra money
Ms Albistur said she noticed more people needed a pet sitter at the start of the year as they went back to work or study after the holiday season
“I love the company of them, being able to play with them and taking them to the dog park.”
“I like to send owners updates to let them know their pets are doing well and just make sure pet parents are grateful that their pets are in good hands.”
Ms Albistur said she noticed more people needed a pet sitter at the start of the year as they went back to work or study after the holiday season.
“They want their pet to have company while they’re out and about,” she said.
“It’s so prohibitively expensive to send pets to boarding kennels. I think that’s why people go to Airtasker.”
Sydneysider Amy Indrawan, who has a two-year-old French bulldog and a beagle, was paid a whopping $3,000 for pet boarding over a three-week period.
However, through Airtasker, she managed to find someone who agreed to take care of her dogs within her $700 budget.
“People offered to pet my dogs at their house, while some were willing to pet my dogs at my house or just come over and walk them and feed them,” she said.
Data has shown that the number of people using Airtasker for pet care has increased by 52 percent in the last six months
“I have used Airtasker three times and all three times I have found someone who is reliable and trustworthy to take care of my fur babies and what I like most is that I can determine how much I am willing to pay for pet care. “
Ms. Indrawan said she was astonished to find out that some pet boarding facilities charge even more than daycare centers to care for other people’s children.
Dog boarding prices top out at over $100 per day during the holiday season, while child care fees average less than $100 per day due to the government parental discount.
According to data from the online marketplace, the number of people using Airtasker for pet care has increased by 52 percent in the last six months.
The busiest month for pet sitting jobs on the site is January during the holiday season.