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Your Critter Companions (c) is seeking mature, reliable & responsible pet service providers who possess exceptional good judgment and have pet care experience. Our services tend to cluster around 2 types of schedules: 1. you should be available MOST EVENINGS & / OR WEEKENDS, or, 2. you should be available MOST WEEKDAYS. We also require that candidates commit to being available MOST MAJOR HOLIDAYS including Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years. Areas of service are Los Altos, Los Gatos, Mountain View, Saratoga, Campbell, Santa Clara, Sunnyvale, north and central San Jose, Palo Alto, Milpitas, Fremont, Newark, Union City, Hayward, Dublin, Alamo, Danville, San Ramon, Pleasanton, Livermore, San Leandro, San Lorenzo, and Castro Valley. If you live in the following specific areas, we have immediate work: Mountain View, Sunnyvale, Palo Alto, Cupertino, Santa Clara, Fremont, Union City, Newark. We're looking for mature individuals who are able to successfully pass a work-related background check, have a great love and respect for animals, the ability to reliably provide outstanding customer service, a willingness to learn and a great sense of humor.


  • Midday Dog Walks / Daily Pet Visits: Mon-Fri -- most services are between 10am and 3pm (some services may be before 10am or after 3pm, and may include weekend as well as night services; some services may be up to an hour in length)
  • Morning Dog Walks / Morning Pet Visits: Mon-Sun -- most services are between 8am and 10am, and are 30 minutes in length (some early mornings may be before 8am; some services may be up to an hour in length)
  • Afternoon Dog Walks / Afternoon Pet Visits: Mon-Sun  -- most services are between 3pm-6pm, and 30 minutes in length (some services may be later in the day, and / or up to an hour in length)
  • Evening Dog Walks / Evening Pet Visits: Mon-Sun -- most services are between 4pm and 10pm, and 30 minutes in length
  • Overnight Pet Sitting: sitter is expected to be at the client location from approx. 5pm until 8am the following morning (must be able to spend the night at the client location)
  • Medication assistance (most common are oral meds, such as pills)
  • Pet Transportation Services (ex. to and from groomer or vet)

We are also looking for sitters in all cities who have the ability to provide pet boarding & daycare in the sitter's home: usually weekends, but can be consecutive days in a week: 7am -- 10am drop-off and 4pm -- 8pm pick-up. You must be able to provide your own insurance, and allow periodic home inspections by YCC management as well as clients.


We are a premium professional dog walking and pet sitting business serving the East Bay, South Bay and Peninsula, operating for the past 7+ years. Unlike many other small operations and services, we have thrived during the recent economic downturn since we are known in the area for providing excellent service. We do a significant amount of marketing to locate new pet clients on a daily basis, have been featured in major publications including the "CostCo Connection", and have partnered with major pet product retailers such as PetCo. Most of the service we perform can fit with and around just about any type of schedule prospective sitters & dog walkers may have -- some of our sitters & dog walkers are stay-at-home parents, some work full-time somewhere else and part-time with YCC, some staff have their own businesses such as massage therapists or photographers, some have their own independent pet clients outside of YCC. You can work as much, or as little, as you prefer -- your availability and type of services you can provide determine your compensation (there is no minimum or upper cap on compensation). You do not need to find your own clients -- we do this for you! You can also keep working with any existing clients you may have outside of your relationship with YCC. Most of the vets and groomers in the Bay Area are familiar with us service, and many client referrals come to us through those contacts. When you work with YCC, there is no cost to you for our services.


  • Live in the coverage area (preference for those living in Fremont, Union City, and Newark).
  • Absolutely love pets!!! Previous pet care experience is required. Personal experience is acceptable, as well as professional experience.
  • Be available for a minimum number of daily dog walks and pet sitting, and be willing to commit to at least one year of service (your client's pets and their people will be counting on you!) You must be able to make a long-term commitment to the happiness and well being of client animals in your care.
  • Have a safe, insured, reliable vehicle suitable for transporting pets and yourself as well as an excellent driving record and a valid driver's license.
  • Consistent availability, including most major holidays.
  • Physically active -- you'll be walking for several hours a day, getting on the floor to play with pets, bending, lifting (+25lbs), tossing the ball, etc.
  • At least 21 years of age (mature adults & retired folks are strongly encouraged to apply!).
  • Able to successfully pass a thorough work-related background check.
  • Be able to work as an Independent Contractor.
  • Manage your own schedule daily in a timely, efficient and safe manner.
  • Manage keys and client info as needed, scheduling and communications via cell phone calls, texts and also emails.
  • Have a strong work ethic and care deeply for the well-being of all animals in your care.
  • Be reliable, alert, sensible and able to communicate with compassion and professionalism with clients as well as other YCC staff members.
  • Own a cell phone with ability to send / receive texts, a computer with internet connection & a printer (A smart phone is a huge benefit!).
  • Understand that there is an initial "ramp up" of work as new team members are oriented and assigned clients.
  • Enjoy being outside in all weather (dogs still need to be walked even in the rain!).
  • Understand and be eager to accommodate clients who expect an exacting level of detail in the care of their cherished pets.
  • Have a tidy, professional appearance and habits (leave no trace at client's homes).
  • Understand the importance of proactive communication with each client, and exceed their expectations in this area.


  • Prior experience working as an independent professional pet sitter & / or dog walker
  • Experience administering oral medications to pets
  • Certified in Pet CPR & First Aid
  • At least 2 years prior experience working with other people's pets (personally or professionally)


Please, no phone calls. Many will apply, a select few will meet the qualifications. The optimum method is to apply online online or via email. Click here to apply online. Do apply via email, please be sure to provide information similar to the following (see the online application form fore more details): tell us about your desired coverage area (where do you live) & availability (what days and times you can work), why pet care service appeals to you, details about your experiences providing pet care (how long you have done this type of work, type of pets you have worked with, etc.). (NOTE: Attachments will not be opened so don't send these, and, unsolicited phone calls will not be returned). In the email subject line, please write 'Pet Sitter Candidate'. It can take up to 10 days from receipt of your email for us to contact qualified applicants. Due to the volume of applications we receive, we regret that we can only respond to the most qualified applicants.

We have a great team and a stream-lined work process so that your focus stays on the fun stuff, namely providing pet service. We've worked hard to achieve a stellar reputation in the industry and the area, and if you are of like mind then we'd love to hear from you. Your Critter Companions (c) is licensed, bonded and insured. We are a member of the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters and Pet Sitters International.


From the Your Critter Companions team

Our standard service includes pet sitting, dog walks, daily visits, boarding, pet taxi, and more! We are also now offering hospice and respite care for pets with near-end-of-life special needs. We are currently accepting new dog walking and pet sitting clients in and around Cupertino, Los Altos, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara, Campbell, San Jose (Metro Area), Mountain View, Palo Alto, Saratoga, Milpitas, La Honda, Pescadero, Fremont, Newark, Union City, Hayward, San Lorenzo, Dublin, Alamo, Danville, San Ramon, Pleasanton, Livermore, and Castro Valley. Our service includes care for dogs, cats, birds, horses, chickens, rats, rabbits and other exotics. If you have services needs not listed above, just give us a call!

Please, NO PHONE CALLS! Only submissions via the online form will be considered. It can take up to 10 days from the submission date to contact individuals that appear to meet the criteria. Due to the volume of submissions received, YCC can only respond to the most qualified individuals. Your information will be kept on file for 6 months from receipt.

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