Are there background checks for owners?

asked 2015-12-13 14:09:31 -0600

Are owners required to do a basic background check for sitter safety? What if we do a meet and greet and the person ends up being dangerous?

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answered 2015-12-13 15:55:37 -0600

Hi, Since a similar question was answered under sitter to sitter forum, I've pasted the link for your review. https://www.rover.com/community/quest...

I do not know of any additional measures Rover takes, so it's advisable to start a meet & greet out in public. Maybe that's on a grassy area outside near where they park, which gives the dogs and you and opportunity to meet and sniff things out before going inside your home or theirs. If your instinct tells you there's something you're not comfortable with, you can just end it outside. Before the meet & greet, you might consider telling someone you know a time that you'll check in with them after it's ended. Although every meet & greet isn't a match, I think you'll find as most sitters have that usually the pet-parent is concerned with finding the right person for their pets and does not pose a threat.

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answered 2015-12-13 18:57:56 -0600

They do have to enter in a valid address/phone number when they register for the site and of course valid payment info if they book a stay, so clients are not completely anonymous. That provides some amount of protection (assuming everyone thought about how easy it is to track them before doing something stupid), but they do not have to undergo a background check.

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answered 2015-12-14 12:49:15 -0600

Based on some harassment I have received from another sitter and her boyfriend in my area, I have reason to believe that the valid phone number/address is not enough to really serve as a background safe guard for sitters. Anyone can create a "fake" or temporary phone number online these days, and anyone can claim a fake address within the same zip code for using a credit card.

There is absolutely no reason why a meet and greet should NOT be an option (you should ALWAYS do one) and go with your gut about a person and/or their dog prior to booking.

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