Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

pet pals.(West Side Journal)

Byline: Robin Frames For the Journal

Sitters spending their days visiting homes keep animals happy while their owners are away

If you love animals, you can play with a dozen or more a day and get paid to do it. The business is pet-sitting -- or caring for pets. It's a far cry from the 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. life but fun if you don't mind difficult, unpredictable work and long hours.

"It's definitely a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week profession," said Barb Young, of Pitter Patter Pet Care of Corrales. She has been pet-sitting for 18 years.

A typical day for a pet sitter can run from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., or longer, not counting emergencies.

Janice Glowski of Animal People in Rio Rancho said she makes an average of six to 10 visits a day, and on holidays, between 15 and 20.

She said most local pet sitters keep their business within a radius of 10 miles, while she averages around 20, and drives her car 80 to 100 miles on a typical day. …

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