Is Our Number One Concern
A Message From The Founder
Hi Chicago Pet Guardians! My name is Christopher Dill, and I’m the owner and Chief Care Coordinator of Sunshine Pet and Home Care. I spent the first 10 years of my career working to help Chicago’s homeless find housing, get healthy, and develop the skills they need to find employment. Along the way, I’ve always loved animals. All of them. Big or small, cat or dog, cow or pig…..I love ’em all the same.
When I learned about the plight of homeless pets in Chicago and around the country, I decided I had to do whatever I could to help. I learned very quickly that although there seems to be a never-ending supply of homeless pets, there’s also an army of wonderful people and rescue organizations out there working like crazy every single day to save as many lives as possible. Since I can’t do it all myself, I decided I needed to provide support to the biggest and best no-kill shelter in the area…..PAWS Chicago. So, I got myself a part-time job there as a caregiver. Then I set my sights on something bigger – building an organization that raises money for rescue organizations.
That’s how Sunshine Pet and Home Care came to be.
“Two Paws Up” Pet Care
I know from experience that every pet is an individual and has different needs. That means that providing the highest quality dog walking and pet sitting involves tailoring our services specifically for each and every pet. The closer we come to matching your pet’s regular routine, the happier and healthier they’ll be.
Our goal is to exceed your expectations in every way possible. We like to think of it as “Two Paws Up” pet care!
The happier we can make you and your pets, the more we hope you’ll tell your friends, family, and co-workers about us. The more clients we provide our outstanding services to, the more financial support we can provide to organizations like PAWS. So, we get to work with the animals we love, help save you time and provide peace of mind that your pets are well cared for in your absence, and raise money to help end pet homelessness. Now that’s what I call a Win – Win – Win situation!!!
What You Can Expect
• Reliable, Enthusiastic Service
• Dog walks, playing, brushing and LOVE
• Alternating blinds/lights while you’re away
• Cleaning up “accidents”
• Bringing in the mail/packages
• Watering plants
• “Extras” at no charge such as no “timed” visits, medication administration, and GPS tracking so you know when your dog walker visits and where they go on their walk.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why Hire Sunshine Pet Care?
Your pets are happy at home. Let them stay there when you go away. Our experienced and reliable pet sitters will care for your pets in their favorite place – home. This reduces the stress of having you gone.
There are very few reasons to keep your furry loved one locked up in a kennel anymore. Loving care from Sunshine Pet and Home Care is now available in your home whenever you can’t be there.
What Happens On Your Visits?
- We feed your pets as instructed
- Change the water
- Walk the dogs
- Play, pet and brush your pets
- Clean the litter box
- Handle any medication
- Clean up any “accidents”
- Bring in the mail/packages
- Water plants
Do You Do Monday Through Friday Walks?
When you’re working long hours it can be tough on your dog to “hold” it for 10 or 12 hours. Let go of your guilt and know your dog is having a fantastic time on a mid-day dog walk.We schedule mid-day walks between 10-2. Sometimes we’ll even include the doggie cam. This camera attaches to your pet’s collar so you can see the world through your pet’s eyes.
Dogs need the exercise and mental stimulation a regular mid-day walk provides. Plus, you don’t immediately have to grab the leash and head out for a 45 minute walk after a long day at work.
How Do We Get Started?
How Do I Prepare For The Meet and Greet
We’ll send you the paperwork ahead of time so you can look it over and sign it. That way, we can focus on interacting with your pet (s) and learning where things are while we’re there.
You will need to have two sets of keys available to your pet sitter. Your sitter keeps one key while the second key is kept in a locked box in the main office as a backup. You can ask for your keys back at anytime.
Speaking of Back Up…As a professional pet sitter, it’s our responsibility to have a backup plan in case of emergencies, vacations or sickness. It happens.
Will You Be The Only Pet Sitter?
How Much Will You Be Contributing To End Pet Homelessness?
So, how much do we donate to PAWS, you ask? We’re starting with $1 per dog walk and pet sitting visit, as well as $3 for every overnight. That might not sound like much, and we certainly wish it could be more, but the pet sitting market in Chicago is very competitive and we have to keep our rates within reason, all while paying our sitters a fair wage.
We hope to increase that amount over time and we’ll always be on the lookout for other good fundraising opportunities.