Frequently Asked Questions

What is your cancellation policy?

Out of respect for the time commitments that our staff members make to give our client’s pets the best care possible, it is important that we know ahead of time if you may need to cancel a scheduled visit.

There is a 100% refund for cancellations with at least 24 hours’ notice.

Cancellation requests can only be made by sending an email to hello@sniffandgo.com. Please include the exact dates you would like to cancel.

Can I request a visit last minute?

We do our very best to accommodate clients with changing schedules. This includes last-minute additions. If we have the availability, we would be happy to schedule a visit with short notice. Please keep in mind, it is possible that your primary walker may not be available at the time of your request.

Does my pet need anything to begin walks?
Yes! It is important for the safety of all animals associated with Sniff and Go Dog Walking and Pet Sitting that the procedures involved with identification, pet licenses, vaccinations and monthly flea medications be followed. Please make sure your pet is up to date on:

  • DHLPP: Initial puppy shots required, booster thereafter every three years
  • Rabies: At 16 weeks of age, thereafter as required by law
  • Bordetella: Yearly
  • Name tag with current phone number(s), address, etc…
  • Pet License 
  • Monthly flea medication
How many sets of keys do I need to provide?

Please be prepared to provide 2 (two) sets of keys or one secure lockbox or coded entry:

  • One set for daily use
  • One set for back-up reasons
  • There will be no address-identifying marks on keys ensuring they can not be traced back to your home
  • If you leave a key at the front desk for pick up/drop off, please include Sniff and Go on your permission to enter forms
  • If you need keys picked up/dropped off before/after services are completed, there is a $25 fee. Keys can also be mailed upon request
  • If multiple visits per day are requested with more than 8 (eight) hours requested in between visits, three sets of keys are required in total (two for daily use, one for back-up).
  • Homes with coded entry are an exception to the above listed notes, however some sort of backup is still preferred in case of technical malfunction
Key Return Request
Call Box Policy

We typically know a general time of day (within about an hour), by the day before a visit takes place.

Please look at your schedule by 7am the morning of your scheduled appointment, to note the time, so you’re ready for when the call comes in. We should be there within about +/-60 minutes of the scheduled time. Unfortunately, the exact time can not be guaranteed due to unknown factors like: traffic, parking and possible incidents throughout the day.

If it takes more than three consecutive calls to get in, we will wait 5 minutes and try three more consecutive calls. There will be a $5 charge for the wait time. If there is still no answer, the trip will be charged the full rate and an additional visit will be scheduled for the end of the day. We will also try getting a hold of you in the meantime to make sure the end of day times sync up with your travel schedule.

We’ve never had to reschedule an additional visit because most people are ready to buzz us in. We have had to wait the additional time due to not being able to reach the client during the first series of attempts.

How do payments work?

A valid credit card is required to reserve services.

All payments can be made through Precise Pet Care. Precise Pet Care is our secure third party credit card processing provider. 

All services completed in a Monday-Sunday time frame are automatically processed the following Monday morning at 5am. If no services are completed, then your account will not be charged.

There is a $30 Late Fee added every 30 days an invoice remains open.

Are you open on Holidays?

Yes, we are available 365 days a year! Sniff and Go will be off for regularly scheduled daily services on/in observance of the below listed holidays. If services are needed on a major holiday, please let us know as soon as possible, as availability is limited. We will be happily checking in on as many furry friends who need us!

An additional Holiday Rate of $15.00 will be in place on the following holidays (or observance of).  This fee acts as a bonus for your pet care taker, as a way of compensating them for their time away from their own families on the holidays:

 

  • New Year’s Day (January 1st)
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday (Third Monday in January)
  • President’s Day (Third Monday in February)
  • Memorial Day (Last Monday in May)
  • Independence Day (July 4th)
  • Labor Day (First Monday in September)
  • Thanksgiving (Fourth Thursday and Friday in November)
  • Christmas Eve and Christmas Day (December 24th and 25th)
Will my pet have the same walker every day?

It is important to have consistency when it comes to having your pets be seen by the same walker every day. 

All of our staff members are paid as employees, are offered a number of benefits (paid time off, mileage reimbursement, paid travel time, bonuses, etc…), are paid a competitive wage and are given all the tools they need to complete their daily services. We want our staff members to be confident and proud to be part of the Sniff and Go team! In return, our clients get to enjoy the reward of happy employees!

We do match up our furry friends with one primary walker based on location and availability. In the instance your primary walker becomes ill or requests personal time off, we have the rest of us here – as team of backup support – rained and ready to go. The importance of our management team is to ensure our employees are well trained and prepared to keep the high standards of care that Sniff and Go has worked very hard at building and maintaining.

What happens if my regular walker/sitter is not available?

Our priority is to make sure you have no interruptions in service. We will make any necessary arrangements, within our company, with an experienced and well-qualified team member, should your primary walker be unable to walk, is sick, or out of town. 

The role of our Management Team is to make sure there are smooth transitions in place should your primary care taker need time off.  This is done in the form of management accompanying a team member on their visits until they are comfortable and confident in the proper care for your pets.

If for some reason we have no one available, we will do our very best to give you enough time to make other arrangements.

What should I have available?

Please have the following supplies available to ensure safe walking and feeding arrangements for your pets. If you are going to be out of town, please provide extra supplies should services be needed for longer than originally planned.

Cats and Dogs

  • Two sets of keys or a lockbox or coded entry
  • Name tag attached to collar with current contact information included
  • Current SF license tag (also see the SF Animal Care and Control website for more information)
  • Current care routine instructions
  • Medications
  • Food
  • Water
  • Cleaning supplies and locations of where to find for if your pet has an accident
  • Car transport (cat/dog carrier)
  • Bedding

Dogs

  • Well fitting collar
  • Leash
  • Body harness

Cats

  • Litter box
  • Extra litter

A $25 travel fee will be applied plus the cost of supplies if a Food/Supply trip needs to be made because necessary items are unavailable to perform requested services. Please make sure all supplies are available to ensure no additional charges are applied.

We love our clients!

and hope that you become one as well!