"In Lieu Of You" Pet Guardians

In Home Pet Care Service


There are so many animals that don't have owners or the proper care. "In Lieu Of You" Pet Guardians supports the following animal friendly organizations:  EmanciPetAustin Pets Alive, Dogs Deserve Better, and Heart of Texas Labrador Rescue. Donations of food,  financial support and sometimes even petitions to support animal rights will continue throughout the year. 


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About Helen

Greetings and thank you for looking at my pet sitting service.  I began this venture in 2006, after losing a kitten to Feline Infectious Peritonitis (F.I.P.).  I rescued two kittens from Town Lake Animal Shelter.  But Smokey was to be with us only two months as he developed F.I.P. a horrific feline disease with no cure. What I learned was this disease was rare yet common in shelters and cat breeding facilities.  It is contagious  but not all cats will get the disease if exposed, like Smokey brother's Stormy is still with us, robust and very healthy. My concern grew regarding the effect shelters and boarding has on pets. The level of stress, infection exposure and other issues that my own pets have gone through had me always looking for a pet sitter.  Some pets benefit from a group dog camp type setting but many pets struggle with change and need to stay home. Therefore I started this business from the loss of a wonderful kitten and the love for all animals. 

Self employment is not new to me, I was self employed for years as a mental health counselor in private practice. I am a person who appreciates the responsibility of self employment and dedication of caring for others. It is my goal to personally get to know your pets as I am the only provider caring for them.  The advantage of this personalized role is that I really get to know your pets, understanding or interpreting their moods is important when the family is away. I also have been a homeowner for over 25 years so I am familiar with home emergencies, as I will not only be caring for the family pets but checking on your home while you are away. 


Smokey and Stormy August 2006

My Pledge

 I promise to care for your beloved pets like they were my own. That means walking,  playing, combing, brushing, caring and generally spoiling them.

   I will follow your instructions in the care, feeding and exercise of your pet using the plan we design together.

 I will send a message, text, or leave a written note about what we did and how your pet behaved when you were gone. 

 I will be available to you via phone, email, or text while you are away to check on your pet.

 I will keep your keys and security codes in a locked box to insure safety.

  I am insured and bonded through Pet Sitters Associates, LLC.

I am a member of the Austin Pet Sitters Organization, 

   I am certified in Pet CPR and First Aid.

My doggies, Lego (2001-2013) and Lucky (2002-2012)