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Sophie

Cat Whisperer & Animal Lover

Bristol
1 recurring guest
Lives with 2 cats
Usually responds within few hours
<2h
Response time
95%
Response rate
Dog walking
Min. 30-minute walks
5 GBP for each additional pet
9 GBP
/walk
All services and rates

Unavailable

Sophie is currently not available to accept new requests.

About Sophie

My name is Sophie Rippington, I am 23 and I have always had a passion for all kinds of animals. I have had many pets myself including gerbils, rabbits, fish and currently two cats. I have been pursuing a career in animal care and am taking part in multiple volunteer roles. I have been volunteering at the Moggery Rehoming Centre since February 2018 which is a cat rescue centre. Some of the cats there are affectionate but some are more cautious or feral. I have a room of cats to clean and play with every time I go on a Sunday morning. I always allow time to give the cats some attention. This role is where I was given the nickname ‘the cat whisperer’. A particularly scared cat lives in the room I clean. When I started there she had been there a year and no one had ever touched her. She spent a lot of time hiding. I was able to stroke her one day and I have been slowly helping her build up her confidence. She will now sit happily on my lap.

Another place I volunteer is at Bristol bat rescue. I have been learning to handle, feed and test fly the rescue bats they get in each week. I have experience with small animals that wriggle when being handled and need live food manually fed to them. I have been there since April 2018. Funnily enough they have a very shy cat who hides from visitors and other volunteers but every time I have gone she has come out of hiding and I’ve been able to stroke her.

I am also doing a part time animal care course on a Tuesday. They have many animals on the course that we are learning how to handle and care for including rabbits, guinea pigs, gerbils, mice, rats, degus, hedgehog, hamsters, tortoises, bearded dragons and snakes. I have so far performed health checks and fed the bearded dragons, tortoise, guinea pigs and rabbits. We will be performing more health check and feeding plans for all the animals listed here and I am excited to do so. I love most animals are not afraid to handle them. The only animal I am not very good with is spiders. I have caught live crickets, meal worms and locus to feed the bearded dragon and the bats.

I am also going to start volunteering on a Thursday at Chew Valley Animal Park. I am very excited to start and they have a huge range of animals that I will be caring for. I will get much more experience and I would like to build on that through pet sitting. I also need to earn some money while I’m gathering up all this experience to obtain my dream job in an animal care role.

Additional information I would really love more experience with dogs. I used to offer to walk dogs from the dogs home when I was younger and I used to go out with my grandad on walks with his Chow Chow. My living situation has never allowed me to own a dog where I could give it the full attention and care they deserve however I have always wanted one since I was little so any opportunity to care for a dog I’ll be grateful for.

I am avaliable for house sitting, dog walking and check ins with all kinds of pets. I am often around and can do most evenings. The only times I am not around is when I'm voluenteering with animals or at college. I am always avaliable fridays and saturday and most of wednesday, tuesdays and thursdays I can do evenings and Sundays any time from late afternoon.

Sophie's services

At your home

Dog Walking
Find a dog walker to collect your dog from home and take your dog for a 30 min walk
5 GBP for each additional pet
9 GBP
/walk
House Sitting
Find a trusted home sitter to watch your pet overnight in your home
25 GBP
/night
Home Visits
Book a sitter to visit your home to feed and play with your pets
15 GBP for two visits a day
9 GBP
/day

Cancellation policy: Flexible

Full refund if cancelled before noon one day before the booking, 50% refund afterwards

Reviews

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House Sitting
Chris, 2018-11-01

Sophie was really good with our animals and they were very well looked after! Would recommend Sophie to anybody else looking for a pet sitter.

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Sophie's Pets

Byron
Cat
Siddy
Cat

Skills

Specific Skills

I speak English
+10 years of experience
Familiar with dog training techniques
Can take care of exotic animals
  • High level of Patience
  • Very understanding and a Supportive Listener
  • Honest and aware of the importance in confidentiality
  • Affinity with animals (especially cats)
  • Have owned and looked after pets ever since I wad a child.

Experience with

Animal welfare as a volunteer
Rescuing pets
Behavioural problems

Stats

<2h
Response time
95%
Response rate
3w ago
Last activity
SMS
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Email
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Sophie

Sophie

Cat Whisperer & Animal Lover

Bristol
Dog walking
Min. 30-minute walks
5 GBP for each additional pet
9 GBP
/walk
All services and rates

Unavailable

Sophie is currently not available to accept new requests.

Cancellation policy: Flexible

Full refund if cancelled before noon one day before the booking, 50% refund afterwards
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