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Maria

Loving, Personalised Pet Care

Oxford
10 times favorited
20 recurring guests
Last booked 12 days ago
Last contacted yesterday
Usually responds within one day
<13h
Response time
100%
Response rate
Dog walking
Min. 30-minute walks
5 GBP for each additional pet
10 GBP
/walk
All services and rates

About Maria

Covid-19 update:

Dear owners (and pets), given the recent situation with covid-19, I thought I'd include a little message about what services (and alternatives) I can offer during this time. I am currently in self-isolation (one of my housemates had a slight cough, and has been sent home from work yesterday, which meant that my housemates and I will have to self-isolate for 14 days, which started yesterday, 18.03.2020 and will end on 01.04.2020). For this reason, I will have to cancel any meet & greets or house visits/dog walks you have booked during this period, so apologies about that.

Having said this, I would love to help you and your pets once I'm free again! At the moment, as an alternative to physical meet & greets, I will offer skype or WhatsApp video calls, so at least we'll get to meet and see each other (and hopefully your pets). If you have WhatsApp, or have downloaded the Skype app on your phone, you'll be able to take me around the house with you, get me to meet your pet(s) and, if you want to, show me round the house so I know where things like pet food, toys, leash (for dogs) and medicines (should your pet need them) are. If you do decide to go ahead and book me, we'll then move on to agreeing a way of picking up/dropping off the keys to your house, and meet at least once in person.

If all this sounds like something you might like, or need, please do not hesitate to contact me. I know this is a bit of a weird time for everyone, but I'd like to help where I can. Please scroll down for a description of myself and of the services I offer.

In the meantime, try and stay safe and healthy =)

Who am I, and what services do I offer?

Hi there! I am a 25-year-old Italian girl with a great passion for animals. I have loved cats and dogs since I can remember: they have been my childhood friends, and my companions in life. Growing up with both cats and dogs around me soon made me realise how important it is to properly take care of their needs. This has greatly helped me in my experience as a pet owner and a pet sitter. I offer pet care directly at the owner's home (unfortunately my current contract does not allow me to have any pets stayingat my own house), and I am generally available from late afternoon onwards, for both dog walking and at-home pet sitting. I have experience with adult, male and female cats and dogs (I have dealt with difference breeds and sizes), but also puppies and kittens, as well as rabbits. I have been an active petsitter for Pawshake for the last 4 years, and I have become well acquainted with how the different services offered on the website work. Working with Pawshake has also given me the opportunity to meet several wonderful pets, and several equally fantastic owners, and I hope to continue this in the future. I am based in Headington and work in Summertown, but I generally have no problem in covering areas that are slightly further away, such as Oxford city centre or Cowley and Iffley Road, as I normally tend to cycle to town and everywhere else.

Maria's services

At your home

Dog Walking
An experienced dog walker will pick up your dog from your home for a 30 min walk
5 GBP for each additional pet
10 GBP
/walk
Home Visits
Book a sitter to visit your home to feed and play with your pets
17 GBP for two visits a day
10 GBP
/day
House Sitting
A sitter stays overnight in your home and cares for your pet
23 GBP
/night

Cancellation policy: Flexible

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

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Home Visits
Jessie, 2020-11-01

So happy that we found Maria! She’s brilliant... great communication on fairly short notice, conveniently located for easy visits to North Oxford, and reliable. Made quick friends with our special needs cat (elderly, blind, needs medication) and kept in contact through our trip. Happy to take care of house needs as well. Would definitely recommend and look forward to having her over again and I’m sure our cat and hamster would say the same!

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Home Visits
Suzanne, 2020-10-21

This is the first time that Maria has looked after our pets and we were delighted with her. She made sure to communicate with us beforehand and sent us a lovely update and video while she was with our rabbits.

I will definitely be asking Maria to help us again.

Many thanks!

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Availability

Skills

Specific Skills

I speak English & French & Italian & Spanish
< 5 years of experience
  • My specific skills and experiences include:
  • Dog walking
  • At-home cat and dog sitting, which also includes overnight pet sitting, if required.
  • Litter training
  • Taking care of pets with 'special needs' or specific issues: I have dealt with dogs or cats with restricted mobility (such as after an operation), and I am well acquainted with problems such as feline conjunctivitis.

Can Administer

Oral medications

Stats

<13h
Response time
100%
Response rate
14 h ago
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Maria

Maria

Loving, Personalised Pet Care

Oxford
Dog walking
Min. 30-minute walks
5 GBP for each additional pet
10 GBP
/walk
All services and rates
Contact Maria

Cancellation policy: Flexible

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

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