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Terms and Conditions For the purposes of this contract, the Pet Sitting service, and/or their representatives (Independent Contractor, or employees) will be referred to as PET SITTER and the Pet Owner will be referred to as OWNER.  The parties herein agree to the following terms and conditions.

1. Total cost of Pet Sit is due at the time of initial consultation unless other arrangements are approved.   A finance charge of 20% per month will be added to unpaid balances after (30) thirty days.  A handling fee of $50.00 or ½ the total amount of the check (whichever is greater) will be added to all returned checks.

2. Payment for all subsequent Pet Sits will be paid in full by mail, credit card, cash, or check left in a conspicuous place for the Pet Sitter at first visit, as agreed upon prior to sit start. Overnight service may require payment in advance. No refund for cancellations.

3. Refund and Cancellation Policy – (Usually) If Owner plans to shorten their trip, they must give Pet Sitter a minimum of 24 hours notice to receive a partial refund or credit on subsequent sits.  Cancellation fees may be applied.  If Owner cancels their trip entirely a cancelation fee of 25% will apply for all notification less than 7 days prior to scheduled sits.  Holidays & Overnights: Down payment for overnights or holidays may be required.  No refund for Holidays.  No Refund for Overnight visits canceled within 5 days of sit.  This may change depending on circumstances. Refunds are given at the discretion of Lisa's FurBabies.

4. If Owner plans to lengthen their trip, they must telephone Pet Sitter a minimum of 12 hours in advance of last Pet Sit in order to be put back on Pet Sitters schedule.  Owner agrees to pay all additional fees incurred promptly upon their return, by mail, or by credit card.

5. Owner must notify Pet Sitter PROMPTLY upon their returning home to avoid another Pet Sitting charge.

6. Owner will inform their Veterinarian that a Pet Sitting service will be caring for their pet(s) in their absence.  If possible, Owner will arrange to have Lisa's FurBabies reimbursed for any service necessary during their absence or by leaving their credit card number on file with Vet.

7. If a medical emergency arises for pet, Lisa's FurBabies will make every effort to contact the Owner, but if time is of the essence, owner authorizes Pet Sitter to seek medical services at the closest Veterinarian Hospital.  Owner agrees to reimburse Pet Sitter for all services rendered by Veterinarian in accordance with Owner’s wishes as stated and signed in the “Veterinary Treatment Authorization” form.

8. In the unlikely event of illness or personal emergency to Pet Sitter, owner will authorize Pet Sitter to arrange for another qualified person to fulfill responsibilities as set forth in this contract.  Owner will be notified in such a case.

9. It is the Owner’s responsibility to make sure all of their pet(s) are current on their vaccinations.  Should Pet Sitter be bitten or otherwise injured by Owner’s pet(s), Owner agrees to pay all medical costs and lost wages incurred by Pet Sitter due to such injury.

10. Owner is responsible for any injury to Pet Sitter or the general public caused by Owner’s pet(s) or condition of Owner’s premises.

11. In the event of inclement weather or natural disaster, Pet Sitter will use their best judgment in caring for Owner’s pet(s) and home, but cannot be held responsible for any damage to home or injury to pet arising from such.

12. If a problem arises such as a pipe rupture, flooding, earthquake, fire, break-in, animal destroying property, etc., Pet Sitter will make every effort to contact owner and follow their instructions.  If Owner cannot be reached and immediate action is necessary for the health, safety, and welfare of the pet(s) and others, owner authorizes Pet Sitter to make any repairs deemed necessary by the Pet Sitter.  The Owner agrees to reimburse Pet Sitter for all expenses incurred for repair of property and will hold Pet Sitter blameless for work done by others.

13. Owner is to notify Pet Sitter if anyone else has keys or access to Owner’s property other than Pet Sitter during the time the Pet Sitter is caring for Owner’s home and pet(s).   Pet Sitter cannot be held liable for damage done to home and/or pet(s) if others have such access and/or are sharing pet sitting duties. (Insurance Coverage Issue)  In addition, Pet Sitter shall not be held liable for damage done by pet to either the interior or exterior of home when Pet Sitter is not there.

14. Pet Sitter is not liable for pets that are scheduled to be seen every other day or longer, left outside, or may escape when Pet Sitter is not in attendance.

15. Owner shall, at Owners sole expense, defend Pet Sitter against any claim or demand, whether or not well founded arising from any act(s) of Owner’s pet(s) or relation to Owner’s property.  Owner shall indemnify and hold Pet sitter free and harmless from all cost, expenses, and liabilities in connection with such claims or demands.  These costs, expenses, and liabilities include amounts paid in settlement before or after suit is commenced, attorney’s fees, and costs incurred by Pet Sitter in defending against such claims or demands.

16. Pet Sitter will provide the services stated herein in a reliable, caring, and trustworthy manner.  In consideration of these services and as an express condition thereof, Owner expressly waives and relinquishes any and all claims against Pet Sitter except those arising from gross negligence or willful misconduct on the part of Pet Sitter.

17. Should any section, provision, or portion of the contract be held to be invalid, illegal, void or unenforceable, then such section, provision, or portion shall be deleted from this contract.  The remainder of this contract shall continue in full force and effect.

18. Any controversy or claim arising out of or in relation to this contract shall be brought to Small Claims Court before any other action is taken.  If the matter cannot be resolved in Small Claims Court, then the parties will agree to binding Arbitration in accordance with the State where it was signed.  The arbitrator shall be based on the rules of the American Arbitration Association.

19. This contract shall be interpreted and governed by the laws of the State in which it is signed.  Each party will perform its obligation in accordance with all the applicable laws, rules, and regulations of said State.

20. No term or provision of this contract shall be waived and no breach excused verbally.  To be effective, each waiver or excuse shall be in writing and signed by the party who waived or excused.

21. Each waiver or excuse shall be independent of all other.  Therefore, if a term or provision is waived or breach is excused, that waiver or excuse shall not waive any other term or provision or excuse any other breach.

22. In no event will Pet Sitter be liable to Owner for any damages, including, but not limited to, any lost profits, lost savings or their incidental or consequential damages arising out of Owner’s use of Pet Sitters services, nor will Pet Sitter be liable for any claim by any third party, unless gross negligence or willful misconduct is proven on the part of the Pet Sitter.

23. Cameras (pet cams) - Please advise pet sitter of cameras in the house, especially when overnight service is required.

24. Pet Sitter reserves the right to terminate this contract at any time before or during its term if Pet Sitter, in their sole discretion, determines that Owner’s pet(s) pose a danger to the health and/or safety of Pet Sitter.  If this occurs, Pet Sitter will notify the Owner immediately of the problem and determine whether Owner will return or if pet(s) will need to be placed in a kennel with all charges there from to be charged to the Owner.

25. Owner authorizes this signed contract to be valid approval for future services of any purposes provided by this contract permitting Pet Sitter to accept telephone, text, or e-mail reservations for service and to enter the premises without additional signed contracts or written authorization.

26. _______________By placing my initials here and signing this contract, I am promising to read the Terms and Conditions in their entirety.  If I have any questions about the above, I will telephone the Pet Sitter before the Pet Sit is to begin.  619-971-4625


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