This is a strange one:
We noticed a sit being advertised as 13 - 27 Feb. We had already agreed another sit nearby, ending on 17 Feb but, before confirming - whikst we could still communicate - we dropped them a line, stating we couldn’t meet their advertised dates but had potential availability from 17 Feb - 01 March, if their dates were at all flexible.
To our surprise, the HO got back to us, saying they could get a neighbour to care for their dog for the first 3 days so would amend their dates to suit our availability (17 Feb - 01 March). It seemed odd that she had extended the sit end date, but hey-ho!
When we went to apply, we then noticed the HO Had listed another sit, for the dates 02 -12 March. We asked for a video call, and enquired whether she would be arriving home on 1st March, or if this was a split-sit (which we won’t do). She said she wouldnt be home until 11th March, but denied this was a split-sit. We asked who we would be handing the dog over to on 1st March and received a rather vague answer (it seems like it would be to a neighbour, but wasn’t quite clear).
We declined the sit, explaining that we don’t do split sits and that it feels irresponsible to end a sit 10 days before a pet parent’s return.
We later received a phone call from the HO, asking us to reconsider. She said she was very stressed and, if we would only agree, she would have to organise paid homecare and dog walkers for the period after our departure.
We informed her that we view housesitting as a way to reduce stress and ensure continuity for pets, which cant work in this situation. Response was that her dog would consequently have to go into kennels for the entire period. We note the sit is now being advertised as 13 - 20 February!
Has anyone else agreed to sit for just a part of the HO’s absence? We’d like to help, and realise that if she’d have said “a friend will be taking the dog from 1st March”, we’d have been none the wiser, but with her mentioning neighbours and doggy homecare and paid dogwalkers in such a haphazard manner, we really began to worry about the welfare of this dog and the implications of us agreeing to this sit, which seems far from straightforward.
We advised the HO to advertise the sit for the entirety of her absence. She said she’d tried thst but received no response, which is why she’d advertised in 2 lots (whikst still maintaining this was not a split sit!).
What would you have done, in this situation?