Confused about protocols for applying for sits

And I’m sure the sitter thinks likewise. That’s when troubles start, when everything has not been talked or thought out properly

Absolutely not. Apply, apply,
Apply and then apply again.
No need to wait. There are so many wonderful people and animals waiting and looking for me.


Yes I am a professional not a tourist. I am committed and dedicated to the service I provide. What I do is a testament to my character.


I’ve never had the impression that any of the “nomads” here rely on pet sitting “to have a roof”. My understanding is that they love to travel and see new places and different cultures and they are lucky enough to either have the means to do so, or the kind of work that allows them to move around.

If I was braver, I think I would love to do it, and spend more time in the places I love - England, France, Italy - what an amazing life!


I don’t think you quite understand full-time sitters and their reasons for doing so.

For us, this lifestyle is a dream come true. We love visiting new places whether that be here in the UK or around the world. We also love animals so when we discovered THS it was the easiest decision ever to amalgamate the two - travel and animals, it is hard to imagine how life could be any better!

We do not pet sit to put a roof over our heads - the accommodation just happens to be the fair exchange that we are getting for our services to the home host.

Last year was a challenge but no more terrible for us than anyone else in the world that was forced to adjust to the extraordinary circumstances we all found ourselves in.

We often stay in Airbnbs between house sits and love doing so. Accommodation without bills or responsibilities, what is not to like?
During the last 18 months, it is true that we stayed in more Airbnbs than usual, I’m not sure why you would think we could not afford to do so? and we loved the experience. We took the opportunity to book Airbnbs in Greece, Italy and Spain and visited some of the most visited attractions around the world with very few tourists sharing our experience

This is a picture I took when we visited the Vatican in late 2020 Only our travelling lifestyle enabled us to be there at this time among just a handful of people - truly a once in a lifetime experience.


@Provence the conversations for DM we are referring to is PERSONAL chit chat between members which has no relevance to other members or the topic of conversation and is only of interest to the members involved …

We don’t rely on pet sitting to have a roof but it makes our journeys far more appealing.


As my old granny used to say, if we were all the same life would be boring.
We travel (almost) full time. It’s what our lives are about. We both worked very hard and saved for retirement. Now we can afford to travel with or without pet sits.
You sound a home bird who likes familiarity and creature comforts with a little foray into the unknown every now again. You are quite comfortable as long as you know your home is waiting for you when you need it.
Nothing wrong with either life. It’s a choice we all make.


I find this nomad lifestyle fascinating but it’s nothing I would do.
I have been living out of the suitcase my whole working life, being away for 2-3 times a month and nothing can beat to arrive back home and sleep in my own bed.
However, I don’t feel uncomfortable with people who chose this life and don’t “have a roof” of their own. On the contrary, I wish there was more time than maybe a few hours for a handover to hear about experiences and things that happened to them while traveling.
For myself I found, when there were no flights at all, that staying at home all the time is like one loooong day with not much worth talking about, because nothing really happened, except lockdowns and numbers of infections.

I am so relieved that travel is picking up again and I soon will be able to be abroad for 2-3 times a month.


That’s an understandable concern, but for an experienced sitter it’s not really an issue. We’re on multiple platforms and also do volunteering (animal sanctuaries), helpx/workaway and even have empty flats that have been offered to us in case we have a gap (which we never have). If the sitter has not been living under a rock the last two years, he/she/they will have a backup plan.

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I’m a new sitter. How long does it typically take owners to reply to an application? Is there a time limit or can owners “sit on” a sitter’s application indefinitely? I applied for an Oct 25 to Nov 3 sit, and today is Oct 16. When should I expect a reply by? If my application is not accepted, then naturally I want to make other plans as soon as possible.

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I’m very new to THS but my limited experience has shown that if a homeowner is interested in you, they will reply within a day or two. if the HO hasn’t contacted you after a couple of days, especially if the sit has many other applicants, you are probably not going to get this one.

If there are other sits you are interested at the same time, apply for those also. There are other threads on this, but I think most sitters apply for any sit that appeals, even if some overlap with others. They take the first one they are offered. You want to keep your options open.


Welcome to the forum @mtornberg
There is no standard on when either party replies. Some do and some don’t.

Don’t wait. You have choice here.
If you are offered a sit, Accept what you feel is best for you.

There are so many delicious places and pets available go shopping and see what fits :wink:
Apply apply apply.


Had a similar issue and I ended up taking another sit and withdrew my application on the sit I hadn’t heard from with a note to the owner.

Hi @mtornberg welcome to our community forum, I have moved your post to a thread discussing your very question, there is good advice and help throughout this conversation …

There is no standard time for an owner to reply to an application, if the sit is a short time lead there will be less time for the owners to consider the applications.

You can apply for more than one sit at a time, only ever accept one though and if you do accept a sit and have other owners who you are communicating with, please let them know your intentions.

Your profile and applications message is what owners use to select their sitters, starting local is a way to build up your TrustedHousesitters reviews and from the many surveys done we know that owners look for reviews in their applicants and for new sitters external references are as important, perhaps you have volunteered with an animal shelter or had experience caring for animals, all of this will support your applications.

Images too are important, pictures with pets, after all that is why owners come to the site to find the right care for their pets … and homes of course.

Thank you for joining us and we look forward to sharing in your new journey. Enjoy connecting with members from around the world and if you have any other questions please ask, our community are helpful, supportive and have a wealth of experience to share.

Angela and the Team

We usually give an home owner 48 hours to reply and then start applying elsewhere (that’s just our personal choice). Some people reply within an hour or so, others take their time. We’re quite relaxed about it, since we always find a place in the end.

Hello all.

I’m hoping for some advice as a new HouseSitter. I’ve applied for a housesit, the application has been read but no response so far. Admittedly only a day has elapsed but I’ve seen another housesit for the same dates…
My questions are:

  1. Do I apply for both and hope one of them accepts me? or wait for the first sit to respond before applying for other sits by which time the other one will have gone?
  2. What is a reasonable time to expect a reply for a sit that’s due in 2-3 weeks time?
  3. Are there instances where HO don’t reply at all?

Any advice would be appreciated.
Thank you everyone.

Apply for as many that appeals to you. Don’t wait for replies, you may be there for sometime.
But, please, never play one against the other. That gives us sitters a very bad reputation. If you are accepted for one, accept or reject it. If you accept notify the rest that you are no longer available graciously.
Something sitters should always remember. Your behaviour reflects on us all.


Thank you. And yes, of course, it goes without saying that manners are everything. Appreciate your reply to my queries. And to your advice. All taken note of :slight_smile: As a newbie all this can be quite overwhelming.

Hi @viv a very warm welcome to our community forum and to TrustedHousesitters you have joined an amazing community, we have animals at the heart of who we are and why we do what we do.

I have moved your great question to this thread which has lots of advice from forum members.

You have some advice already … as @ElsieDownie says you can apply for as many sits as you feel are RIGHT for you, it is about applying for the right sit not just a sit, only ever confirm one sit of course and let other owner members know of your decision if applicable.

Also as a new member does your profile tell your story well and present you to the owner of the sit in the best way possible?

Have you completed all of the verifications?

Have you applied for and added external references? … New sitter members who add at least 3 references have higher success rates

Do your images "say a thousand words’ about you and your love for animals?

Did you tailor your application to the owner, their pets, home, needs and expectations?

There are great articles on the website Blog like this one How to get started as a TrustedHousesitter |

But you will get great advice and support from our members and ask any questions at all, we all started at the same place once upon a time and now living our real stories …

Enjoy connecting.

Angela and the Team