I want to take a moment as a sitter myself to perhaps give another perspective as I do completely appreciate your concerns, but I also want to give some balance and maybe some reassurance to everyone. Plus you asked for a different perspective so I am glad that I can help.
Yes, I work for THS, however, I have housesat long before joining (I used to get paid to housesit horses and farms) I also left THS after my pup passed away and travelled and then unexpectedly returned so in that time away I too was a sitter not working for THS. I am now based in the USA, fairly near NY.
I have applied to NY city before the new rule and I have waited in a list of 30-plus applicants and never got a reply or was picked, just the way it goes for me I guessed at the time.
So, my husband and I just decided last week that we really should book some sits and explore the area a bit, plus I hate being without my dog and we just finished fostering.
For context, I have 9x 5 star reviews and do not mention in my application that I work for THS or sometimes do not mention it at all during the whole process (too much pressure and doesn’t change my sitting ability!)
We spent the last week applying to sits and have secured some in NY state, PA and Washington DC. With some lovely pets, homes and owners. We have a few more things to finalise, but now have 6 booked until July and only got turned down for one.
Yes, I missed some sits we liked the look of but that just lead me to others. I am being open and honest as a fellow sitter on the platform as whether you think the changes have been good or bad, there are still sits available and yes there may be new changes and new things to consider, but there are still a lot of good things happening and good sit out there.
I am opening up as a sitter myself and sharing my true experiences. It may be different from your own and I respect that. Mainly I just want to share that however unsettling or bad it may be viewed there is still the very real opportunity of getting sits and very good sits.
Thank you for reading this and I am glad that I can share my experiences with the community. Do I feel a little vulnerable talking about my own personal experience - very much yes, but if it helps then I am happy.
Best wishes Carla.