I think it would be neat if there was a place to advertise what kind of sit we as sitters are looking for. I personally am looking for a longer sit on the west coast as the place I rent sold and I need to find a new place to live. Being able to find a long sit would help greatly at this moment. Also I could tell the prospective sit that I come with a very friendly old Mastiff.
You could create a saved search(es)and set the duration for a minimum of ____weeks/months or longer. Someone correct me if I’m wrong, but I think you need to set a separate saved search for each state. It would be nice if you could set parameters on a map to cover a certain geographical area but I don’t think this is possible. You can have three saved searches if set up through the website and (I think) ten searches if set up through the app
@mars I have a saved search where they are neighbouring states, as in the southern states, just by enlarging or reducing the size of the map coverage to get the area I want. However, if the states are far apart e.g. California & NY state, then I think it has to be separate saved searches.
@Mastiffmom I think doing a saved search for the west coast of the US would be fairly easy as you could move the map so that the land was on the far right and then the ocean would take up the rest of the space. Wanting to bring a dog with you may limit your choices, however.
On reading your post I’m wondering if you are in fact asking about a place to advertise within the forum. While it was an idea considered some months ago, as we watched the evolving nature of this new space, we realized (and had feedback from members) that this isn’t the place to advertise sits or sitters, as it becomes confusing especially for new members, or potential members, who do need to put their details, profiles and listings on the main website where all the support and best practice options are in place to guide you through the processes.
This is explained more in the forum Q&A’s which can be found here…
The only exception is the Last Minute Sit category where owners can post sits that have been cancelled and are within 7 days of starting. Sitters on the forum also benefit from finding last minute sits also by checking out this space if they are in need of an urgent sit.
Using Saved Searches to find sits is, we find, the very best option. But you can also add your profile to your forum profile … instructions here so that other members here can find you. You can also talk about your ideal destinations in your introduction to the forum.
Hope that helps explain and provide some alternatives. But do have a look at saved searches… part of the filter can be the length of the sit… so set it long.
I agree that it would be nice if as a HO, I could search for sitters that want to be in my area. Alternatively, it would be nice if sitters could message HOs to say ‘Hey I’m interested in sitting at your place’. Currently, sitters can only message a HO if the HO has a date and they have to do this by applying for the sit.
We have messaged several pet owners in the past to say we can’t do your dates advertised but if you need someone in such and such a period please contact us. And we have a few pending.
Again we get back to the solution of having active sitter profiles with dates and places where they would like to be for pet owners to browse and maybe book their break accordingly.
How do I use the map to set a location. Yes, I want the west coast continual states. thanks for the help.
In the THS website, under ‘Find a house sit’, search ‘USA’. Then enlarge and move the map around until you get something similar to what I show here. Then set your filters to the variables you want - click on each filter, if you’re not familiar with them. Then click ‘save this search’. Each day you will get an email with the new listings that are in that saved search area.