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Kiwi House Sitters

The largest pet & house sitting site in New Zealand

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House Sitting Preferences
  • 0 - 1 week, 1 - 2 weeks, 2 - 4 weeks, 1 - 2 months, 2 months +
  • Dog(s), Cat(s), Fish, Bird(s), Rabbit(s)/Guinea Pig(s), Chickens/Ducks/Geese, Reptile(s), Farm Animals
Preferred Locations
  • Anywhere in New Zealand
  • NEXT 6 MONTHS    
  • 2020: 3Jul-7Jul | 9Jul-18Jul | 24Jul-26Jul | 26Jul-2Aug | 3Aug-15Aug | 17Aug-20Aug | 21Aug-18Sep | 10Oct-10Nov
  • On a house-sit right now

Experienced, Trustworthy Pet & Housesitting Pros

52, Retired (Executive; Wildlife Conservation, Animal Welfare)

56, Retired (Geologist)

Hello! We are a non-smoking, married couple utilizing our knowledge, experience and love of animals to establish a new "career" as global pet/house sitters.

We are scientists by education (Michele a marine biologist, Blair a geologist). Michele has 25+ years experience with animals & informal science learning (zoo, aquarium, wildlife) and, most recently, as an executive in animal welfare. Blair worked as an environmental consultant. He's handy around the house, loves interacting with animals, and enjoys a nice maths problem.

In July 2018, we uprooted from the great town of Oakland, California, USA, where we owned a purple house and fostered dogs with medical and behavioral needs. In August 2019, we returned to New Zealand after a 9-month wander around Europe, pet & house sitting along the way.

Blair is a Kiwi; Michele is American with NZ Permanent Resident Visa.

Thru online platforms (Kiwi Housesitters, Trusted Housesitters) and a growing list of international personal referrals, we have years of house and pet sitting experience and excellent references. We are qualified to care for most flavors of critters & plants, and, if needed, are handy with tools and wee DIY home projects.

From April 2018 - Mar 2020, we have had over 20 house/pet sitting bookings in USA, NZ, Spain, UK (Gibraltar, England, Scotland), and Italy. (Prior to Covid, we had been booked thru Sept 2020)

Michele has 25+ years experience with all kinds of animals: companions (dog, cat, rat, guinea pig, rabbit); small ops livestock (chickens, sheep, alpaca, cattle); small & large birds, including macaws & African Greys; fresh & saltwater fish and invertebrates; exotics (reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, insects, arachnids); and wildlife (all manner of North American birds, small & large mammals, marine & freshwater mammals/fish/inverts, sharks, sea turtles). Blair has experience with dogs, cats & cattle, loves chickens and is an excellent worker, whatever the task.

After our sweet Tigger-Kitteh died, we became a foster family for dogs with medical and behavior needs. We also provided fospice care for geriatric dogs or those with terminal medical conditions.

At the heart of it, we want to provide a safe, comfortable, fun and loving environment for your animal family while you are away. Pets can miss their people, and we strive to be the next best thing during your absence. We are discreet (no guests or sharing on social media), will respect all house rules, and are handy if anything goes awry.

It is our pleasure to serve you and your animal family - furred, feathered, finned or flaky, we love them all! Your trust, confidence, satisfaction, and referrals mean everything to us.
Thanks for your consideration and we look forward to meeting you.

Reviews (4)
Michele and Blair were great dog/house sitters. They cared for our home for 10 days in early December 2019 whilst we were travelling in the North Island. They took excellent care of our spoodle Zac in every possible way, including walking him twice daily. They took good care of our home. We have no hesitation in recommending this very pleasant and caring couple.
SUE AND MIKE (Richmond South Island, Nov 2019 - 1 week 3 days)
Michelle and Blair were fantastic house sitters. Great communication before and during the sit. Looked after our cat very well - he loves the mouse Michelle knitted for him. Highly recommended. Lovely caring people.
ROY (Ngaio North Island, Jul 2020 - 4 days)
It was our absolute delight to have Michelle and Blair take care of our house and pets while we were away on holiday. Not only was our place well looked after, more importantly, our rescue dog had been lovingly doted on with her own mini training program and our fussy cat showered with affection. Michelle in particular was an experienced treasure in regards to bully breeds who need some extra attention and our dog has been better behaved since her and Blair stayed. Three walks a day, you bet ... MORE
GARTH (Pirimai North Island, Jun 2020)
Ok, so this was our first time having house sitters. Naturally, we were a little nervous but we had heard good things about this website and we connected with Michelle and Blair online well. They seemed like kind, intelligent, considerate people...but would they actually be in our home and tend to our loved ones whilst we were gone? Turns out this couple are a tour de force in housesitting. Michelle is so considered and organised and thoughtful. Blair is too. We came home to our home and our ... MORE
JOANNA (Oratia North Island, Dec 2019 - 4 weeks)
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Make sure the garden and pot plants are thriving when you get back - get a house sitter.

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