There is nothing more secure than having people at home while you're away. Get a house sitter.
The Happy Texan Carer
I'm Alyssa from Texas. I am coming to New Zealand on the WHV and plan to see as much of this beautiful country as well as meet amazing people along the way. I absolutely love animals and would be glad to help care for them while you are away. I have a dog who is a mix between chihuahua and miniature pinscher and I'm going to miss him so much while I'm visiting NZ for the year so watching over your home, helping to keep it clean and tidy, and caring for your beloved animals sounds great.