You can now sign your pets up to be ‘comfort pets’, which will see them (you) be paid £50 an hour to help relax those who suffer with stress, anxiety, high blood-pressure as well as other behavioural conditions.
The service is open to all manner of animals, including but not limited to birds, snakes, lizards, llamas, goats, dogs, cats, horses and rabbits.
Europe’s leading online local services marketplace is recruiting pets across the UK. They will be a part of its new Comfort Pet category. This will see pets paid up to £50 an hour to comfort participants.
Lots of people suffer with anxiety, high blood pressure or stress. This new service enables people to hire any manner of pet for one hour or more, so they can interact with them. Thus, the service aims to alleviate their symptoms.
When we say any manner of pets, this includes, but is not limited to, birds, snakes, lizards, llamas, goats, dogs, cats, horses and rabbits.
The Comfort Pet service is aimed at all ages. Also, depending on the pet owner, it can include home and office visits, or onsite visits where participants travel to the pet’s location. Participants can also opt for group or one-to-one sessions. This depends on the capability of the Comfort Pet and its owner.
Comfort Pet providers can earn up to £50 an hour. However like with any Bark.com service, the provider sets the price.
The owner must be present during the comfort sessions. They must also be able to demonstrate they have full control of their pet(s) at all times. Bark.com recommends that before a session begins, the comfort pet and its owner meet with participants. Thus they can agree what will be covered in the session ensure the pet is comfortable with the environment. We would also recommend a contract is written up. This means you can agree the terms of the pet and participant’s interactions, including what is deemed as inappropriate behaviour by both parties and that both parties take full responsibility for their behaviour.
Kai Feller, co-founder of Bark.com said,
“We are a country of animal lovers, and with research proving the health benefits of interacting with them, and a host of amazing pets out there, it made sense to expand our current therapy offering with Comfort Pets.
“Many people appreciate and understand the benefits of spending time with animals, but for some it’s not always possible. We also want to make sure we offer a wide variety of pets, in part so the service can be completely tailored to each individual that uses it, but also to combat the rise in animal allergies in the UK. Everyone should be able to benefit from spending time with their very own Comfort Pet, no matter their circumstances.”