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Feb 22

How to make money from other people’s pets

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So, you really want a pet of your own, but just don’t have the space (or maybe the money) to offer it a comfortable life?

Well, guess what? You could actually fill that void in by spending time with other people’s pets and even make money while doing so.

Here are a few ideas:


Pet taxi service

Golden retriever hanging out car window

Occasionally, pets need to get from Point A to Point B at times that don’t necessarily suit their owners.

Perhaps the boss schedules a last-minute meeting everyone must attend at the exact time someone would quickly have slipped out to take their dog to the groomer. They can’t cancel the appointment, due to a penalty fee. What to do?

Or maybe both members of an elderly couple are experiencing a bout of bad health and are unable to take their injured cat to the vet.

You could help these desperate people out by starting a pet taxi service, where you safely transport beloved cats and dogs (maybe even fish and birds) to and from whatever appointment is proving to be problematic to its people.

In fact, once you’ve helped out once (and the pets approve of you), they might even opt to make use of your services on a regular basis.

What you need:

What you can make:

Some pet transportation companies charge up to £30/hour. It really depends how far your journey will be, how much of your time it will take up and how much you need to cover your own costs.


Open a mobile grooming parlour

Mobile dog grooming van

As mentioned above, one of the biggest problems pet-owners face is getting pets that require regular grooming to and from the parlour. Time constraints, lack of personal transportation, ill health, old-age and family/work commitments are all factors to consider.

If you’re not that keen on the taxi service idea, you could always offer a mobile grooming service.

What you need:

  • A large tub or two
  • Quality pet shampoo
  • Towels
  • Clippers for stray hairs
  • Nail clippers
  • A large enough vehicle to transport everything in
What you can make:

This depends greatly on how far you have to drive and how comprehensive your grooming service will be. But, you could easily start charging from around £30 for the most basic ‘wash and go’.


Pet sitting

Couple sitting on the couch with a boarder collie

“What to do about the dog/cat/fish/bird when we head away?” is probably one of the biggest headaches most pet-owners have whenever the holidays roll around.

If you’re not going anywhere yourself, you could always sign yourself up for pet-sitting services.

Basically, you will visit the house every day, feed the pets, spend some time with them, maybe take the dogs for walks and then head to the comfort of your own home again. If you opt to do this, you could do two or three homes in your vicinity and make some extra cash.

Some pet owners would prefer if you stayed with the pets full-time, which means you’d be house- and pet-sitting. This could be an especially fun treat for those who live in small, dingy apartments and crave a little garden space of their own!

What you need:

Just a love for animals really. Oh and a good deal of responsibility.

What you can make:

Pet sitters usually charge per pet, per hour but weekly rates or discounts for multiple pets can be put in place. Rates tend to range from around £6 per visit up to £15.

So this means that you could make between £12 and £30 a day for a couple of visits to one house.

If you did three or four homes you could make up to £120 a day.

Find out more by reading our article about making money from pet-sitting.


Dog walking

Woman walking beagle

As fun and easy as it sounds, all you have to do is pick up people’s dogs from wherever they live, take them for a stroll and return them safely.

Depending on how socialised the dogs you’re working with are, you could even walk several at the same time and pocket a bit more money.

What you need:

  • Experience in working with animals – if one of the dogs gets into a fight, you will need to know how to deal with it
  • Dog treats
  • A pair of strong arms to keep all the dogs under control
  • Time to walk the dogs at least twice a day
What you can make:

Dog walkers charge per dog, per hour. Rates range from about £10-15 per dog, per hour (or half hour in some cases).

Find out more by reading our article about making money by walking dogs.


Pet photography

Photographer photographing cat

Last, but not least, if you’ve been dabbling in photography for a while and want to carve out a career in it (as something other than a wedding photographer), why not capture the essence of people’s pets?

What you will need:

  • Some quality gear – while it doesn’t need to be top of the range, you’d need a camera with settings that will help you capture the pets in various modes: from chilling on the lawn to running after a ball
  • Patience – remember, animals won’t always be that keen to pose. You’ll often need some patience to get just the right shot
  • Treats! You’re going to have to bribe Fido and Felix somehow
  • A studio space for portraits – you don’t need your own, you’d always find something available for daily rental
What you can make:

You can charge similar prices to a normal photo shoot with humans – maybe even more, because pets really can be challenging to work with. In general, pet photographers would charge between £120 and £200 per session, depending on whether it’s an outdoor shoot or a studio shoot (the latter being more expensive).

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2 years ago

Some good ideas if you don’t have pets of your own.

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