Why Do We At Four Paws Require 2 Keys?…glad you asked!

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Many people ask why does the sitter need 2 keys?

By having 2 keys will insure that even in emergencies we will be there to care for your beloved fur babies.

We want to make the pet sitting process easy for you while providing excellent care.

Being in business for 14 years has taught us a lot in being prepared for something that can go wrong.

The last thing we want to do is make unnecessary stress for our clients and their pets by having to call a locksmith or your emergency contacts.

So what kind of emergencies are we prepared for with having 2 keys?

A key can bend, get stuck or break off in the lock.

The sitter may have an illness or emergency.key_cabinet

We are not in the habit of losing a key but it could happen. Our sitters carry your key on a lanyard and the key is securely marked so no one would know what home the key belongs to.

Sometimes we may have 2 sitters doing your visits and each sitter needs a key. We will not hide a key on your property.

A sitter could accidentally lock themselves out.

We keep the 2nd key in a locked file cabinet in the office.

After your visits, the first key will also be returned to the office unless of course you are a daily client or very often and in that case the sitter keeps the key secure.

Having a backup is always important! So, one of the biggest lessons in this many years is that 2 keys is a must!

Makes sense, doesn’t it?





Should I Let My Pet Sitter Keep My Keys?


We are often asked is it safe for you to keep our keys? and Why don’t you return them when you are done?

Our policy at Four Paws Pet Sitting Services is that you give us 2 keys and we do keep the keys on file unless you object. (it’s up to you!)


Your keys are never marked with your name or address. We use an ID # on each key and all keys are stored in a locked file cabinet at our office.

Now, keep an open mind and see why it is beneficial for us to keep your keys.

1) We will have your key for future pet visits. We are always ready to be there for your fur babies. If we don’t have your key, a time to meet will need to be set up and if this is last minute, that could be a problem. There will also be a trip charge.This is the last thing you need when getting ready to go out of town.

2) Last minute visits! It is wonderful to have us as your trusted pet sitter and know that we can be there for last minute visits. Life happens and people are called out of town with little warning.

3) Lock outs. Have you ever been locked out of your home? We can come to the rescue and it won’t cost you like a locksmith.Next blog, read why we ask for 2 keys!


Four Paws offers pet sitting, dog walking, overnight visits, pet taxi and house visits in these areas: Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Holly Springs, Morrisville, Fuquay-Varina, Garner, and some of Clayton, NC.

New clients may send us a email and inquire about our services HERE.

Four Paws Pet Sitting Services (919) 388- PAWS (7297)