Angry Pet Owners Of Pet Sitting Ban In NYC

Angry Pet Owners Of Pet Sitting Ban In NYC

Pet owners in NYC are being reminded that under the NYC health regulations that private pet sitting is considered illegal.

The New York City department of health has advised owners that their regulations state that only someone that possesses a kennel licence may offer pet sitting, grooming or feeding animals, this licence cannot be obtained by a private home owner according to Daily News New York

Although this has been a law for sometime, it is not a very well known law and has put a lot of pet care businesses at risk of not only closing but massive fines, two of which have already been fined upto $1000.

The Health Department recently sent a letter last October to, which has since been brought by Rover, in the letter it stated that the company must ensure that all users have the correct kennel licence before joining up.

Rover who boasts an impressive 9,000 registered pet sitters is now looking at getting the law changed and says the following

“If you’ve got a 14-year-old getting paid to feed your cats, that’s against the law right now,” “Most places right now continue to make it easier to watch children than animals, and that doesn’t make any sense.” – John Laphem

Health Department spokesman Julien Martinez has hit back saying the ban is justified because of public health concerns.

“To ensure the health and safety of pets and reduce risks to public health, the NYC Health Code requires certain businesses to obtain a Health Department permit and comply with necessary regulations – this includes animal boarding facilities and kennels,” “We also conduct inspections of these facilities to make sure animals would be secure and safe.”


Since the City Health committee chair Corey Johnson has said he was shocked to find out that pet sitting was illegal and plans to draft legislation to allow it.


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