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Pet Care Services Contract

Last revision Last revision 03/04/2024
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Size Size6 to 8 pages
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Last revisionLast revision: 03/04/2024

FormatsAvailable formats: Word and PDF

SizeSize: 6 to 8 pages

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What is a Pet Care Services Contract?

A pet care services agreement, also sometimes referred to as a pet sitting agreement or pet walking agreement, is a document between a service provider (the pet care provider) and a client ( the pet owner).

In a pet care agreement, the service provider contracts with the client to provide certain pet-related services. These can be any type of pet care services, such as dog walking, cat sitting or even hamster sitting.

The pet care agreement contains all the information the service provider needs to care for the animal.

What should a Pet Care Services Contract contain?

A Pet Care Services Contract should contain a clause whereby the client stipulates to the service provider exactly what they need to do to take care of the pet. The client indicates the exact services required, including dates and times. In a pet care agreement, the client should describe important details including:

  • The specific services;
  • The needs of the pet, including dietary restrictions;
  • Duration of walks and times; and
  • Information on pricing and payment methods.

Who can enter into a Pet Care Services Contract?

The pet-care provider and the pet owner may enter into this agreement. The signatories must be at least of majority age and not under a disability. The ages of majority are as follows:

  • Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Saskatchewan: 18 years old.
  • British Columbia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Yukon: 19 years old.

What is the duration of a Pet Care Services Contract?

The duration of a Pet Care Services Contract is normally a fixed-term, which lasts as long as the pet owner is away and requires the services. Alternatively, the term of the agreement can be indefinite for pet owners that require a pet-care provider on a daily basis.

What has to be done after a Pet Care Services Contract is ready?

After the document is ready, the parties will need to both sign it, either electronically or physically. Each party will need to keep a copy of the document for their records.

Which laws are applicable to a Pet Care Services Contract?

The general law of contracts applies to Pet Care Services Contracts as well as animal welfare legislation, which requires that animals be treated with care. The following pieces of legislation govern animal welfare:

  • Ontario: Provincial Animal Welfare Services Act, 2019, S.O. 2019, c. 13
  • British Columbia: Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, RSBC 1996, c 372
  • Alberta: Animal Protection Act, RSA 2000, c A-41
  • Manitoba: The Animal Care Act, CCSM c A84
  • Quebec: Act respecting societies for the prevention of cruelty to animals, CQLR c S-32
  • New Brunswick: Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, RSNB 2014, c 132
  • Nova Scotia: Animal Protection Act, SNS 2008, c 33
  • Prince Edward Island: Animal Welfare Act, RSPEI 1988, c A-11.2
  • Newfoundland and Labrador: Animal Health and Protection Act, SNL 2010, c A-9.1
  • Yukon: Animal Protection and Control Act, SY 2022, c 13
  • Nunavut: Dog Act, RSNWT (Nu) 1988, c D-7
  • Northwest Territories: Dog Act, RSNWT 1988, c D-7
  • Saskatchewan: The Animal Protection Act, 2018, SS 2018, c A-21.2

Furthermore, a pet-care provider servicing numerous clients may need to ensure compliance with municipal zoning regulations and noise bylaws.

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