We set up Tailster to make the lives of pet owners simple, helping you to find a carer for your pet.

Finding the perfect pet carer is tough, especially during the festive period. Whilst we are able to help you find a dog boarder, dog sitter, cat sitter or a dog walker on short notice, we’ve been crunching some of the numbers and have worked out when the optimal time is to start the search for a pet sitter.

30% of our festive bookings last year were made with less than 7 days notice. We really believe that Tailster is the king of last minute pet care bookings!

In order to secure the services of our most popular pet carers, we strongly recommend that you create your Tailster listing 4-6 weeks ahead of your travel plans as they start to get booked up pretty quickly.

This would buy you plenty of time to create a listing, let our carers know your specific requirements and have time to lock in your booking with 3-4 weeks to spare. As soon as you have found the carer you like, make sure you arrange a meet and greet to see if it's a good fit and then secure the booking!

  • Typically 40% of our holiday bookings were made with at least 30 days to spare. This allowed these pet owners the luxury of enjoying their December in the knowledge that their holiday pet care was taken care of.
  • We have received bookings for the upcoming holidays from as early as April.
  • We are hearing from some of our most popular pet sitters that they are critically close to full capacity already for the Christmas break.

By booking through Tailster, you ensure that your pet is covered by our industry leading insurance, you receive date/location/time stamped photo updates, can see where you dog's been with GPS tracked walks and benefit from hassle free secure online payments - all at No extra cost!

We strongly advise placing your Tailster listing by Friday, 7 December 2018 at the latest.


Don't panic, if you need any help finding the perfect carer for your pet this festive season, make a request below and let us do the hard work. It's FREE and only takes 30 seconds!