StudentCo Pet Sitter Profile

Name of sitter: Kelsi C

Area: Fourways, Sandton

Note: Kelsi happily looks after pets who are not in her immediate area - driving is not a problem.

Course of study: BEng Civil Engineering

Approved StudentCo pet sitter since: November 2018


Experience with animals and own pets

My family has owned dogs and cats since I was born. I was absolutely in love with my dog, a mini Dachshund named Frankie, who was my best friend from the day we adopted her. Unfortunately, when I was about 10, due to unforeseen circumstances she, along with our other dog, had to be taken to a new family, where I believe they are happy and loved to this day. After that event, I struggled to get along with the new pets that we eventually got, as I was scared the same thing would happen again.

About two years ago, I made a friend who had a Rottweiler named Blue and two Dachshunds named Tasha and Toto. This new fur family taught me how to love animals again and since then, I have never looked back. I have fallen madly in love with animals since then, to such an extent that I have adopted a vegan lifestyle.

I also do my bit with regards to volunteering. I love looking after animals and making their lives just that little bit better. For example, at the beginning of this year I brought in a cat named Chute (short for Parachute), who had jumped off a two-story building, where he had been stuck for several days. Although he suffered brain damage and other injuries, I nursed him back to health. He is unfortunately still brain damaged but is learning to walk, eat and meow.

I am extremely grateful for all the animals who have been a part of my life, and I don't know what I would do without them.


Feedback from References


Reference 1

Being part of StudentCo means working with animals. In your opinion, would the above person be suitable for this type of work? Absolutely!

Would you describe him/her as an honest, reliable individual? Yes, I would.

Would you trust this person with your own children, home and pets? Yes, I would.

Please describe how you know this person:

Kelsi has cat-sat for me on occasion.

Please confirm that you are not an immediate family member, romantic partner or close friend of the above person. Confirmed!

Additional notes:

Kelsi was friendly and responsible. Our flat was kept clean and we were appreciative of the daily updates and photos of our fur-babies while we were away. On an occasion where the key was not delivered to her on time but the cats needed to be fed, she went out of her way to get food and sat by our door pushing the food through the door for the cats.

What could have been a massive stress and disaster was averted by her and we were so appreciative. You can enjoy your trip away from home knowing she is taking care of your belongings and babies the way you would want them to be cared for.

Reference 2

Being part of StudentCo means working with animals. In your opinion, would the above person be suitable for this type of work? Absolutely!

Would you describe him/her as an honest, reliable individual? Yes, I would.

Would you trust this person with your own children, home and pets? Yes, I would.

Please describe how you know this person:

I am the deputy principal and sports coach at the school she attended.

Please confirm that you are not an immediate family member, romantic partner or close friend of the above person. Confirmed!


StudentCo Client Reviews

Please note that not all pet parents complete our feedback questionnaire - for a full list of any sitter's experience, please do feel free to ask.


Visits with Roxy (Dachshund)

My name: Jenni Hopping-Mills

Name of pet sitter: Kelsi C

My pets (breeds and names): Roxy (Dachshund)

Service used: Visits

My pet sitter was well-presented and well-spoken during the meet-and-greet - I immediately felt comfortable: Absolutely!

While I was away, my pet sitter kept in daily contact. I knew what was going on at my home, and how my pets were doing: Yup - I got detailed daily updates as well as pictures

Upon my return, my pets were happy and well cared for: Absolutely!

Upon my return, my home was presented to me in a clean and respectable state: Yup!

My particular instructions were followed to a T: Absolutely!

I would recommend StudentCo to friends and family: Yes, absolutely!

I was satisfied with my dealings with the admin team: Yes, absolutely

If 1 is terrible and 5 is excellent, please rate your overall experience with StudentCo and this sitter: 5

Date of Review: 12/28/2018 5:10:00 AM

Stay-overs with Mia and Squeeze (cats)

My name: Nadia Thiessen

Name of pet sitter: Kelsi C

My pets (breeds and names): Mia and Squeeze (cats)

Service used: Stay-overs

My pet sitter was well-presented and well-spoken during the meet-and-greet - I immediately felt comfortable: Absolutely!

While I was away, my pet sitter kept in daily contact. I knew what was going on at my home, and how my pets were doing: Yup - I got detailed daily updates as well as pictures

Upon my return, my pets were happy and well cared for: Absolutely!

Upon my return, my home was presented to me in a clean and respectable state: Yup!

My particular instructions were followed to a T: Absolutely!

I would recommend StudentCo to friends and family: Yes, absolutely!

I was satisfied with my dealings with the admin team: Yes, absolutely

If 1 is terrible and 5 is excellent, please rate your overall experience with StudentCo and this sitter: 5

Date of Review: 2/1/2019 5:59:59 AM

Stay-overs with Mia and Squeeze (cats)

My name: Nadia Packham-Thiessen

Name of pet sitter: Kelsi C

My pets (breeds and names): Mia and Squeeze (cats)

Service used: Stay-overs

My pet sitter was well-presented and well-spoken during the meet-and-greet - I immediately felt comfortable: Absolutely!

While I was away, my pet sitter kept in daily contact. I knew what was going on at my home, and how my pets were doing: Sort of - I got updates, but they were not as detailed as I would have liked.

Upon my return, my pets were happy and well cared for: Absolutely!

Upon my return, my home was presented to me in a clean and respectable state: Yup!

My particular instructions were followed to a T: Absolutely!

I would recommend StudentCo to friends and family: Yes, absolutely!

I was satisfied with my dealings with the admin team: Yes, absolutely

If 1 is terrible and 5 is excellent, please rate your overall experience with StudentCo and this sitter: 4

Additional Comments:

I was a little disappointed this time with Kelsi, as I needed to prompt her to let me know how my cats were doing.

On Saturday I hadn't heard any feedback the entire day until 5pm, and only got feedback after my message :(.

I'd like to have received feedback without asking for it.

Note from StudentCo: Sitters are expected to send detailed, daily updates and pics without being asked to do so. We thank Nadia for bringing this matter to our attention.

Date of Review: 2/13/2019 10:28:11 AM

Stay-overs with Moby and Mia (Cocker Spaniels)

My name: Lauren Palmer

Name of pet sitter: Kelsi C

My pets (breeds and names): Moby and Mia (Cocker Spaniels)

Service used: Stay-overs

My pet sitter was well-presented and well-spoken during the meet-and-greet - I immediately felt comfortable: Absolutely!

While I was away, my pet sitter kept in daily contact. I knew what was going on at my home, and how my pets were doing: Yup - I got detailed daily updates as well as pictures

Upon my return, my pets were happy and well cared for: Absolutely!

Upon my return, my home was presented to me in a clean and respectable state: Yup!

My particular instructions were followed to a T: Absolutely!

I would recommend StudentCo to friends and family: Yes, absolutely!

I was satisfied with my dealings with the admin team: Yes, absolutely

If 1 is terrible and 5 is excellent, please rate your overall experience with StudentCo and this sitter: 5

Date of Review: 1/30/2019 7:13:49 AM

Stay-overs with Diago, Misha, Duke and Luca

My name: Erhardt Brandt

Name of pet sitter: Kelsi C

My pets (breeds and names): Diago, Misha, Duke and Luca

Service used: Stay-overs

My pet sitter was well-presented and well-spoken during the meet-and-greet - I immediately felt comfortable: Absolutely!

While I was away, my pet sitter kept in daily contact. I knew what was going on at my home, and how my pets were doing: Yup - I got detailed daily updates as well as pictures

Upon my return, my pets were happy and well cared for: Absolutely!

Upon my return, my home was presented to me in a clean and respectable state: Yup!

My particular instructions were followed to a T: Absolutely!

I would recommend StudentCo to friends and family: Yes, absolutely!

I was satisfied with my dealings with the admin team: Yes, absolutely

If 1 is terrible and 5 is excellent, please rate your overall experience with StudentCo and this sitter: 5

Date of Review: 3/10/2019 12:25:38 PM

Stay-overs with Monty and Barney (mixed large breed)

My name: Kate White

Name of pet sitter: Kelsi C

My pets (breeds and names): Monty and Barney (mixed large breed)

Service used: Stay-overs

My pet sitter was well-presented and well-spoken during the meet-and-greet - I immediately felt comfortable: Absolutely!

While I was away, my pet sitter kept in daily contact. I knew what was going on at my home, and how my pets were doing: Yup - I got detailed daily updates as well as pictures

Upon my return, my pets were happy and well cared for: Absolutely!

Upon my return, my home was presented to me in a clean and respectable state: Not at all.

My particular instructions were followed to a T: Not quite...

I would recommend StudentCo to friends and family: No, I'd rather not.

I was satisfied with my dealings with the admin team: Yes, absolutely

If 1 is terrible and 5 is excellent, please rate your overall experience with StudentCo and this sitter: 2

Additional Comments: Lights had been left on at our house, an excessive amount of electricity used during her stay (we have prepaid so could see exactly what was used while we were away), cigarette wrapping left in bedroom, cigarettes disposed of in inside bin (resulting in kitchen smelling of old cigarettes), evidence of hair trimming on patio furniture, kitchen scissors apparently used for hair cutting.

Note from StudentCo: Thank you for bringing these matters to our attention - what you describe is unacceptable behaviour and will be discussed with Kelsi. Thank you for helping us improve our service - we appreciate the feedback.

Date of Review: 4/24/2019 3:20:20 PM

Stay-overs with Laika (Great Dane) and Bentley (German Shorthaired Pointer)

My name: Chelsea Fuller

Name of pet sitter: Kelsi C

My pets (breeds and names): Laika (Great Dane) and Bentley (German Shorthaired Pointer)

Service used: Stay-overs

My pet sitter was well-presented and well-spoken during the meet-and-greet - I immediately felt comfortable: Absolutely!

While I was away, my pet sitter kept in daily contact. I knew what was going on at my home, and how my pets were doing: Yup - I got detailed daily updates as well as pictures

Upon my return, my pets seemed happy and well cared for: Absolutely!

Upon my return, my home was presented to me in a clean and respectable state: Yup!

My particular instructions were followed to a T: Absolutely!

I would recommend StudentCo to friends and family: Yes, absolutely!

I was satisfied with my dealings with the admin team: Yes, absolutely

If 1 is terrible and 5 is excellent, please rate your overall experience with StudentCo and this sitter: 4

Date of review: 2019/08/12 15:37:34