Name of sitter: Kirstyn S

Area: Northmead, Benoni and Hillcrest, Pretoria

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

Course of study: BSc – Animal Sciences

Approved StudentCo pet sitter since: February 2019


Experience with animals and own pets

Animals have always been a big part of my life. I have had numerous pets growing up, from hamsters and fish to dogs and cats. Rusty, my Cocker Spaniel, was my best fur friend growing up, as he was welcomed into my family a few weeks before I was born. He and our German Shepherd, Tessa, were the best of friends and had an inseparable bond. Sadly, they both passed away - Tessa when I was 8 years old and Rusty when I was 11 years old.

I currently have two wonderful cats, Minky and Mister, who are from different litters but have the same set of parents. I am trying to get into veterinary medicine, but I am currently studying animal science to pursue my dream and passion of working with and helping animals.

I have done some volunteer work with dogs - walking, washing and feeding them, and I have done a lot of job shadowing at local vets, due to my choice of studies. Through these experiences, I know that my love for animals will never fade and being with animals brings me an abundance of joy. I have experience in looking after the pets and homes of my friends and family members.


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:

Kirstyn attended the same High school as my son.

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

Additional notes:

My 3 Yorkies absolutely love Kirstyn. She looked after them on two occasions. Once we got back they actually kept going to the bedroom she used looking for her.

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 knew Kirstyn throughout her high school career and remain in touch with her. She is a fantastic, reliable young lady who can be trusted with any task that she is given. She is very fond of animals and intends on studying to become a vet. I cannot imagine that you would have any candidates better suited to this position.

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

Additional notes:

Full support for Kirstyn. You would be missing an excellent candidate if you did not employ her.

Reference 3

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 have known her since birth. She and her family are my neighbours. I was also a teacher at the school she attended. She often took care of my dogs when we went away and she was very reliable and made sure that they were fed and loved. I can unreservedly recommend her.

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.


Stay-overs with Raffa (Wire-haired) & Coraline (Bouvier)

My name: Jan Van der Vegt

Name of pet sitter: Kirstyn S

My pets (breeds and names): Raffa (Wire-haired) & Coraline (Bouvier)

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: 4/17/2019 1:56:43 PM

Visits with Brooklyn and Baltimore (Cocker Spaniels)

My name: Doney Janse van Rensburg

Name of pet sitter: Kirstyn S

My pets (breeds and names): Brooklyn and Baltimore (Cocker Spaniels)

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

Additional Comments: The only thing: On Sunday on our return there was no water for the dogs, not sure if Brooklyn decided to swim that day and that plashed out all the water. We would like to book Kirstyn again for May. I will just ask for location pins just for extra certainty. Kirstyn was amazing and looked after our dogs and our house. She is kind and loving and I take my hat of to her for walking my naughty puppies. Please give her the compliment.

Date of Review: 4/30/2019 9:21:33 AM

Visits with Brooklyn and Baltimore (Cocker Spaniels)

My name: Doney Janse van Rensburg

Name of pet sitter: Kirstyn S

My pets (breeds and names): Brooklyn and Baltimore (Cocker Spaniels)

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!

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

Stay-overs with Lulu (Labrador), Max (Boerbul), Muffin (Papilon), Lili (Daschund), Baloo en Rocco (Toypoms), Cleo and Sylvester (Cats)

My name: Marleen Havenga

Name of pet sitter: Kirstyn S

My pets (breeds and names): Lulu (Labrador), Max (Boerbul), Muffin (Papilon), Lili (Daschund), Baloo en Rocco (Toypoms), Cleo and Sylvester (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!

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

Additional Comments: We had trouble with the electricity in our area and Kirtstyn was asked to sleep at my sons house with the small dogs and then just go my house to feed the other furkids. She agreed without hesitation. Luckily it wasn't necessary as the power came on just before we left.