StudentCo Pet Sitter Profile

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The next step is the meet-and-greet. This is an informal meeting at your home so you (and your pets!) can get to know a potential sitter. You are invited to discuss your needs and expectations openly, and then decide whether you would like to proceed with a booking. The meet-and-greet is 100% cost and obligation-free and will be arranged for a time that suits you.

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Name of sitter: Mackayla G

Area: Zwartkop (Centurion)

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

Course of study: Biological Sciences

Approved StudentCo pet sitter since: October 2017

Experience with animals and own pets

All my life I have loved animals and grew up with them; I am hoping to transfer to into Veterinary Sciences after my first degree.

I have four babies at home - a Great Dane (13 years old), a Ridgeback and an Africanis (both 2 years old) as well as a Jack Russell (12 years old). I love to take them for walks and watching them play! They're so energetic…except my Great Dane, who can always be found walking beside us, panting along.

My passion for animals definitely came from the furbabies I grew up with. I finished school when I was 17 years old, and took a gap year to work at the Tshwane SPCA for the year.

My Africanis, Nala, is the reason I got into volunteering as she was adopted from the SPCA, and she is the sweetest and most caring baby.

I continue to volunteer through my studies when I can. I have now been a volunteer for almost two years and it is still the greatest joy knowing the work you do for animals helps them find a loving home!

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StudentCo Pet Sitting procedure and veterinary emergency test

Mackayla passed our test about proper pet sitting procedure and the recognition of common veterinary emergencies. This means that she scored at least 80%. Please do feel free to ask for any team member’s individual test score.

Feedback from References

Reference 1

Being part of StudentCo means working with children and 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:

Mackyla worked at the Centurion branch of the Tshwane SPCA for period of one year as a Full time volunteer (unpaid), and she still do volunteer work when available. She is a hardworking individual. She is loving , caring, very passionate about the animals and work very closely with other volunteers and members of public in a nice manner. She is very humble and really do care about people and animals.

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

Additional notes: She use to take good care of the animals in our care, worked very closely with the kennel Assistants, helping to clean the kennels, feeding of the animals, reporting animals that need urgent vet attention, she is very observant and smart. ensuring that the environment in which the animals are kept are of good standards.Admitting lost, abandoned and surrendered animals She also helped in the reception when needed, attending to phone calls, welcoming new volunteers and giving them tasks to do,Assisted the society in many of our sterelization outreach campaigns in helping the animals during recovery after their operations and many more!


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. Also have a look at pictures of some pets this sitter has looked after at the bottom of this profile page. Yay!

Stay-overs with Debit and Credit (Main Coons Cats)

My name: Karen van der Merwe

Name of pet sitter: Mackayla G

My pets (breeds and names): Debit and Credit (Main Coons 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 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!

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

Additional Comments:

Thanks so much, I am going to get Mackayla again to look after our babies.

They were very happy and so are we.

Date of Review: 4/5/2018 6:48:45 AM

Visits with Labradors and cats

My name: Marius Strydom

Name of pet sitter: Mackayla G

My pets (breeds and names): Labradors and cats

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 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!

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

Additional Comments:

Excellent service, she really has a passion for animals!

Date of Review:

Stay-overs with Debit and Credit (Maine Coons)

My name: Karen Van der Merwe

Name of pet sitter: Mackayla G

My pets (breeds and names): Debit and Credit (Maine Coons)

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!

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

Date of Review: 5/22/2018 9:45:52 AM

Visits with Igor (Dachshund cross)

My name: Tinus Stander

Name of pet sitter: Mackayla G

My pets (breeds and names): Igor (Dachshund cross)

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 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: No, I was not

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

Additional Comments: I was quite perturbed to hear the day before my departure that, despite having booked a sitter for a month, and paying for a month in advance, that the sitter I handed my keys to would not be the one looking after my home... and that the admin office did not have a record of my payment. Although this was resolved within a few hours, it's a nasty bit of uncertainty the day before my departure; there is certainly room to improve in the office's business processes. Nevertheless, I found Mackayla (even though I've never met her in person) to be an excellent sitter that walked the extra mile to take care of Igor.

Note from StudentCo:

We apologise unreservedly for the administrative hiccup prior to Tinus's departure. The misunderstanding was sorted out speedily, and Tinus given a discount voucher for his next booking :).

Date of Review: 7/17/2018 2:05:41 PM

Stay-overs with Princess (Cross Miniture Pincher/Chihuahua) and Duke (Cross Golden Spaniel/Cocker Spaniel)

My name: Caroline Grimsley

Name of pet sitter: Mackayla G

My pets (breeds and names): Princess (Cross Miniture Pincher/Chihuahua) and Duke (Cross Golden Spaniel/Cocker Spaniel)

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: 5

Additional Comments:

I have and will recommend the - Pet Sitter Mackayla - and StudentCo - to family and friends.

Thanks for great care of our pets and property.

P.S. I/we don't often rate anyone or any company with a 5 so we are extremely satisfied.

Date of Review: 7/26/2018 10:19:48 AM

Stay-overs with Milo (Yorkie)

My name: Yvonne Richards

Name of pet sitter: Mackayla G

My pets (breeds and names): Milo (Yorkie)

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: 5

Additional Comments:

Mackayla is the loveliest lady.

On the welcome visit I already felt at ease and knew that she was the one that I could trust with my "baby".

You can just see she loves animals and Milo immediately liked her, so I knew if he trusts her and likes her then she is the right one.

I would recommend her to everyone.

She is an absolute pleasure to deal with and she kept me up to date everyday and I did not stress one day while I was away about Milo, because I knew 100% that she would love him and take care of him just as much as i would.

She is AMAZING!!

She gets a big thumbs up from me.

Date of Review: 8/29/2018 12:02:15 PM

Visits with Igor (Dachsund cross)

My name: Tinus Stander

Name of pet sitter: Mackayla G

My pets (breeds and names): Igor (Dachsund cross)

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 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: 5

Additional Comments:

As I've come to expect, I received nothing but a completely professional and friendly service from StudentCo once again.

Igor was happy and healthy, the property was exactly how I left it, and Mackayla sent me daily updates on Igor's adventures.

Date of Review: 9/5/2018 2:10:44 PM

Visits with Mia (cat) and Dash and Zoë (Rabbits)

My name: Liezle de Klerk

Name of pet sitter: Mackayla G

My pets (breeds and names): Mia (cat) and Dash and Zoë (Rabbits)

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 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: 5

Additional Comments:

Mackayla is a real gem.

I would gladly recommend her to anyone.

Very Glad that I have booked her for my December leave as well.

Date of Review: 9/4/2018 4:28:22 PM

Stay-overs with Debit and Credit (Maine Coons)

My name: Karen van der Merwe

Name of pet sitter: Mackayla G

My pets (breeds and names): Debit and Credit (Maine Coons)

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: 5

Additional Comments:

We love Makayla!!

Super happy with her service.

Date of Review: 9/19/2018 1:05:24 PM

Stay-overs with Maya (Border Collie cross), Togo (Husky), Kayla (Wire-haired Dachshund)

My name: Andrea Wilkins

Name of pet sitter: Mackayla G

My pets (breeds and names): Maya (Border Collie cross), Togo (Husky), Kayla (Wire-haired Dachshund)

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: 5

Additional Comments:

Mackayla was great!

She went above and beyond, giving our needy kids as much attention as possible.

We came back to a spotless house and very happy puppy dogs.

Would recommend her to anybody!

Date of Review: 9/18/2018 6:13:15 PM

Stay-overs with Billy, Beer, Milo, Charlie and Lola

My name: Marius Strydom

Name of pet sitter: Mackayla G

My pets (breeds and names): Billy, Beer, Milo, Charlie and Lola

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

Additional Comments:

Very happy with the service received.

Mackayla really loves animals. :)

Date of Review: 10/9/2018 5:21:24 PM

Stay-overs with Tosca (Hungarian Vizsla), Cooper (Yorkie cross) and Casey (Yorkie)

My name: Maureen de Wet

Name of pet sitter: Mackayla G

My pets (breeds and names): Tosca (Hungarian Vizsla), Cooper (Yorkie cross) and Casey (Yorkie)

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

Additional Comments:

Mackayla is a wonderful person to deal with.

She clearly adores animals as my pets loved her to bits.

Casey is usually very suspicious of strangers, but she warmed to Mackayla instantly which is a true testament to Mackayla's kind and sweet demeanour.

Date of Review: 11/13/2018 12:49:31 PM