StudentCo Pet Sitter Profile

If you like this profile, remember the name "Melissa K" and simply click here to tell us more about your pets and when you will need a sitter. StudentCo will let you know if this pet sitter is available (if not, you will be introduced to another, equally awesome, team member).

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: Melissa K

Area: Horison Park, Roodepoort

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

Course of study: LLB (Law)

Approved StudentCo pet sitter since: October 2017

Experience with animals and own pets

I have been so blessed to have been born into an animal-loving family. Since I can remember, our family has always had dogs, cats, birds, fish tanks and hamsters. Stray and injured animals have always found their way into our hearts.

Animals demonstrate such unconditional love that I find inspirational in life. I take animal ownership and the responsibilities that accompanies it very seriously and will always act selflessly and in the best interest of my pets, regardless of the odds.

I regularly look after relatives' and even acquaintances' pets when they go on holiday, and I love spending time with my own as well as other peoples' pets.

Currently, our four-legged family consists of Sylvester (a black and white Maine Coon) and Jester (a grey tabby cat) - we adopted Sylvester roughly 4 months ago and my father picked Jester up from the side of the road when he was just 5 weeks old.

Until recently, we had two dogs, Hector (a Caucasian Shepherd) and Wiellie (a Dachshund). Sadly, Hector passed away suddenly a few weeks ago and now our only dog is Wiellie, the Dachshund.

We also have three birds (a budgie, love bird and a cockatiel) as well as a fish tank.

My father and I take the dog for a walk every day and I share in the responsibilities of looking after our pets.

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StudentCo Pet Sitting procedure and veterinary emergency test

Melissa scored 100% in our test about proper pet sitting procedure and the recognition of common veterinary emergencies.

Feedback from References


R. van Vuuren - pet sitting

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:

Melissa looked after our pets a couple of times in the past when we went on holidays , and I found that she is an honest and reliable person who goes out of her way to treat the pets well.

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

Additional notes: I can really recommend her, and would make use of her services whenever I am in need of help.

R. Ginsburg - pet sitting

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:

She is the niece of my best friend and has house sat before and looked after my pets.

Very trustworthy, special young lady.

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

Additional notes: Can recommend her for any job and know she loves and cares for animals and is very honest and respectful.

P. Masters - pet sitting

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:

From related friends, I met her a few years ago and have hired her on occasions to house and pet sit.

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

Additional notes: Very caring, considerate, and trustworthy individual - I have no problem in recommending Melissa at all.

She herself comes from a nature- and animal loving family.


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!

Visits with Beagle and a Staffie

My name: Jaco Du Plessis

Name of pet sitter: Melissa K

My pets (breeds and names): Beagle and a Staffie

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:

Love you guys!

Date of Review: 1/10/2018 8:45:49 PM

Visits with Ed and Gemma (cats)

My name: Henno Claassens

Name of pet sitter: Melissa K

My pets (breeds and names): Ed and Gemma (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

Date of Review: 1/11/2018 3:27:01 AM

Visits with Ed and Gemma (cats)

My name: Daleen Claassens

Name of pet sitter: Melissa K

My pets (breeds and names): Ed and Gemma (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 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: 10/4/2018 9:01:25 AM


Some pictures of the pet children during pet sitting

Claassens kitty 2

Claassens kitty 2

Claassens kitty 1

Claassens kitty 1

Onyx and Spencer

Onyx and Spencer

Gemma and Eddie (2)

Gemma and Eddie (2)

Gemma and Eddie (2)

Gemma and Eddie (2)