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Animal loving sitters for a home on the Big Island of Hawaii

  • This house is in: United States, Waikoloa
  • Period available: 1 month
  • Starts: 17 June 2016
  • Ends: 19 July 2016
  • Are there any pets to look after?
    2 dogs, one older (approximately 15 years), another younger dog (2 years old in March, 2016), several cats (indoor/outdoor), chickens

About this assignment

We are looking for a responsible, reliable, mature, friendly, pet-loving person/couple to care for our house, yard with plants, 2 dogs, (one older), many rescued feral cats (indoor/outdoor) while we are away from June 17 to July 19. Our house is located on the Big Island of Hawaii in Waikoloa Village subdivision.

What responsibilities are required of the house sitter

Two Dogs - Each fed once a day with a homemade dog food (veggie/rice mix with raw chicken). The sitter will need to prepare the rice and veggies (both are prepared about once a week). They need to be let out to use the restroom at least three times a day, and walked twice a day.

Cats - We have many cats that come in and out through a cat door. Their bowls will need to be filled with food twice a day.

Water bowl for Cats and Dogs - washed out periodically and filled with fresh water ideally kept full

Chicken(s) - Once a day the chicken(s) will need food, water, and their sleeping area of the hen house to be washed down with a hose. Their eggs will also need to be collected.

Plants - The plants will need to be watered every day.

What are the good features of the property and location

The Big Island of Hawai'i (largest island of the archipelago) is home to almost all of the Earth's climate zones, rare endangered species, the world's largest volcanoes, and rich human history.

Our home is located in a small quiet residential area on the sunny side of the island. It is a bit of a drive from the nearest town, yet is close by a small market, coffee cafe and local eatery. A ten minute drive away is the coastal resort area with beaches, shops, restaurants, and attractions. A small walk away is a park with fields and playing equipment for kids.

In our house you will have use of a fully equipped kitchen, dining/living room, bathroom with shower/bath, and converted garage bedroom with California King size bed with memory foam mattress topper and dresser. We have wifi.
We have a view of the pacific, four great volcanic mountains (inactive), and the island of Maui in the distance.

What does the house sitter need to consider before applying for this assignment

The Hawaiian Islands are amongst the furthest from the closest land mass. At this isolated location in the pacific, the islands receive trade winds almost constantly. Because it can be very windy outside, dirt will sometimes come into the house. So we will provide a vacuum cleaner. Also the older dog sheds quite a bit so vacuming or sweeping regularly is recommended.

Because there is an active volcano here there can also be Vog (volcano fog), if you have any respiratory issues it might not be a good place for you.

For the beaches, we can expect large wave action on certain days, so watch the surf before going into the water.

Because our side of the island receives the lowest rainfall, please be considerate with your water use. On top of that, the utilities will only be paid for the usual amount we use. Nothing above or beyond that. There will be a security deposit. If your amount of utilities goes above what is normally paid, it will be deducted from your security deposit.

You will not need to worry about tsunamis since the home is at a high elevation. You will not need to worry about the volcanoes erupting. The active one is on the other side of the island.

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