The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2018-10-29T19:54:13Z PET HOLIDAY HOUDINI'S: Is Your Pet an Escape Artist? 2018-10-29T19:54:13Z pet-holiday-houdini-s With Christmas only 8 weeks away, PetCloud founder Deborah Morrison is on a mission; She wants every pet owner in Australia to know how to conduct a responsible property check and what questions to ask potential pet sitters. “The last thing Pet Owners want is a call while they're in Bali saying their pet has escaped, or are at the Emergency Vet,” said Ms Morrison. Running a national pet sitting website with the help of RSPCA Qld for the last 3 years, PetCloud has taken what was once a “cottage industry” and given it framework to decrease the risk of escape or harm to pets in care. Early on PetCloud began discussions with RSPCA Qld staff such as Inspectors, Trainers, Vet Nurses, and Foster Carers to work through the questions asked of both Pet Sitters & Pet Owners to establish the safest Pet Sitting website in Australia. “In the keenness to embrace the sharing economy, PetCloud Founder Morrison says Pet Owners need to research the safety checks and liability these companies actually offer.”   There are many safety aspects that set PetCloud apart to be Australia’s most trusted and transparent pet sitting website such as: ●       Mandatory Police Background Checks of their Sitters ●       Mandatory Pet Sitter Training (created with the help of RSPCA Vets) ●       Mandatory Meet & Greets before a Pet Stay takes place ●       Property Checklist (created with the help of RSPCA Vets) ●       Pet Sitter Interview Questions ●       The most comprehensive Pet Profile in the market ●       Reviews by past Pet Owners ●       Customer Support is run by RSPCA’s National Call Centre PetCloud has grown rapidly across Australia and are proud to be a partner and supporter of Australia’s most renowned animal charity, RSPCA Queensland who are also an investor alongside Greencross Limited, the holding company of Greencross Vets and Petbarn Stores. PetCloud has the largest number of Sitters in Australia; over 18,000 nationwide. For Pet Owners to get their free Property checklist and Sitter interview questions; join the PetCloud website: https://www.petcloud.com.au/signup and they will be sent to you. Photo credit: Thinkstock by Getty Images Trust is a must when it comes to our pets! 2018-01-31T20:06:38Z trust-is-a-must-when-it-comes-to-our-pets   Sharing economy business, PetCloud, now outsources their customer support to RSPCA ·         2 in 3 Aussies are now using the shared economy - Canstar Feb 2017 ·         Almost half consumers surveyed in recent PwC survey remain concerned about unreliable quality in new online marketplaces With the online market booming in the APAC region, thousands of travelling Australians are now using the sharing economy to outsource their pet care needs. However, in a recent Price Waterhouse Coopers survey half of consumers are concerned about unreliable quality in new online marketplaces since sharing economy type businesses are essentially self-governed as regulation tries to catch up. Similar to AirBnb, PetCloud is one example of an Australian national sharing economy website that connects thousands of pet sitters with pet owners who are travelling and need to find care for their pet.  Pet Sitters are booked through the website and offer pet care and dog walking from their own home or the Owner's.  PetCloud is taking the lead in Australia on building transparency and accountability with its customers.  “At PetCloud, we are seeing people building trust and connections everyday with new acquaintances, whether they are human, or furry”, says PetCloud CEO, Deborah Morrison.   “The reason is our belief in the “3 Trust Pillars”: 1.     High Trust the type of Service – They see that it’s a safe and worthwhile concept. 2.     High Trust in the Support Team – confidence the support team will help if something goes wrong 3.     High Trust in the other Party – things like digital verifications of Pet Sitters, to find out if we trust the other person.” “This is vital when it comes to feeling comfortable about leaving a pet that’s a member of the family with someone who you have never met in person before.” “There are hundreds of definitions of trust but most come down to a risk assessment of how likely things are to go well, says RSPCA Qld CEO Mark Townend. “Earning someone’s trust is about keeping our word, delivering to the standard expected, and following through on actions requested.” “We believe that by working with PetCloud, the RSPCA can bring a more transparent, and accountable service to Pet Owners across Australia. It’s a win-win situation for everyone”. End. For interviews or photos contact; Deb Morrison, PetCloud CEO & Founder. P: 0466 898 071 E: deb@petcloud.com.au   Website: www.petcloud.com.au Facebook: www.facebook.com/petcloud Google: google.com/+PetcloudAustralia Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/pet_cloud Instagram: https://instagram.com/petcloud Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/Pet_Cloud/   Managing your pet’s life from your desk is only a tap away 2017-11-07T01:43:29Z managing-your-pet-s-life-from-your-desk-is-only-a-tap-away With Australians working longer hours than ever before, and trying to juggle home life - pets are often the ones that get neglected with annual vaccinations missed, grooming appointments get further apart, and de-sexing is put on the back burner. The Australian Bureau of Statistics says 5 million of Australia's 7.7 million full-time workers put in more than 40 hours per week.  Of them, 1.4 million put in more than 50 hours per week. Around 270,000 put in more than 70 hours per week. According to the RSPCA, there are estimated to be 4.2 million pet dogs in Australia; 19 dogs for every 100 people. Cats are the second most common pet, with 29% of households owning a cat. There are estimated to be 3.3 million pet cats in Australia; 15 cats for every 100 people. So this means that a lot of pets are in need of up to date care. Australian owned and run website PetCloud.com.au is here to help Pet Owners manage their pets life more easily.  With thousands of Pet Care Service Providers across the country, the website even offers Pet Taxi services ready to help you with pick up and drop off whenever you need, and it can even be discreetly booked online while at work.  Australian current drivers licenses are verified for anyone offering Pet Taxi Services through the website.  Pet Owners can come home to a freshly groomed, walked, vaccinated, or de-sexed pooch or pussycat rather than needing to take annual leave. Pet Care Service Professionals set their services and prices. However, as an example, doggy day care is around $20 per day, pet taxi round trip pick up and drop offs to the Vet’s or Groomers are around $30.  Some Pet Sitters are also groomers themselves and grooming prices are around $55. The site went live in April last year and has since been booming. The key to their success, as founder Deborah Morrison says is “Our high standard of safety checks & verifications we maintain. With more women these days running their own business or out travelling, we need to be able to reply on a service that places the safety of women as a priority, as well as advocating the high standards of pet care that the RSPCA promote.” Australian Female Founder Smashing the Glass Ceiling 2017-08-01T05:14:03Z australian-female-entrepreneur-smashing-the-glass-ceiling CEO and founder of PetCloud, Deb Morrison, is smashing the glass ceiling in the start-up sharing economy scene. Ms Morrison has beaten the odds as only 5% of Australian female tech entrepreneurs are funded. PetCloud is an all-Australian company that has just partnered with Greencross Limited, the holding company of Greencross Vets, Petbarn and City Farmers. Greencross Limited is Australasia’s largest integrated consumer facing pet care company with over 300 veterinary clinics, pet specialty retail stores and vet related entities in Australia and New Zealand. This new partnership as well as their existing partnership with RSPCA in most states of Australia, means PetCloud have received investment from and is partnered with the two largest Pet and Vet Organisations in Asia Pacific which is great for PetCloud users. “Our Greencross Partnership means we will be able to reach and service more Australians and their pets with a full pet care experience from care products right through to Vet Services,” said Morrison. With a target market of primarily female Pet Sitters, having a founder who is a woman and understands women’s need for safety and trust it is extremely relevant when building online community. “PetCloud is able to reduce the risk of loss or harm to pets in care and the humans that care for them.” “With our RSPCA Partners, they continue to provide helpful guidance and advice in ways we can educate our community of Pet Service Providers and Pet Owners about responsible pet ownership, welfare standard and code of practice,” Morrison said. PetCloud users can be confident their pet will be safe with our pet accident cover, host insurance, animal cruelty checks, police checks and RSPCA Queensland, Victoria, Darwin, Tasmania and South Australia endorsement. Pet Cloud is free for Pet Sitters and Pet Owners to create a profile.  It is also free for Pet Owners to search for Pet Sitters across the website and in their local area.  Pet Owners then arrange a free ‘Meet & Greet’ with a potential Pet Sitter. PetCloud charges a small surcharge to help cover costs. Some Sitters are making over $1000 per month ***Ends***   Website: www.petcloud.com.au Facebook: www.facebook.com/petcloud Instagram: https://instagram.com/petcloud  Google: google.com/+PetcloudAustralia  Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/pet_cloud Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/Pet_Cloud/ PetCloud StartUp secures two largest Pet and Vet Organisations in Asia Pacific 2017-07-27T12:08:33Z petcloud-startup-secures-two-largest-pet-and-vet-organisations-in-asia-pacific PetCloud is an all Australian company that has just partnered with Greencross Limited, which include Greencross Vets, Pet Barn and City Farmers. Greencross Limited is Australasia’s largest integrated consumer facing pet care company with over 300 veterinary clinics, pet specialty retail stores and vet related entities in Australia and New Zealand. This new partnership means PetCloud has received investment from and is partnered with the two largest Pet and Vet Organisations in Asia Pacific which is great for PetCloud customers. “Our Greencross Partnership means we will be able to reach and service more Australians and their pets with a full pet care experience from care products right through to Vet Services,” said CEO and founder of PetCloud, Deb Morrison. PetCloud is an Australian start up business in the sharing economy, much like AirBnB but for pets, connecting a national network of trusted pet sitters and services with pet owners in an easy, accessible and safe online platform.  Animal Medicines Australia’s 2016 national survey, Pet Ownership in Australia, found Australians pet expenditure has increased by 31% to $12.2 billion last year with the rise of the ‘fur baby’. With there being 24 million pets in Australia and the market for premium products, services and insurance growing PetCloud is meeting the emerging market demand to connect pet owners with services. Unlike our two main competitors who are foreign owned, PetCloud is an all Australian company. PetCloud's high performing team last year were finalists in the Lord Mayor’s Business Awards for Digital Strategy and High Growth Business Start Up. Pet Cloud is free for Pet Sitters and Pet Owners to create a profile.  It is also free for Pet Owners to search for Pet Sitters across the website and in their local area.  Pet Owners then arrange a free ‘Meet & Greet’ with a potential Pet Sitter. PetCloud charges a small surcharge to help cover costs. Ends. For interviews or photos contact; Deb Morrison CEO & Founder P: 0466 898 071 E: deb@petcloud.com.au     Website: www.petcloud.com.au Facebook: www.facebook.com/petcloudwebsite Google: google.com/+PetcloudAustralia Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/pet_cloud Instagram: https://instagram.com/pet_cloud Pintrest: https://www.pinterest.com/Pet_Cloud/   ______________________________________________________________________________     Appendix: What makes PetCloud different? In order to reach and maintain our high animal welfare and human safety standards, we conducted workshops with highly skilled and experienced staff from the RSPCA (Inspectors, Foster Carers, Dog Trainers, and Senior Veterinary Staff) to develop processes, procedures, and information for our Sitters to reduce the risk of loss or harm to pets in care and the humans that care for them. There are many things that set us apart such as: Mandatory Police Background Checks of all Sitters who have access to Pet Owners homes. Animal Cruelty History checks of all RSPCA Qld Accredited Sitters We provide a Property Checklist to support Pet Owners & Sitters in decreasing the risk of escape or harm to pets - which has been developed & approved RSPCA Qld Vets We support our Sitters by offering an online Accredited Pet Sitter Course which covers emergency procedures & animal care standards We also support Sitters & Pet Owners with a knowledge portal filled with Answers to FAQs & contact details for RSPCA Support Services, Animal Emergency Service Network & Vet Chat Video Consultations We remain compliant with each State's Boarding Code of Practice We support local council laws & provide relevant information to Pet Owners & Sitters in relation to caring for Domestic Animals at home and in public areas. We promote responsible pet ownership and understand that pet owners can be time poor - so most of our sitters provide pet taxi services to help take pets to vet & grooming appointments. We pay for liability insurance cover for all bookings. We enable Pet Owners to post ratings and reviews on Sitter listings after a booking so other Owners can read about their experience. We display Pet Sitter badges so Pet Owners can understand what verifications and checks have been done. We save Pet Owners time by offering the ability to post a job and have available sitters apply to them - instead of spending time searching through sitter listings and making enquiries. We're a 100% Australian company, with Australian founders. 20% of all our profits goes back to support the rescue work of our RSPCA Partners   How does PetCloud work? 1. Search (Find Loving Pet Sitters in Your Neighbourhood) Thanks to PetCloud, you can now find verified Pet Sitters in your community to take care of your animal when you can't. A simple search allows you to find a host family that will board your pet, or a Pet Sitter who will come take care of your pet with visits or stays in your house. Just enter your city name or postal code to find trusted Pet Sitters in your neighbourhood. 2. Review (Pet Sitters Profiles and Availability) Find the best fitting pet sitters and check availability directly on their profile page. Beyond making sure your pet is well fed and exercised, some pet sitters offer additional services such as grooming or training – even skype calls! 3. Request a free Meet & Greet with the Pet Sitter Once you've read the pet sitter's profile and everything looks great. Now reach out by clicking "Schedule a Meet & Greet" button. When you meet up, ask the pet sitter questions and explain the unique needs of your furry friend and inspect their backyard. 4. Book and Pay Online When you've found the right Pet Sitter, the next step is to confirm your reservation online. Choose the services you want, the length of stay, and include any special instructions. You can pay with with most credit cards or Paypal using our secure platform. PetCloud then pays the Pet Sitter 24 hours after the last day of Pet Minding and deducts a small surcharge to help cover costs Say I Do to Having Pets At Your Wedding: Local Story from Byron Bay Bride 2017-07-18T01:05:59Z say-i-do-to-having-pets-at-your-wedding-local-story-from-byron-bay-bride Weddings are a very special day with family, love and special moments, so naturally you may wish to have your precious fur baby join you on the day. And it’s not just for celebs, everyday people are involving our pets in wedding celebrations more and more. However it may be difficult to plan your dream day with venues, transport, hotels and everything else that will accommodate your four legged family member. Don’t turn into a bridezilla, just turn to PetCloud’s wedding pet concierge services and they can help your day be as smooth as possible. You will be connected with someone like Amy, a Byron bay dog lover and qualified trainer, who helped a beauty young bride in her hour of need! Beatrice from Surfers Paradise thought she had everything planned until the day before the wedding arrangement with her beloved puppy Bear fell apart. Beatrice who got married at the Fig Tree Restaurant shares her experience with how Amy “saved the day”, “Amy you're absolutely amazing! We wanted our puppy to join in on our wedding day. We were staying in a holiday house in Byron and pets weren't allowed. So we made arrangements for bear to stay somewhere else. However day before our arrangements fell apart. I was slowly turning into bridezilla. I called PetCloud (who sorted everything out with Amy) Amy came and picked up bear. She dropped him off at the wedding venue and picked him up again later that day. She went above and beyond, next time we are in Byron we will definitely be using Amy. Thank you Amy for saving our day!!!” If you are planning your big day and want you your fur baby to be there or simply to make sure they are well cared for while you are partying the night away, contact petcloud.com.au today! To make sure you doggo or precious pet are ready for the day here are some tips: ·         Book your pet concierge and services well in advance to avoid last minute stress your four legged family member and any bridezilla moments. ·         Professional cut and bath as close to the wedding date as possible. Need to find a groomer in your area or at short notice, click here. ·         Assign a pet concierge for your pet throughout the day and enjoy piece of mind they will be well cared for. ·         Dress to impress with a cute tuxedo, bow tie, flower crown or even coordinate their outfit with the bridal party. ·         Safe transportation can be arranged with your pet concierge or perhaps you require a pet taxi service. ·         Your pet concierge will be equipped with a lead, water bowl, large bottle of water, wipes to clean paws and of course treats. ·         Maintain your pet’s routine to keep them happy and relaxed. Normal meal times, adequate walks and regular toilets breaks are a must. ·         Wedding Florals Health & Safety is important. There is a whole variety of flowers that are toxic to dog, cats and other pet, so do your research and find out if your blooms are ‘pet safe’, plus let your florist and ceremony decorator know.   For interviews with our CEO and Founder contact; Deb Morrison P: 0466 898 071 E: deb@petcloud.com.au     Website: www.petcloud.com.au Facebook: www.facebook.com/petcloud Google: google.com/+PetcloudAustralia Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/pet_cloud Instagram: https://instagram.com/petcloud Pintrest: https://www.pinterest.com/Pet_Cloud/   ______________________________________________________________________________     Appendix: How does PetCloud work? 1. Search (Find Loving Pet Sitters in Your Neighbourhood) Thanks to PetCloud, you can now find verified Pet Sitters in your community to take care of your animal when you can't. A simple search allows you to find a host family that will board your pet, or a Pet Sitter who will come take care of your pet with visits or stays in your house. Just enter your city name or postal code to find trusted Pet Sitters in your neighbourhood. 2. Review (Pet Sitters Profiles and Availability) Find the best fitting pet sitters and check availability directly on their profile page. Beyond making sure your pet is well fed and exercised, some pet sitters offer additional services such as grooming or training – even skype calls! 3. Request a free Meet & Greet with the Pet Sitter Once you've read the pet sitter's profile and everything looks great. Now reach out by clicking "Schedule a Meet & Greet" button. When you meet up, ask the pet sitter questions and explain the unique needs of your furry friend and inspect their backyard. 4. Book and Pay Online When you've found the right Pet Sitter, the next step is to confirm your reservation online. Choose the services you want, the length of stay, and include any special instructions. You can pay with with most credit cards or Paypal using our secure platform. PetCloud then pays the Pet Sitter 24 hours after the last day of Pet Minding and deducts a small surcharge to help cover costs     Insta-Famous Pets of Australia 2017-07-07T12:46:40Z insta-famous-pets-of-australia This weekend South-East Queenslanders get the chance to spot one of their favourite ‘Insta-famous’ Pets at the Gold Coast Pet & Animal Expo. With over 30,000 people expected to attend, and plenty of pets, make sure to keep your eyes peeled for the local talent. One of the Gold Coast’s Insta-famous pets Sergeant the Bulldog has over 100,000+ followers on Instagram who love his wrinkles, big smile and barrel belly. Sergeant loves being out paddle boarding and enjoying the Gold Coast. Fella and Tidda, known to their fans as Doxies Down Under, are long-haired dachshunds. The Benowa dogs are owned by Karan White and these furry models have more than 90,000 social media fans.PetCloud will be scouting the expo for furry, feathery or scaly talent of all shapes and sizes.Make sure to bring pet to the PetCloud stall this weekend, July 8th and 9th, and treat your pet like a star with hollywood glam dressup fun, plus great prize draws and giveaways. And you never know they could be the next Insta Famous Pet! Dog Boading VS Dog Sitting 2017-07-05T03:47:08Z dog-boading-vs-dog-sitting You are heading out-of-town for business, holidays, wedding or family reunion and you’ve got your travel plans and accommodation sorted but what to do with your furbaby? How do you choose between dog kennels or dog sitters? You might be thinking - Do they like to socialise with other animals and have playtime or are they too fearful and socially unpredictable? Will they adapt to a new environment or are they better off at home? Will they be alone at night? In a national study of pet ownership, Animal Medicine Australia revealed finding affordable boarding is one of the key difficulties experienced by pet owners. Owner want your pet to be safe, cared for and comfortable while they are away but every four-legged family members is different so we explore how to find the best care your furbaby. Dog Sitter The RSPCA Queensland recommends there are advantages to pet sitting over other pet-care options, particular when the pet is cared for in its own home. “Pets are happier and experience less stress in a home environment,” the RSPCA Queensland explains. “Diet and exercise routines are continued, travel trauma for the pet is minimised and the pet’s exposure to illness is minimised.” Pet sitters is a more attentive form of care as sitter will generally have fewer pets to care and are able to provide one-on-one time with your pet. Your furry family member will also not be left alone in the evenings. Dr Ken Tudor, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, told PetMD.com pet sitting reduces stress to your dog, especially with live-in sitters, as it is as close to the pet’s normal environment as possible. “[Pets] show signs of stress when their owners are away but it tends to be less severe when they are in the familiar surroundings of their own homes,” Dr Tudor said. “In 30 years I have yet to treat stress induced bloody colitis in a pet that has been cared for by a sitter.” With PetCloud.com you can choose a sitter in your local area who is suited to your pets exercise, social and health needs with many have accreditations, checks and even qualifications.PetCloud's CEO and Founder Deb Morrison advises pet sitting can be beneficial for pets."Pet sitting in a home environment is often the perfect choice for small to medium-sized dogs, those who are used to sleeping indoors and prefer lots of one-on-one care and attention", said Deb Morrison. Whether at your place or there’s PetCloud sitters charge from $15 to $50 per pet, per day and will love your furbaby like their own. Dog Boarding The RSPCA recommends to visit the boarding facility site in person to check living conditions and housing areas to assess if you are comfortable with the space provided and general conditions. “Find out what sorts of daily procedures they have in place for providing food and water, exercising, cleaning and observation/care of the animals…and if the facility have contact with a veterinarian in the area in case of any medical problems arising,” the RSPCA advises. Dr Tudor advises stress is the biggest problem with boarding of any sort as pets are uncomfortable outside their normal environment. “Often stress results in vomiting and diarrhoea… fear and timidity may reduce appetites and often pets will loss weigh when boarded,” Dr Tudor said. Dog boarding facilities can lead to increased rise of diseases and distress caused by the volume of pets in the facility with varying levels of care requirements and anxiety level. Many kennels will not have a staff member staying at the facility overnight, meaning pets are left alone. Price range varies as much as the quality of dog boarding facility and pricing for boarding alternatives, like pet hotels with amenities, can quickly become expensive depending on the level of services and add-ons chosen.   Why not treat your pet like a star with a trusted sitter you have hand selected from www.petcloud.com.au? Aussies spending up big on pampered pets 2017-06-30T03:45:06Z aussies-spending-up-big-on-pampered-pets If you are spoiling your pet with more than a few luxuries you are not the only one. Australian pet owners spent $12.2 billion on their fur babies last year.  In a national study of pet ownership, Animal Medicines Australia (AMA) found that nearly two in three Australian households own a pet. While total cat and dog ownership numbers show a small increase average household expenditure on pets increased by 31% per animal. Executive director Ben Stapley told ABC Radio Canberra pet owners are indulging their pets with premium pet services. “A number of the services that people are spending money on didn’t even exist three or four years ago when we last did this survey,” he said. “We found that people are spending their money on premium products and service,” “Things like doggy day spas, for example, rather than just the basic pet grooming.”The increase in pet owners seeking premium pet services has opened the door for companies like PetCloud who connect pet services with pet owners via an accessible online platform. PetCloud puts the power in pet owners hands to choose the service that suits their needs and location while providing piece of mind with all sitters covered by $10million insurance policy and listings displaying reviews, qualification, pet cruelty history checks and verifications. If your furbaby is a pooch you are one average spending almost twice as much on your pet than those who own a cat. The average dog-owning household spend an estimated $1,975 a year on their dogs, including $622 annually on pet food and $397 on veterinary services. And the average cat owning household is spending $1,480 on their furry friends a year. Mr Stapley said the cost increase was associated with people choosing to spend more. “Most pet owners want to provide their pets with the best possible life, and are now spending more across an increasing range of pet supplies and services to keep them healthy and happy,” he said.   Pet safety awareness during Territory Day fireworks display 2017-06-30T03:24:16Z pet-safety-awareness-during-territory-day-fireworks-display The Northern Territory has highest rate of pet ownership in Australia with 82% of households owning a pet and tomorrow’s Territory Day fireworks display could cause distress to many of these animals.  PetCloud is advising all their pet owners and sitters to take particular care tomorrow as many animals are terrified by firework displays which can indirectly pose risks to animal safety by causing them to take flight and try to escape the loud noises. Dogs and horses in particular may be afraid of fireworks and many try to run away, sometimes injuring themselves in the process. The RSPCA receive calls from distressed owners whose dogs have run away. Many of these dogs can end up several kilometres from home. Dogs have been known to jump through plate glass windows to escape loud noises, and easily jump over, or dig their way under fences that would normally contain them. PetCloud are partnered with RSPCA Darwin, and in most Australian states, and we are dedicated to promoting responsible pet ownership. If pet owners are away for the school holidays they can book a pet carer’ online via www.petcloud.com.au who can ensure their pet is as calm and safe as possible during the celebrations. It is recommend you make sure your dog is registered and micro chipped as in the event your pet does escape and is picked up by the council they can be easily identified. Any unregistered dogs that are picked up can be retrieved from your Council Pound. Further preparation advice from the RSPCA can be found at: https://www.petcloud.com.au/blog/%20How-should-I-care-for-my-pets-during-fireworks-displays   Pet Cloud is free for Pet Sitters and Pet Owners to create a profile.  It is also free for Pet Owners to search for Pet Sitters across the website and in their local area.  Pet Owners then arrange a free ‘Meet & Greet’ with a potential Pet Sitter.  A percentage from every booking goes back to the RSPCA to help animals in need and PetCloud charges a small surcharge to help cover costs. For interviews or photos contact; Deb Morrison P: 0466 898 071 E: deb@petcloud.com.au   Website: www.petcloud.com.au Facebook: www.facebook.com/petcloudwebsite Google: google.com/+PetcloudAustralia Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/pet_cloud Instagram: https://instagram.com/pet_cloud Pintrest: https://www.pinterest.com/Pet_Cloud/   ______________________________________________________________________________   Appendix: How does PetCloud work? 1. Search (Find Loving Pet Sitters in Your Neighbourhood) Thanks to PetCloud, you can now find verified Pet Sitters in your community to take care of your animal when you can't. A simple search allows you to find a host family that will board your pet, or a Pet Sitter who will come take care of your pet with visits or stays in your house. Just enter your city name or postal code to find trusted Pet Sitters in your neighbourhood. 2. Review (Pet Sitters Profiles and Availability) Find the best fitting pet sitters and check availability directly on their profile page. Beyond making sure your pet is well fed and exercised, some pet sitters offer additional services such as grooming or training – even skype calls! 3. Request a free Meet & Greet with the Pet Sitter Once you've read the pet sitter's profile and everything looks great. Now reach out by clicking "Schedule a Meet & Greet" button. When you meet up, ask the pet sitter questions and explain the unique needs of your furry friend and inspect their backyard. 4. Book and Pay Online When you've found the right Pet Sitter, the next step is to confirm your reservation online. Choose the services you want, the length of stay, and include any special instructions. You can pay with with most credit cards or Paypal using our secure platform. PetCloud then pays the Pet Sitter 24 hours after the last day of Pet Minding and deducts a small surcharge to help cover costs Turn your passion for pets into profit through the sharing economy 2017-06-09T03:23:15Z turn-your-passion-for-pets-into-profit-through-the-sharing-economy On Saturday and Sunday the 8th & 9th of July, Australia's BIGGEST Pet Expo will be held at the Gold Coast. The team from Australia's favourite national pet care website, PetCloud, will also be there to show attendees how thousands of Australians (old and young) have been earning extra money by cuddling pets from home. There is over 30,000 people expected to attend, & over 150 exhibitors, & live entertainment including including exciting animal shows like DockDogs – the world’s premier canine aquatics competition, flyball, high jumps, reptile and insect encounters, product giveaways and discounts, celebrities, hundreds of animals and much, much more! So come along to the Gold Coast Pet & Animal Expo, & make sure you stay in the know of all the latest pet care tips, news & funny pet videos via PetCloud's facebook page    We look forward to seeing you there! Companies are now including Pet Care Services in their Procurement Plans. 2017-02-05T04:27:16Z companies-are-now-including-pet-care-services-in-their-procurement-plans Companies are now including Pet Care Services in their Procurement Plans. Australia has one of the highest rates of pet ownership in the world, with almost two-thirds of households having at least one pet. We look at how factoring in home-life needs of your workforce can make them happier, more focused, & save you costs by retaining them longer. Procurement planning helps your company to decide what products & services employees most need, when and from what sources. Including Pet Sitting in your Procurement Planning is important because: 1.  With more than 63% of Australian households owning a pet, a large percentage of your employees will own pets too. With Australians working longer hours than ever before, and trying to juggle home life - pets are often the ones that get neglected. Employees are unable to focus, because they are concerned about the pets they consider family, stressed about trying to find a professional and reliable Pet Sitter at the last minute because of a work-related flight they need to take, also knowing their pet’s annual vaccinations are being missed, grooming appointments are get further apart, and de-sexing is put on the back burner. The Australian Bureau of Statistics says 5 million of Australia's 7.7 million full-time workers put in more than 40 hours per week.  Of them, 1.4 million put in more than 50 hours per week. Around 270,000 put in more than 70 hours per week. 2.  Better Coordination and Time Management.   Factoring in pet care bookings allows PA’s, EA’s, and Corporate Travel Management Teams to coordinate staff work-related flights around pet sitting bookings. 3.  It is an opportunity for all stakeholders involved in the processes to meet in order to discuss particular procurement requirements and service standards. We suggest prior to meeting, that an employee-wide survey is sent out asking about pet ownership in your company and determining the standards required of the service provider, given the volume & frequency requirements of your workforce. 4.  It allows Workforce Planners to formally research and award contract to the right company. This is valuable information as it serves to confirm if the quality standards of care can be met and fulfilled within the period expected.  Rather than hundreds of different employees trying to contact and coordinate  different companies with differing quality standards and processes. 5. It can reduce staff training costs as a company. It’s expensive to train new staff and have skilled staff leave due to stress or feeling like their employer doesn't care. Research by Price Waterhouse Coopers (PWC) found that Staff Turnover in the First 12 Months of employment in Australia is costing us $3.8 Billion. Australian owned and operated website PetCloud.com.au is here to help Pet Owners  manage their pets life more easily.  Endorsed by and partnered with widely respected animal welfare organisation RSPCA across most States in Australia, there are thousands of Pet Care Service Providers across the country. The website even offers Pet Taxi services ready to help with pet pick up and drop off whenever employees need. Employees can come home after a work trip to a freshly groomed, happy, fed & watered, walked, cuddled, de-flead, vaccinated, or de-sexed pooch or pussycat rather than needing to take precious annual leave. To discuss your company’s workforce needs, get in touch today: Website: www.petcloud.com.au Facebook: www.facebook.com/petcloud   Google: google.com/+PetcloudAustralia Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/pet_cloud Instagram: https://instagram.com/petcloud   Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/Pet_Cloud/   7 tips to Keep your Dog Cool this Summer 2017-01-12T01:57:55Z 7-tips-to-keep-your-dog-cool-this-summer-1 7 tips to Keep your Dog Cool this Summer by Deb Morrison / Pet Owner Advice /  11 Jan 2017 Getting your 10,000 steps up with your furry personal trainer is fun, but did you know you could be hurting them if you go at the wrong time of day? By understanding how your dog regulate their body temperature and planning ahead - you can avoid potentially fatal situations. How dogs cool off Dogs cool down and regulate their body temperature by sweating and panting  through their nose and paws. As a dog breathes in, air travels through their nasal passage and is cooled before it reaches the lungs. When temperatures become warmer and more humid, dogs have a harder time cooling down. Your dog’s heart and lungs work harder as your dog breathes in and out quicker to reduce their body temperature. Short-snouted (Brachycephalic breeds) dogs, have a harder time cooling down because of their shorter nasal passages. For example, pugs, french bulldogs and even caviliers. Here are a few safety tips when taking your dog out in warm weather: 1. Stay off Hot Pavement and Roads (Bitumen). One major thing that many dog owners overlook when it's sunny out is their dog's feet. Paw pads can be easily burned by hot pavement. Summer heat warms pavements just like a frying pan and if the pavement gets too hot it can burn your dog’s paws. Sand can also get very hot, so use the hand technique to check sandy surfaces too. Press the back of your hand against the asphalt or concrete for 7 seconds to verify if it will be comfortable for your dog to walk on. If it’s too hot for your hand, it’s too hot for your dog’s paws.  Avoid these surfaces during the day or consider putting protective booties or paw wax on your dog’s paws as added protection. 2. Prevent sunburn. Tops of the ears, bridge of the nose, around the eyes and abdomen are all sensitive areas on a dog's skin. These areas have thinner skin and are more exposed. So, if you plan to be out in hot sun for a while, consider purchasing a sun protector or high factor waterproof sunscreen MADE FOR DOGS and whenever possible rest in the shade. Also if you have a thin haired dog and/or white dog you may need to take extra precautions as they tend to get sunburned more easily.3. Groom shedding dogs and clip long-haired dogs. Most dogs shed their coats at the beginning of summer, so daily grooming will help to remove the unwanted hair and will make your dog more comfortable. For long-haired dogs, clipping their coat may also help with keeping them cooler in the summer months. Regularly grooming your dogs fur will also give you extra time to check for ticks and fleas and to check their skin and paws are in good shape. 4. Stay Hydrated. Pack a filled waterbottle for your dog on any outing and make sure your dog's travel water bowl is always filled on stops and is close by.5. Avoid water with blue-green algae. Unfortunately, a growing number of ponds, lakes and rivers have blooms of blue-green algae during warmer months. It's important to always check waterways for unusual algae blooms and be alert to local advisories and warning signs around waterways.  6. Don't leave them in the car. Dogs in Hot Cars Each year, the RSPCA receives hundreds of distress calls about animals (usually dogs) being left in cars in the heat. Never leave your dog unattended in a car. If you see an animal in distress contact the RSPCA's 24/7 Animal Emergency Hotline 1300 ANIMAL (1300 264 625).    7. Never exercise your pet during the heat of the day. Dogs can be affected by heat stroke very quickly in warm and humid weather because the only way dogs releases heat is by panting and sweating through the foot pads and nose. Prevention is key. Avoid vigorous exercise on hot days, keep your dog hydrated and in shade. Sunrise and sunset are the best times to take your dog for a walk in summer. If you notice any of these signs in your dog or someone else's, they may be suffering heat stroke: Vigorous panting Dark red gums Dry gums bloody vomiting or diarrhea lying down and unwilling or can’t get up staggering gait collapse and/or loss of consciousness thick saliva seizures If the dog is suffering heat stroke: move the dog out of the heat cool them off with a shower or tap water or place cool wet rags on their footpads and head. Do NOT use ice cold water - this can actually harm the dog further. offer the dog water but don’t force him/her to drink. call or visit the vet right away. Note: Certain types of dogs are more sensitive to heat especially elderly dogs, overweight dogs and brachycephalic (short-nosed) breeds, like Pugs, Bulldogs, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Boxers and even Staffies. Take extreme precautions with these breeds during summer. By taking a few simple precautions, you will help protect your dog and you will both have a lot more fun in the summer! Search for a Pet Carer on PetCloud who offers House Visits to check on your dog when you can't Hero Image credit: Thanks to RSPCA  Love pets? Become a Mumpreneur with PetCloud 2016-11-15T02:54:06Z love-pets-become-a-mumpreneur-with-petcloud The number of women running businesses in Australia is growing, with "mumpreneurs" being early adopters of new technologies and utilising social media to launch their businesses from home.  In fact, Mums are leading the way in navigating new technology and new business opportunities, as a means to tackle the challenge of balancing economic and family goals. The popularity of Australian sharing economy website PetCloud has risen dramatically mainly due to Mums who are going there in droves to create freedom, flexibility, family time and an income for themselves and their families.  Best of all, it's free to join the site to get started as a Pet Sitter. The team at PetCloud share 5 reasons why becoming a Pet Sitter is the best thing for you and your family: 1- Pet Sitters not only get the companionship of cute pets, but also get to earn money while doing it. Pet Sitters on PetCloud have had no trouble making over $1000 per month being the host family for a pet. 2 - Researchers have found that patting and cuddling a pet is a proven antidote to stress. It has been found that that petting a dog can lower blood pressure, as compared to interacting with another person. 3 - Kids who have been raised around pets grow up to be more empathetic. They also have fewer visits to the doctor and have a high immunity. 4 - A wagging tail, a furry cuddle or a little lick can always help to lift your spirits. Pets can be great company in times of when youre feeling flat, bored, or lonely. Like times when you want company but don't want to talk to anyone. 5 - A PT on a leash, Dogs can act as the perfect personal trainer. They usually require to be walked several times a day and can be a great motivation for you to get out and exercise. At PetCloud, there are various other ways you can make money and have a furry companion. Pet Sitters can earn by doing other activities like walking, grooming, pet taxi, and daycare services. Jolie is one example of a Pet Sitter who loves working with PetCloud.  "I had minded friends' dogs for many years and after my beloved Jett passed away after 18 years, I was still minding dogs to fill the gap.  People used to say to me "you should be charging for this".  I was seriously considering starting a pet sitting business, but just wasn't happy about handing out my personal contact details to strangers...even if they were walking cute dogs!  So, I filed the idea away.  A few days later my hubby pointed out an article in the Sunday paper and said "this is for you", and I discovered PetCloud. That was in April this year and I've never looked back.  PetCloud provide the platform for me to advertise my services on the internet.  Not only do they supply me with a fabulous website, they cover me and the dog owner with RSPCA Insurance. They provide Support, Privacy, Learning courses of choice and much more.  PetCloud basically does all the work matching me with dog owners in my local area who are looking on the internet for a pet sitter.    I'm off to Rainbow Bay for a week over Christmas (all expenses paid) and I look forward to sipping a drink on our waterfront balcony.   All thanks to PetCloud.  I love my job! - Jolie PetCloud provides many pet related services for dogs, cats, birds, guinea pigs etc.  All creatures need someone to look after them when their owners are away.  Perhaps you just want to do dog walking or mind at the owner's house.  Maybe you work all week and just want to mind on weekends.  There are a multitude of options available...and you get paid! I now feel confident about handing out my business cards, which list my services and my contact via the PetCloud website.  I receive a booking request showing a picture and details of the dog looking for a minder.  If I feel I could mind the pooch, it is then that I give the owner my contact details and arrange a  "Meet and Greet".  If for some reason it doesn't work out, I can decline the booking.        I am blessed to have minded the most beautiful dogs...and they keep coming back!  People tend to have more holidays when they know they can leave their beloved pet with a trusted minder.   2 of my regular fur friends are now my weekly day care dogs as well.  I have bookings well into next year.   Not only do I love the dogs, but I have made good friends with the owners who are mostly local, but I would never have met them if it weren't for PetCloud. If you think you've got what it takes and you really are crazy about animals, visit the PetCloud site and have a look around.  It’s an opportunity to help you run your own business, and you can work it as much or as little as you want.  There is serious money to be made!  Pay off that Credit Card or save for a trip...whatever you want.  As for me, I'm off to Rainbow Bay for a week over Christmas all expenses paid and I look forward to sipping a drink on our waterfront balcony.   All thanks to PetCloud.  I love my job!  Join PetCloud and get your home based business off the ground! Earn while you Learn with PetCloud 2016-11-14T21:46:15Z earn-while-you-learn-with-petcloud Excursions, School Formals, School shoes, iPads, tuckshop, school fees, laptops and uniforms – it can all add up and create financial pressure on families.  However, families now have a fun, innovative avenue to make extra money… and it involves pets.  Described as the ‘AirBnb for Pets’ PetCloud is a pet sitting website that Pet Owners across Australia can search for available Pet Sitters to care for their pets either in their own home, or theirs when Pet Owners are unable to. Every booking is covered by insurance and every house sitter is police background checked. PetCloud also offers the only online RSPCA Accredited Pet Sitter Training for those new to Pet Sitting.  PetCloud is 100% Australian owned and the only pet sitting website to be RSPCA endorsed across most States in Australia.    An example of Pet Sitter Jobs that Pet Owners post on PetCloud 10 LIFE LESSONS THAT MINDING PETS CAN TEACH KIDS & TEENS   1 Responsibility: Pets require daily feeding, exercise, and affection, not to mention grooming and potty time (and clean-up). Older children can learn how to care for another living creature and even younger children can help with feeding and playtime. 2 Trust: It’s easy to spill your heart out to your pet, who will offer you unconditional support in return. Pets make wonderful trusted companions for children and can be a first step to helping your child build trust in other relationships, too. 3 Compassion: Caring for a pet requires compassion, understanding, and empathy. Kids learn to be kind and to take care of others’ basic needs. 4 Money Management: The money families can earn from Pet Sitting can $1000+ per month and can help towards School Formals, Class trips, new School Shoes, iPads, tuckshop, school fees, Uniforms and even late teens first car. 5 Respect: Minding a pet teaches children how to respect others. They must touch them gently, tend to their needs, and learn not to disturb them when they’re eating or sleeping.  Jobs range from Washing Dogs, Dog Walking, and General Pet Care while Pets stay at your home. 6 Self-Esteem: Pets show unconditional love, which can be a great boost to a child’s self-esteem. So, too, can the satisfaction that comes from having responsibility and caring for a pet’s needs. 7 Loyalty: A pet’s loyalty toward its carer is often unmatched. In turn, children learn the importance of showing loyalty to their devoted furry friend.  8 Physical Activity: Children who own a dog learn how fun physical activity can be while they play tug-of-war, fetch, or go for walks with their pet. Research shows, in fact, that children in dog-owning families spend more time being physically active than children without dogs which also boosts endorphins and is a stress reliever – great for students with exam pressure. 9 Patience: Your child will learn patience while the pet becomes comfortable in your home and also during training as your child begins to understand how dogs interpret humans.  10 Social Skills: Dogs can be an amazing social “ice breaker.” Taking your dog for walks as a family can improve your child’s social skills as you interact with others. Pets may also help children with autism to develop social skills such as sharing.      How it Works for Pet Sitters  1 Join Free. Complete for your free profile, then create a Listing (much like a real estate online listing). Add a description & pictures of your home and backyard. Add your services, prices, verifications and link your Paypal Account. 2 Respond to Pet Owner Inquiries and Job Posts on PetCloud. Pet Owners will check your calendar and photo gallery and will contact you via PetCloud. Respond quickly to Meet & Greet requests and Bookings. 3 Meet & Greet. Get ready for Meet & Greets by tidying your home & backyard, and securing your fence. Invite the Pet Owner to bring their Pet over to visit your home. Alternatively meet at a neutral location such as a dog park. 4 Feed & Exercise Pets. Care for the Owners pets at the agreed location for the duration of the stay. Send daily picture updates to the Pet Owner. 5 Get Paid Online. 24 hours after the last day of minding, you will be paid into your linked Paypal account. 19% is deducted from the transaction to help pay for insurance, further development of the website, Customer Support, Marketing, and 20% of all profits from bookings goes back to support the rescue work of our RSPCA Partners.  How it Works for Pet Owners  1 Join Free. Pet Owners join for free and create a profile for them and their pets.  2 Search or Post a Job. Then they search for Pet Sitters in their local area, or post a job on the jobs board.  3 Book & Meet. 3 Book & Meet. 3 Book & Meet. 3 Book & Meet. Once they find a Sitter they’re interested in, they then pay for the booking to PetCloud and arrange a Meet & Greet.  If it goes well, then it’s a match. 4 Drop Off & Pick Up. 4 Drop Off & Pick Up. 4 Drop Off & Pick Up. 4 Drop Off & Pick Up. They drop off their pet at the start of the stay at the Pet Sitters home and pick them up at the end of the stay. PetCloud pays the Pet Sitter 24 hours after the last day of minding at the end of the stay.  Extra Notes for Teachers and Parents: Parents with internet can access the PetCloud website from anywhere on any device and can create a Listing within minutes.    Parents must coordinate all bookings and be present at all Meet & Greets.    Pet care must be supervised by an Adult at all times  An Adult must be available with a car for any Pet Emergencies   Parents are in control of bookings at all times and are under no obligation to accept any pet that will not suit their family or schedule.  Internet Safety needs to be kept front of mind for all parents.  Schools wanting to get on board are able to circulate the advertising tile below in their next newsletter to families.