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How to House-Sit in a Vegan Home as a Non-Vegan
House-sitting for vegans really shouldn’t be any different than house-sitting for non-vegans. It starts with you, as a house-sitter, always having the utmost respect for the people who are entrusting you to stay in their home and care for their animals.
There are, however, a few things to keep in mind, and these are points that should be covered via correspondence in the very beginning. As with any house-sit, discuss expectations ahead of time and accept the house-sit job based on all the information presented. Be especially thorough in your conversations if it involves home-owners who may have a drastically different lifestyle than your own, like veganism.
Ask: Can you bring in outside, non-vegan food?
Just like any other individual, vegans do not all have the same viewpoints on every single issue.
While, yes, we are all the same in the sense that we do not consume or use animals, some may
allow others to bring animal products into their home. The only way to know for sure is through
communication. Ask in advance (before accepting the job) if you are allowed to bring in your
own food that is not vegan. If the answer is no and you still accept the job, please be respectful
and do not bring animal products into the home since you accepted the job knowing this
Ask: If you can bring in non-vegan food, what about preparing it?
If you are allowed to bring in non-vegan food items, I would ask about kitchenware. I like the
idea of knowing that my pots and pans have never had meat cooked in them. It may seem silly
to those who are not vegan, but this is just a small peace of mind for myself, to ensure that
nothing entering my home caused harm to animals. My home is the one place I know I have full
control and it is my safe haven. Definitely ask about all kitchenware or if you’re expected to
provide your own or only use designated items.
Do: Treat their Animals as if they are the most precious thing on the planet.
To most vegans, their animals may be the most important thing in the world to them. While they
may love to travel or have no choice but to be away from home, it can cause a great deal of
anxiety to not know if their babies are in the best hands possible.
In my opinion, there is no such thing as receiving too many photos or videos of my dog, and
Nomador now has an app that is an easy messaging system to allow for instant sharing of all
updates. Perhaps you’re worried about bombarding them though so before accepting the sit or
during the interview, ask how and how often they would like you to update them on their pet(s)
status. Does a photo a day keep the anxiety at bay? Or, do they just wish to know if something
is out of the ordinary?
Also, shower them the pets with love! Their humans, who are their whole world, have just up
and vanished and they don’t understand when they’re coming back. So, give them all the
attention they deserve.
Something else to keep in mind is that many vegans tend to rescue animals. This means
perhaps they have special medical conditions, behavioral issues, or dietary concerns. Make
sure to obtain clear and detailed information and any idiosyncrasies for each animal in the
Ashley Hubbard is a vegan travel writer and photographer. A native Nashvillian, she also travels the world showcasing the best responsible methods of travel on her blog, Wild-Hearted. When she is not traveling or writing, Ashley can be found hiking, exploring the corners of Nashville, spending time with her dog, or buying yet another houseplant.