Legal Woes for NYC Pet Sitters

A man sitting on a kitchen counter with a dog in a city apartment.
A man sitting on a kitchen counter with a dog in a city apartment. Photography ©InnerVisionPRO | Thinkstock.

Rover, an app that connects pet owners with pet-sitters and dog-walkers, is fighting a New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene regulation that bans pet sitting in a residence. Anyone caring for a pet outside of the home must have a license to board animals, but such licenses are not issued to people who pet sit in their own homes. The rule does not affect pet sitters who go to the owner’s home to care for the pet, but some pet sitters who bring pets into their own homes have received violations.

Jackie Brown is a freelance writer from Southern California who specializes in the pet industry. Reach her at

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1 thought on “Legal Woes for NYC Pet Sitters”

  1. It’s a shame that regulation exists. One thing is to forbid over a certain number of pets in an apartment, but another to disallow it altogether. Why is it any different if they’re pet sitting two dogs than if they simply live with two dogs?

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