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Legal Woes for NYC Pet Sitters

How is one New York City regulation affecting NYC pet sitters, including those affiliated with pet-sitting and dog-walking app Rover?

Jackie Brown  |  Feb 9th 2018

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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