Hi, my name is Matina! I am currently studying Medicine in Rotterdam. I am very open and friendly and severley miss my own pets back home in Zambia. *Ik spreek ook Nederlands!* (English is my mother tongue and my Dutch is not 100% perfect). I share my apartment with roommates and we are allowed pets though don't have any of our own, but I would love to either house sit, house visit or even just do some dog walking. I was a volunteer for an animal organisation in South Africa (where I did my high school career) called SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) and looked after several of their shelter animals as part of my volunteering. One of the pictures I uploaded here (the one with the two puppies) are two puppies that I worked with at the shelter, and helped to get adopted into family homes as pets.
I have loved animals since I was very young and have two mixed shelter dogs at home as well as one cat. I have grown up around animals all my life and have really missed all animal contact since I moved to the Netherlands to complete my studies. My reasoning for becoming a sitter/walker on Pawshake is that I would like to interact with animals again and would love to play with your pets.
I have recently moved into an apartment around the beautiful Noordplein and nearby there is a perfect canal to go walking along with lots of trees and other dogs about.
I am currently busy with my Master Geneeskunde and as such spend weeks at a time working in hospitals around the Netherlands. I try keep my calendar as up to date as possible on when I will be available etc. However while working in the hospitals I generally keep my schedules blocked out as I can not guarantee quality care for your pets. Considering this there will be times i will be unable to accept requests due to time/distance constraints, I apologize in advance for this!
I am happy to look after a variety of animals.
I typically pass by in the mornings and/or evenings, depending on how many visits you request. A home visit will normally be a half-hour, but I aim to fulfill all needs in that time (cleaning litter, giving food etc.) and I am open to helping out in other ways (watering plants etc.). I do also tend to spend extra time just cuddling/playing with your pet if they enjoy that as well! When we meet up to get to know each-other then I am always happy to answer more questions.
Aside from juggling my studies I won't have much else to deal with so I will be able and willing to stay at your apartment to give your pets extra love and attention. I will need to ensure that your apartment is not too far away from EMC, and as such will sometimes have to decline requests. I also have a green thumb, so I can keep your plants alive as well during your vacation away!
Overall, I wish you an amazing day and hope to meet both you and your pets one day!
Matina petsitted my cats for three weeks, good communication and kept me up to date. Cats loved her and would definitely recommend her!
While I was on vacation, Matina took great care of my senior cat Pompom, who needs medicine twice a day and on some days decides that she is done with her meds. Luckily this is no challenge for Matina and she was still able to persuade Pompom to take them. I absolutely trust her as my catsitter and full heartedly recommend her!
I volunteered at an animal shelter in South Africa where I helped look after their animals
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