Londoners call us looking for the best animal-care they can possibly find for their cats, from someone they can get to know, trust completely, and feel really comfortable lending their home to. Like all Hosts, you’ll want someone who’s friendly, capable, and completely reliable; and who genuinely, truly cares about animals and their happiness, and will want to look after yours as well as they possibly can. In these respects, you’re probably looking for someone who’s a lot like you!
When we search for a new Guardian, we’re looking for an individual who’s all of the above and more. Our admission process takes several weeks, and we are rigorously selective. We interview each Guardian applicant in depth, but also verify their experience with evidence or people from their past. We get to know them personally, and over a long time if they’re admitted.
Many Guardians grew up with cats and other animals around them; and many work from home, so can spend most of their time with yours. The main difference between Hosts and Guardians is circumstantial: Guardians don’t currently have any animals of their own; and they have particular reasons why they’re happy to move to their Hosts’ houses every so often.
Most of our Guardians are professionals with flexible schedules, who like to live in a quiet home across town with cats from time to time, either to focus on work, or to relax. They tell us about things like having a member of their own household who’s allergic to animals; finding that a change of scene helps them as a writer; and wanting to help other “animal people” because they know how they feel, and want to save their cats from going to a cattery.
Many Guardians also value and enjoy:
quiet living space in which to work more effectively;
letting their own home to save for a career move or future study;
living close to a particular institution, library, office, or project for a while (e.g. structural engineers, actors, doctors on rotation);
exploring new areas of the city from time to time!
Flint & Basalt, Camden
Flint & Basalt, Camden
Our aim is to offer you a thoughtful choice of Guardians, whom you will think are just right for your cats. When you call, we'll listen very carefully about your cats’ characters, needs, habits, and idiosyncrasies. We try to suggest Guardians whose professional schedules are similar to yours, who'll be at home for your cats just as much as you are, or more. We'll arrange for each Guardian to come and meet you and your cats, in turn, so you can get to know each other and decide if you’re a good match.
When we suggest a Guardian to you, we consider the long-term, including your general pattern of travel throughout the seasons. It's great for everyone, including your cats, when you can book the same Guardian each time, because everyone already knows each other and is familiar with everything.