Melissa S.

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Online Training
Administering medication

Former carer of tigers, penguins, giraffes... and cats and dogs!

3 repeat guests
13 reviews
Response rate: 96%
Last seen 9 months ago
About Melissa
Yes, I can totally back my profile title up! I was once a zookeeper for a day (it was a birthday gift), so I can also add in giraffe enclosure cleaner, penguin patter (except for the more aggressive ones!) and Sumatran tiger feeder to my animal caring resume :)

I've lived with and loved animals all my life. I grew up in what my friends called an 'urban menagerie' - we had cats, dogs, galahs, cockatoos, Indian ring-neck parrots, princess parrots, cockatiels, finches, lovebirds, budgies, tropical fish, and at one time, rabbits and a turtle! So, from a young age I knew about how to be responsible for animals - and to be keenly aware of their behaviour and how to respond; to feed them and tend to them regularly and of course - give them the unconditional love they give us (except for a few fickle grumpy cats, although I loved them unconditionally anyway!). In fact, I think this is why many of my clients call me the animal whisperer!

In me as a carer for your pet/s, you'll have someone who'll take care of your animals and give them as much love as you would, so being without their masters (or slaves?!) will be an easy and comfortable time for them. I've cared for a diabetic cat for several years, so am proficient at giving injections quickly and painlessly. I'll also treat your home as my home - in that I'll take pride in keeping it clean and tidy while you're away if I'm staying there for a long period.

I have an online business so all I need is my laptop and WiFi, which means I'll be able to spend a lot of time with your pets, give them lots of cuddles and take them on walks etc. during stays.

Please get in touch if you think I'd be perfect to care for your fur-babies!


PS: Please note that house visits and dog walking as a standalone service are only available for those living in Port Melbourne.

PPS: Check out my 5-star reviews by Mad Paws clients! Here are some additional testimonials (from another site):

FIVE STARS. An ideal sitter. Would recommend without hesitation.
My partner and I travelled to Europe for a month, leaving behind our beloved cat Moids. Melissa sent us photographs and updates of what Moids was getting up to in our absence: sleeping in the sun, lying on her lap and playing with toys. At all times I felt that our cat and house was being cared for with an experienced and reliable sitter.

We arrived home from our trip to an exceptionally clean house (with a bowl of fresh flowers!!) and a happy cat that I believe is still waiting for Melissa to come back..!

Liane R | 21 June 2017

Melissa is an excellent pet carer and house sitter. She took care of our 13mth old boxer.
Always kept us updated and informed of any issues and handled a few tricky situations with confidence. We have no hesitation in recommending Melissa.

Karen and Michael Pratt, Melbourne | 04 March 2018

Character Reference
I've known Melissa Smith for the past 6 years. We met as students together, I was drawn to her kind, caring way. Melissa was one of the top achievers on the course which put her in a position from which she was able to demonstrate how she always put the feeling of other people first. Whenever it was needed the clarification of a topic, to those who might not have grasped the subject, she was always able to do so, without in any way making anyone feel of any less intelligence or belittled. Since graduating Melissa and I have kept in close contact on a professional and friendship basis, we are accountable to each other with regard to moving our businesses forward. I have total admiration for the pure work ethic and dedication Melissa puts into her business. Having had the opportunity to see Melissa with her cats, I can see that her caring personality goes way beyond supporting other people and may have originally stemmed from her love of pets. Her two cats have always been at the centre of her attention, with their welfare a priority in her life. I would not have any hesitation in putting Melissa in any position of trust, she is truly a person of her word and would always make mature responsible decisions, with the other person's feelings or commitments at forefront of her mind.

Clelia G | 09 August 2016
Owns pets
Pets Accepted
Small Dog
Medium Dog
Large Dog
Giant Dog
Rabbit /
Guinea Pig
Melissa's Home
Type: House
Medium backyard
Fenced backyard
Pets sleep indoors
Pets sleep outdoors
Cancellation: Moderate
A full refund will be offered to Pet Owners if they cancel up until 7 days before the booking at 12 noon. After which Pet Owners will be charged 50% of the total booking value.
Accepts last-minute bookings
Accepts long-term bookings
Reviews & Testimonials
13 reviews
Dhwani P.
Pet Sitting - Feb 3, 2020
Thank you Melissa for being a star. Your regular daily updates, photos and your attention to detail is par excellence. I could not have asked for a better cat mum to Jeanie. Throughout my trip I felt relaxed knowing she was in the most capable hands.
Dhwani P.
Pet Sitting - Jul 23, 2019
Melissa is an absolute star. Thank you so much for taking such good care of jeanie. It’s a pleasure to have you look after her.
Dhwani P.
Pet Sitting - May 6, 2019
Melissa was absolutely fantastic with Jeanie. She gave me lots of photo updates at regular intervals and made sure I knew how Jeanie was doing. I would highly recommend Melissa and book her in a flash for Jeanie next time.
Sarah J.
Pet Sitting - Jan 3, 2019
We returned to healthy happy looking cats and a tidy house. We were pleased with Melissa keeping us up to date whilst we were away. Thank you!
Service & Rates
Overnight Pet Services
Pet Hosting
At Sitter's Home
not offered
Pet Sitting
At Pet's Home
$ 56 / night
Daytime Pet Services
Pet Day Care
$ 81 / day
House Visiting
$ 43 / visit
Dog Walking
$ 36 / walk
Dog Grooming
not offered
Dog Training
not offered
Pick Up - Drop Off
not offered