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About Us

Here at The Friendly Petsitters, we offer you the peace of mind that your pets are receiving top quality care, in the comfort of their own home, whilst you are away. We understand the importance of pets in our lives and it is our utmost priority to have reliable petsitters to ensure they are comfortable, fed and enriched with care and games whilst you are away. We also understand pets are part of the family and we often think about them whilst we are away.

The Friendly Petsitters offer daily service reports letting you know how your pets are and what they have been up to whilst you are away. We have a growing group of staff who are dedicated to your pet’s care and open up more availability for your required bookings. We also understand that pets get comfortable with certain sitters and we do our best to keep you with the same sitter who knows your pets best! We have included GST to our prices so there are no hidden costs!


Our History

The Friendly Petsitters originally was named Canberra’s Friendly Petsitter which was founded in June 2014 by Kristen Holzapfel, who ran the business as a Sole Trader before employing staff to assist with the large volume of jobs being requested. Kristen later renamed Canberra’s Friendly Petsitter to The Friendly Petsitters.

After completing her book, Kristen passed over ownership to Stephanie 

and Dominic in late January - Early February 2020. 

Steph & Dom took care and maintained the business for 3 years before handing over ownership to Violet Eason early February 2023, so they could follow their new pathways post graduation.

Violet is an indigenous business owner with large ambitions and hopes to see out the future of The Friendly Petsitters with plans to expand the business around Australia.

The Friendly Petsitters' Values

Our Values are important to us, and you will see them supported through our Staff at every sit they attend;

TFP supports Diversity in our staff and our Clients. 

Have a Passion for looking after pets. 

The staff are eager to Learn new ways to better our care for your pets. 

We are Accountable for our actions. 

We pride ourselves on our Communication skills throughout our team and to our Clients. 

We have Empathy for you and your pets. We get it that leaving your pets behind isn’t always the easiest!

We like to support the Communities around us.

TFP support Innovative ideas from our staff and encourage everyone to submit ideas to continue improving the experience received from The Friendly Petsitters.

We take on every job with Professionalism, and ensure the best quality care is provided to every Client.


The Friendly Petsitters would like to acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.



Website Contributions

The Friendly Petsitters would like to pay tribute to the people who helped make this new website a reality. We are forever grateful for their services and recommend them to anyone looking for similar services to be completed.

Art by loukomadies


“Hi hello! My name is Lou, and I’m a graphic designer and illustrator.

I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Animation as well as a Bachelor's Degree in Design (Visual Communications). I have a black cat named Winston who loves his Temptations, and an obsession with pastel colours.

Find me on Instagram at @loukomadies!”

Website Design by Sophie Serenity


“Hey, I'm Sophie! I have been passionate about design and website creation since 2013, and I now have a Diploma in Digital Media and Marketing. I absolutely adore animals and currently own bunnies, horses, cats and a dog. I love listening to music and reading novels to relax!

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