Need Holiday Dog Walking, Cat Visits or Pet Sitting?

At Green Paws Chicago, we walk dogs, care for cats and do overnight in-home sitting every day of the year, including holidays! Over the major holidays our memberships work a little differently and we do charge a little extra for holiday services, so please read on to understand how things work.

These are the holidays that we observe:

New Years Day

Memorial Day

Independence Day

Labor Day

Thanksgiving Day

Christmas Day

Holiday Overnight Sitting

We all enjoy traveling over the holidays — and for that reason we are often sold out weeks or months in advance of holiday weekends. Please make your holiday overnight reservations as far in advance as you can. Members can reserve overnights any time and CareOnCall clients can reserve up to 30 days in advance. If you have to cancel your trip, please let us know as soon as possible, as holiday overnights must be cancelled 2 weeks in advance to avoid being charged.

For overnight care on holidays or holiday weekends, there is a $20.00/night additional charge. If the holiday creates a 3-day or 4-day weekend (such as Memorial Day weekend or Thanksgiving weekend), the charge applies for each night of the holiday weekend.

Holiday Dog Walking for Members

We are happy to provide care for your furry friends on holidays! While walks on the major holidays listed above are not included in your membership — the charge for those days is already subtracted from the monthly cost of your membership!  You just have to ask and we will add a holiday walk to your schedule.

We will send you an e-mail a few weeks in advance of each holiday to remind you. If we don’t hear back from you or if you don’t specifically reserve a holiday walk, any walk on your regular schedule that falls on a holiday will be cancelled. For example, if your membership includes Thursdays we will not come on Thanksgiving Day unless you let us know that we are still needed.

Members get a 10% discount on added walks, including walks on holidays. For example a standard 25-minute walk on a holiday is normally $28.00, but with your member discount you will only pay $25.20.

Holiday Dog Walking and Cat Visits for CareOnCall Clients

Even if you’re not a member, we’re available to walk your dog or sit for your cat on holidays. We do have a limited number of holiday appointments, so make sure you reserve your spot in advance.

There is a $10.00 per visit additional charge for walks and visits on holidays.

Peak Demand Periods

In addition to the above official holidays, the following are Peak Demand periods for in-home pet care in Chicago. We are often up to 600% (6X) oversubscribed for in-home sittings and Care On Call cat visits and dog walks during these periods of peak demand.

We receive reservations for Thanksgiving and the mid-December through mid-January period beginning in February each year. It is critical that you get us your booking request for Peak Demand periods as soon as possible. Once your request has been confirmed by the office and paid in advance, it will be non-refundable as our Pet Care Specialists will be turning away other work based upon your reservation.

Why is there a Peak Demand surcharge? Because we must incentivize the Pet Care Specialists to commit their own personal time to service our clients during these Peak Demand periods (which are equally highly valued by our staff), we do add a surcharge. This enables us to accommodate a higher number of customer requests than would otherwise be possible at our everyday rates.

Peak Demand Periods:

  • Valentine’s Day & Weekend
  • Mardi Gras Day & Weekend
  • St. Patrick’s Day & Weekend
  • Easter Weekend (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
  • Cinco de Mayo Day & Weekend
  • Lollapalooza Weekend (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
  • Riot Fest Weekend (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
  • Halloween Day & Weekend

Peak Demand Surcharges & Rates

  • Peak Demand Care On Call surcharge for Cat Visits & Dog Walks: $10.00
    (does not apply to regularly scheduled membership visits)
  • Peak Demand In-Home Sitting rate for Care On Call clients: $100.00
  • Peak Demand In-Home Sitting rate for Membership clients: $90.00