Small Animal Care

Care for all

You want to be off on holiday, guilt free, knowing that your pet is loved and cared for. 

You’ve booked some time off. Finally!! Getting some good R&R – but your little one, be that a lizard, snake, rabbit, mouse, tortoise or even a hedgehog has to be looked after. You have a couple of options, such as kennels, but taking them out of their own environment is going to be stressful for them and a lot of hard work for you. 

Why not consider someone coming into your home, instead. Book in some time with Rove for us to come and visit your little one, meaning that you have the added comfort of knowing that someone is caring for your pet and keeping a careful eye on your home. Your post isn’t gathering up, and there’s some activity there.

ROVE to the rescue!

That’s where Rove can help! Being a pet care professional, it is our mission to make your pets (and you!) as comfortable as we can, so you can relax and enjoy your time away, with no need to worry, about your home or your pets. You know that that everything is being looked after and that you’ll know very swiftly if something is wrong. 

We all know the prepping stage before going on holiday is busy. We know that you need someone you can trust to keep an eye on your house, and someone who can provide care for your pet to as close a standard as possible – whilst not increasing your workload when you’re home again.

Because let’s face it, you’re going to have so much washing to do, that you don’t need to haul your pet, their food, toys, blankets or whatever else back into the house, set up the terrarium or have to deal with a mess that pet sitter has made.  Care, discern and attention to detail is why Rove your only choice for small animal care!

Looking after your house and pets

We feed, water, change any bedding necessary and spoil them with a few treats too! We can provide cuddles and love, not to mention groom or whatever is necessary. We’ll collect post and store it safely, check on whatever in the house needs to be checked on, take out your bins if necessary and water plants.

We won’t even add to your rubbish with bedding changes or any rubbish created whilst we’re there. Your home will be exactly how it was left, with happy pets, and an easy return to regular life.

Service price

Small animal visits start at £10.

How it works

If you want to go ahead, first, we must have a chat! I need to know what your pets need and how I can help! Book in a free meet & greet to discuss this, we can check availability for your intended dates of travel.

We take a deposit of two days, or 10% (depending on the total value of the care period) to secure your spot. The balance of which must be cleared 7 days before the start of the appointment, along with provision of a key or confirmation of alternative access, this will be returned to you after you arrive back home.

Bear in mind that we only have a limited number of spots, and they go very quickly for peak periods (such as school holidays!) so book in in advance!



My husband and I used Rove to look after our Rabbits whilst we were away, the bunnies were happy and well fed when we came home, hutches were clean and they’d even brushed their long fur – we hadn’t even asked for it! Very pleased with Rove.

– Sandra


Why won’t you post my key back on the last appointment?

This is a safety thing, it’s not just us being awkward. The idea is that just in case there is an issue with you getting home (Think Thomas Cook going under and thousands of people being stranded…, cancelled flights, volcanic ash etc) and you get stranded in whichever lovely holiday destination you’re in – the last thing you need is for me to have dropped your key back and for us to be in an awkward situation where there’s no one there for your pet.

There’s no need for your pet to be stranded too! So we make sure you’re home, safe and sound before your key is returned.

If I have forgotten to leave adequate food/bedding or another item - is it ok for you to pick that up?

Yes! It’s very easily done to forget something when you’re going on holiday or otherwise going out of town. It does cost a small fee, but I’m always happy to help and would not see your pet stuck.

If I give you side access for my garden pet (such as a bunny or a tortoise), is that ok, or do you need a key?

Absolutely fine! So long as I can get access to your pets food and other things, I’m happy to do it this way, though naturally this means that any tasks in the house (such as post management, or house plant watering) will be neglected.

Will you water my indoor/outdoor plants?

Yes, and it’s free! Well, free provided you don’t keep an industrial greenhouse or extensive gardens…

Will you buy live food if I can’t be there?

Of course! Just let me know what they have normally and where it’s purchased from, and for a small fee on top of the price of the items, it can easily be taken care of!

Will you care for reptiles?

Of course! I’m happy to even buy fresh food if you leave me the budget for it should they need live feeding.

Is there any animal you won’t care for?

Hah! Yes… just one. I can’t cope with spiders. I’m sorry!! I know some people adore them, but I just can’t do it. I would almost certainly be having nightmares the whole time – if I managed to sleep at all! I’m sorry, I’m only human.

What about in freak weather if my pet lives outdoors?

If you go away and there is a storm, or snow, or even intense sun – I will do my utmost to make provisions for it. I will discuss it with you before moving your pet, but if I cannot get in touch with you, I may make a decision and bring your pet into my home or similar if absolutely necessary.

Small animal care service in Essex covering: Basildon, Billericay, Noak Bridge, Pitsea, Laindon & Langdon Hills

Ready to Book?

With all of the above, feeding, cuddles, water, bedding changes and everything else, your pet will be as comfortable as they can be without you there to look after them. We aim to keep your routine as similar as possible for them!

For simplicity, peace of mind, and happy pets, it’s Rove that can help you best. Relax on your down time or focus on whatever it is you need to whilst you’re out of towm, and come home to happy animals and a safe home.

So stop dallying and email Rove, call or text, whichever way you prefer, get in touch! Let’s book in your free meet and greet and let’s see how we can help!

ROVE Services

Dog Walking

This is our most frequent service! We take out up to four dogs per walker. We pick them up from your home, and take our fun little group off to one of the local country parks, bridleways or other fun locations.

Your dog will get to run, play, sniff and explore and make lots and lots of new friends.

Puppy Visits

You’ve just gotten a new puppy! Congratulations! I hope that the little one is fitting in nicely at home. Perhaps you need a little extra help to raise those four adorable little paws? Rove can help break up their time at home with puppy visit service.

We can come in, cuddle, play, feed and let them out for a little tinkle.

Cat Feeding

Holidays are so tough when you have to leave a member of your family at home, or even if you’re out for the night and won’t be home until late. As a fantastic alternative to a cattery, Rove are here to help.

Visits can be tailored exactly to what you need, giving you security and peace of mind, not only about your cat but about your home.

Small Animal Visits

Lizard, Hedgehogs, ducks or chickens! It really doesn’t matter how big or small your pet is, Rove are capable to look after your pet whilst you’re away, leaving them in the comfort of their own surroundings and keeping things as normal as possible.

Rove are here to make your life (and your pets!) as easy as possible!

Equestrian Care

Horses need a very particular sort of care, if you’re not there, you can rely on Rove to help! Not everyone is horse confident, let alone knowledgeable and capable.

Would you trust anyone to look out for colic or lameness? We muck out, we groom, we keep your horse as comfortable as possible whilst you’re out of town.

Wedding Chaperoning

Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! You’ve sorted the guest list, tables, venue and all of that, but there is something missing… your pet.

The quandary becomes how you involve them and still get to do your whole day as planned… a professional wedding chaperone is your way forward.