If you do, there is good news, at least some. I am a pet owner as well, so I know that comes with its own ups and downs!
The good news – 96% of our available Au Pairs say they are willing to place with a Host Family with pets!
Here are some things a Host Family who has pets should keep in mind:
The telephone interview is an important part of your Au Pair selection process and is required before a match can be finalized. If your family has pets, it is important to give the Au Pairs you are interested in specific information about your pets so they can let you know if they would be comfortable matching with your family. Some information that you may want to include would be:
If you have dogs, tell the Au Pair the size and the breed of your dogs. Some Au Pairs may be comfortable with small dogs, but not with large dogs or specific breeds.
If you have cats, the Au Pair may want to know if they will be indoors or outdoors, or if the cats are not allowed in certain areas of the home.
Some Au Pairs may not be comfortable placing with host families that have exotic pets, such as spiders, reptiles or birds.
Remember, it is your responsibility to interview and ultimately select the Au Pair that will be the best fit for your family, as not all Au Pairs are willing to be placed with all pets.
For more information about Go Au Pair and a cultural child care experience for your family, visit www.goaupair.com or contact LAR Joan Lowell in the Providence, RI and surrounding areas at firstname.lastname@example.org or 401.309.1925.