Are Freelance Pet Groomers Too Good To Be True?
Over the past few years we’ve been hearing more and more about freelance pet groomers. These are individuals who do not work for any grooming shop or mobile grooming company. Instead, they work for themselves, often out of their own homes. These individuals advertise that they are willing to come to your home or care for your pets outside of normal business hours. They sometimes offer services for free or for a deep discount in an effort to build their portfolio.
If it sounds too good to be true then it probably is.
Sometimes these individuals have no experience and think that grooming pets will be an easy or fun way to earn some extra cash. Other times they are experienced groomers that work from home out of necessity, usually after having a child. Unfortunately, many times freelance groomers are individuals that have lost their grooming job due to negligence or abuse.
Grooming shops and professional mobile grooming businesses must follow strict guidelines regarding the treatment of animals. The law requires grooming facilities to remain clean and in good repair. Professional groomers and other employees must always provide proper care to animals. Animal enclosures must be structurally sound, provide adequate space, be water-proof and protect pets from injury. Failure to follow these laws results in fines and possible closure of the business. When people groom out of their home, they are typically doing so without a license. That means that there is absolutely no way for these laws to be enforced.
Serious accidents and deaths that occur in grooming salons are almost always caused by negligence. Animals left unattended can easily fall. Inexperienced and inattentive groomers can cause life-threatening cuts and burns. Pets that are not properly secured can fight with each other or escape into busy parking lots. Sometimes groomers use excessive force or become abusive with pets. These are all reasons why groomers are let go and grooming shops are forced to close their doors.
To keep the cash flow coming, many of these negligent groomers begin grooming on their own, either out of their home or in the homes of their clients. They will never tell you why they lost their job or why their shop closed. They won’t have to. No one is watching them. They don’t have to answer to anyone, and if it doesn’t work out, they’ll just try something else.
Sometimes these groomers have references. Maybe they used to groom your pets in a grooming salon. Have you ever thought to check why they left or why their business closed? You can’t always trust people, especially with something as precious as your beloved pet. Always remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Claws N Paws offers quality pet grooming services in Fountain Valley, CA. To schedule a grooming appointment, please call 714-962-1005 today.