I found House Sitting Ireland through online searches. Aside from my cat Astro, I live alone so it was really important I found someone I could trust with Astro most importantly, but also the house.

Shay came and met me at home probably a month before the intended booking. He stayed for a cuppa and to meet with Astro. I watched the two of them together and I got a sense for Shay. He gave me the confidence to go ahead and make the booking.

Shay was very thorough even before he arrived – he sent me a form to fill out, made the costing clear as a bell, and was highly professional. He then actually met me during work to pick up the keys.

I know the experience went really well for Astro as he can be a highly tense cat, so I know immediately upon return whether he has been upset or not. Astro had clearly been brushed regularly, he was content and if anything I worried if perhaps he’d enjoyed Shay’s company more than my own!

Shay left the house in meticulous order. It was as if he hadn’t been. And I have the added bonus of seeing Astro in some of Shay’s wonderful photos.

Particularly if you are a single female worried about strangers looking after your pet and staying in your home, then I can put you at ease and highly recommend Shay as  trust-worthy, reliable, and responsible and genuinely caring. – Brooke, Ballsbridge

Oscar & Fluffy

We had never used a house sitting service. Understandably, we were somewhat nervous about trusting our home and our two cats Oscar and Fluffy to someone who we did not know. However, from the moment we met Shay we were instantly put at ease. Shay is such a warm, sound, and responsible man. You can tell he truly loves animals by the way he interacts and speaks about them.

We were really impressed with his service. Shay gave us timely updates on how our cats were doing (with pictures) which really put us at ease and allowed us to have a stress free holiday. Our home was left in immaculate condition and our cats were so happy and healthy when we returned.

Shay was even able to effortlessly manage a mini crisis in our absence when an Amazon delivery jammed our main door preventing entry. He found a way to remove the obstruction and consequently ensure the safety and welfare of our cats. Honestly, we could not recommend his service more highly. – Donal & Shirley, Shankill.



Shay has looked after Kiko for all our holidays, winter and summer, for the past five years. I cannot recommend him enough. Kiko just loves him, and Shay is very security conscious so I have total peace of mind that both the (much loved) dog and house are 100% in great hands. I trust him implicitly; the house is spotless when we get home and he even mows the lawn!!! Happy to give a reference if anyone would like one. – Clare & Frank, Lepardstown.


Loretta & Patsy

Shay has looked after Patsy and Loretta for us a few times a year for the last couple of years. He picks up the keys before we go and pops them back in our mailbox when he leaves making the whole process effortless. He keeps us updated on Instagram with photos and videos. We couldn’t recommend him enough. – Leo & Dani, Stillorgan.


Fibonacci & Harley

Shay was really good looking after our little zoo. He managed to befriend the cats quickly and even administer ear drops; litter box was cleaned regularly too. On top of that, it was clear that he actually spent some time with them – playing and letting them out in the sun. Finding the fluffballs happy was absolutely invaluable. Wholeheartedly recommend! – Dani, Greystones.



Can’t say enough good things about shay. We had never left zoe before so we were anxious but we needed have worried, zoe was so well looked after. We arrived home to a happy dog and and clean and tidy house. We have already booked shay for another stay. – Carolanne, Greystones.


Ben, Elmo & Zac

Shay was amazing! Punctual, personable, and a great blend of professionalism and friendliness. We knew straight away that he would look after our three dogs and cat as if they were his own. The three of them took to him instantly. One of the dogs was off his food so he kept us updated on his progress back to full health. He stayed in our house so we had that added security benefit . I would recommend Shay to anyone thinking of a pet/house sitter. – Deirdre, Delgany.


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