Why do home-owners get a house sitter while they're away? One huge reason is that your pets are nearly always happiest at home, in their own familiar surroundings and routine, with their own toys, bed and food. Kennels and catteries do not suit every pet and often yours will come home miserable and stressed from the experience.
Many owners have also rescued pets that have been abandoned and have spent time in cages at the SPCA or other animal shelters, they are unwilling to put that pet back into that unhappy environment that they have rescued them from.
Plus you can't put chickens, fish, birds, alpacas or other city or lifestyle block pets into boarding – they might get eyed up as ‘lunch’!