Home & Pet Sitting Service

Gaye Abbott With Ally, Lab Extraordinaire

JoyfulGaye’s Home & Pet Sitting Service

Are you going out of town and need someone trustworthy, attentive, loving and compassionate to care for your home sanctuary and/or beloved pets?

Living in Western N. Carolina for almost two years now, I am in love with the natural beauty and the warm welcoming community here. Only two blocks walking distance to downtown Weaverville and the Nature Park, I live simply and celebrate the many blessings of living in a small connected community with the beauty of nature all around us.

Over the years I have nurtured, played with, and have been comforted by many companion animals including cats, dogs, birds, hamsters, bunnies and a variety of others my now adult sons would find while growing up.

Though I cannot have pets where I am now living, I do have the opportunity to “love on” and connect with others’ pets and their humans, as well as commune with nature, on my daily walks at the Nature Park and elsewhere.

What a joy to realize I can turn this into a service for those who have need and am happy to say I specialize in elder animals though will care for any age!

Maybe you are just looking for someone to be in your home (without pets), watch over it, water plants and gardens, collect mail/packages and other tasks that you may need taken care of while you are gone. Know that everything will be kept clean and well kept…..and you may find a small appreciation gift when you return home!

Below you will find the services I offer as well as fees, testimonials and a bit about the organization to whom I donate 5% of all fees received. I would love to hear from you and learn more about your present needs for home and/or pet sitting.

Thank you for completing the form at the bottom of this page. We will schedule a home visit before available dates are reserved. During this visit I will request completion of an information form on your specific home needs and that of your pets. Testimonials are always welcome as are personal referrals.

I look forward to connecting…..perhaps we shall even meet in person walking along the trails!

SERVICES OFFERED (Weaverville/Surrounding Areas Only)

  • House sitting including plants/garden watering; mail and package pick up; trash out for collection, presence in the home for security purposes, other needs you may have.
  • Dog or cat care – daily visits or stay in home to include feeding/water, dog walking, companionship and litter box cleaning, plus additional tasks you designate.
  • Combination house sitting/pet sitting. Stay in home or daily visits.


  • Daily Drop-In Visit – walking/companionship/feeding pets, watering, and/or mail pick up – $20/per hour/visit
  • Overnight stay/with pets – $50/day
  • Additional Fees – Additional fee of $5 will be incurred for each additional animal over 2 and/or large dogs or puppies that may need more attention, walking or care. No additional fees for cats.
  • Stay-in home sitting only/no pets – $40/night
  • Cancellation Policy – 5-days prior requested for change in dates or cancellation.
  • Venmo, Paypal, Zelle and cash accepted

*5% of all fees collected will be donated to Brother Wolf Animal Rescue, a community based organization who’s mission is outlined below :


“If you are looking for peace of mind while away from home, I highly recommend you call Gaye Abbott. Gaye is gifted in her ability to connect with animals and with people. She is of strong integrity and I trust her completely. Gaye formed a beautiful connection with our beloved dog, Ally (who has since passed).

Gaye took her for many walks and deeply cared for her with love and compassion. I had Ally on a special raw food diet, which others may have had difficulty dealing with, but no problem with Gaye handling it. Ally was always very excited to see Gaye since she knew that delightful and happy things were going to happen!  

Even though we don’t have a pet at this time, we continue to hire Gaye to take care of our home while we are away since we explicitly trust her to take care of all the details so perfectly. We have a very tricky waterfall pond situation that needs attending and we trust Gaye to handle it.  Honestly, if Gaye is available snatch her up, you won’t regret it!”

Jane Sheppard CPC, FMCHC, NBC-HWC

Certified Peaceful Parenting Coach
Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach

National Board Certified Health & Wellness Coach

About Healthy Child – Oct 2021

Elder Dog Gerry and Kitty Rita

Marilyn & Mark Weinstein: “Gaye watched our dog and two cats while we were away for the day. We were so grateful because she sent us pictures of our pets and gave us updates while we were gone. It was a pleasure working with Gaye and seeing how happy our pets were. I highly recommend her for pet sitting.



“Very comfortable with Gaye taking care of our dogs.  Each evening we received a photo and news of the day.  We already have her scheduled for another stay with our pooches!  Thank you, Gaye.”


Margaret & Eric Rode

“Oh, I hardly know where to start. Gaye has been such a gift to us. She is more than just calm, experienced, loving, and trustworthy. As if that isn’t enough, she is also absolutely  wonderful with our funny little dog Gordon. He’s always felt a little lost and depressed whenever we have to travel, but Gaye bonded with him almost immediately, and he was just so comfortable with her. For example, he hardly plays with ANYONE except us, and he played with her, cuddled with her…. (I’m convinced that, if he could talk, he’d say ‘Hey, where’s that nice lady? Can she come back?’). Now they’re best buddies and we feel so much more relaxed and relieved when we need to go out of town and leave Gordon at home.  I know our home and kid are in the best of hands. I can’t recommend her highly enough.”

Gordon the French Bulldog and his proud human Eric


“Words cannot express how incredibly happy I am to have met Gaye!! In almost four years of being a mama to my two little rescue babies, I have only left them once before (with someone they knew). After moving to NC three months ago, I didn’t think I would ever find someone I would trust with my babies. Gaye went above and beyond. My dogs LOVED her from the minute they met, and she kept me updated throughout my time away with pictures and little stories. When I returned home you wouldn’t have even known that someone had been there. Gaye is kind, respectful and very knowledgeable as a pet sitter. I am already on her waiting list for my next trip in October!

Chip and Mommy


We recently moved to the area and have been looking for several months for a pet sitter for our two senior dogs, Mick & Quinn. It took several months of meeting with other pet sitters and we were introduced to, Gaye. From the moment Gaye came into our home and seeing her interact with our pups and how relaxed they were around her we knew she would be the perfect person to entrust with our ‘kids.’

Our first pet sitting experience with Gaye was fantastic! She sent pictures and provided us updates during her stay which really put us at ease. Our dogs absolutely LOVE Gaye and we are pretty sure they were upset when we arrived home since Gaye had to leave!

Mick & Quinn are excited for future pet sitting experiences with Gaye! They both give her 2 paws up!!

Mick & Quinn


This is Bella, my 16-year old Cocker. She is completely deaf, and has arthritis in her rear legs and hips that challenges her walking at times. Gaye took care of her while my husband and I were away, and I can’t say enough about the compassion she had with Bella. Bella took an instant liking to Gaye, and waited by the door for her to come. I know that she received lots of loving care from Gaye, and Bella was very well-behaved. 

I would recommend Gaye to anyone wanting reassurance that their beloved pet will be under gentle, loving care. I will trust Bella to Gaye’s care again myself when the need arises! 




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