Dog Walking and Cat Sitting

Michael and Thea at Sparky Steps Dog Walkers

Sparky Steps

We are Chicago Dog Walkers and Cat Sitters who care about safety, love, professionalism and timeliness.

Sparky Steps was founded in 2016 with a mission to spend our days taking care of your beloved pets and to encourage people to volunteer to help and adopt shelter animals!

Our company is named after the founder’s dog Sparky to keep his legacy going. He sparked so much joy into our lives that we decided to dedicate our lives to animals. Now every day we get to spend our days taking care of pets with the same love we gave to Sparky!

We know what you are looking for in a pet sitter and our aim is to fulfill your needs to the max! We assign two pet sitters to your pet(s) that you will meet in person before anyone has access to your keys.

It’s all about your comfort level with us. We start each new relationship with a Free Meet and Greet. This way we all can make sure we are the perfect fit for each other. Try us out for one day, the first visit is free! Let’s set one up today and you can see yourself if we are the perfect fit for your pet sitting needs!

We are currently servicing the following neighborhoods for dog walking: Albany Park, Edgewater, Uptown, Lakeview, North Center, Avondale, Irving Park, North Park, Andersonville, Ravenswood, and Roscoe Village! We service all of Chicago for Cat Sitting. Not in your area for dog walking? Contact us and we may be able to help!


 Michael and Marie at Sparky Steps


At Sparky Steps, we provide more than just visits; we deliver a tailored pet care experience infused with love and attention. Each visit from us includes affectionate care, fresh water replenishment, feeding, and precise medication administration if needed, all personalized to meet your pet's unique needs. Our services are designed to ensure your furry family members are happy and healthy in your absence.

Our standard rates apply for services scheduled between 9 AM and 5 PM on weekdays. Additional surcharges may apply for special requests or timings outside these hours. Please note, our commitment begins the moment we step into your home and continues until we say goodbye to your pets. We eagerly anticipate the opportunity to offer our exceptional care to your beloved pets!

For your convenience and peace of mind, we also offer:

  • Real-time updates and photos during our visits, so you can see how much fun your pet is having
  • Flexible scheduling to accommodate your busy lifestyle
  • A free initial consultation to discuss your pet's needs and preferences
  • Expertise in handling pets with special needs, including dietary restrictions and health concerns

Trust us to be your partner in pet care, providing peace of mind while you're away. Let's make every step a Sparky Step!


Service Duration Price
10 Minute Dog and Cat Visits $15
15 Minute Dog and Cat Visits $20
30 Minute Dog and Cat Visits $25
45 Minute Dog and Cat Visits $30
60 Minute Dog and Cat Visits $35
Extra Charges Amount
Additional Pet $2 Extra
Weekend Visits $5 Extra
Same-Day Reservations $5 Extra
Off-Hour Requests (before 9AM or after 5PM) $5 Extra
Visits during the Holidays Double Charge

 Lucy at Sparky Steps Dog Sitting


We offer a staycation for your pet at your home! This allows your dog to maintain their routine in the safety and comfort of their own environment. While you’re on vacation, the furry one is going on a staycation with us! We will come visit your furry ones to feed them, walk them, follow your directions, and show them some love!

 Our Staycation Package includes:

Dog Sitting (9AM – 9PM): Three 30-minute visits (morning, afternoon, and evening), including walks, feedings, playtime, and more. Additional walks available upon request. Additional charges may apply.

Overnight Stay Option: For an additional $50 per night, we offer the comfort of overnight stays to provide your pet with continuous companionship.

Booking & Security Deposit

A $45 deposit is required for all vacation bookings to secure your reservation. This deposit is charged at booking and refunded post-service completion. Note: The deposit is non-refundable if the reservation is canceled or dates are changed.

Trust Sparky Steps to be your partner in pet care. Let's ensure every step we take with your pet is filled with joy and care!


Meele at Sparky Steps Bird Sitting


Expanding Our Love to Small Animals

At Sparky Steps, our hearts and services extend beyond just cats and dogs. We're thrilled to offer specialized care for a variety of small animals. With dedicated attention and tailored care routines, we ensure your smaller furry, feathered, or scaled friends receive the love and care they deserve. Please don't hesitate to reach out for more details on how we can accommodate your unique pet care needs.

Here's a list of small animals we're excited to care for:

Pet Type Care Details
Rabbits Gentle and playful, we provide them with the comfort and care they need.
Guinea Pigs With attention to their dietary and social needs, we ensure they're always happy.
Hamsters & Gerbils Providing safe and engaging environments for their explorative nature.
Birds From parakeets to parrots, we ensure they have plenty of interaction and care.
Fish Regular feeding and tank checks to keep their aquatic homes clean and safe.
Reptiles Specialized care for turtles, lizards, and more, tailored to their specific habitat needs.
Ferrets Energetic and curious, we give them the play and attention they crave.

In addition to the pets listed above, we are always open to caring for other types of pets as well. Please feel free to contact us with your specific pet care needs, and we'll be happy to discuss how we can help.

Each small animal has its own set of needs and preferences, and we're here to meet them all. Let Sparky Steps be your trusted partner in the care of your smaller pets, ensuring they're healthy, happy, and loved.

Please contact us for more information!



Sparky Steps Scheduling with DoTimely


We've Partnered with DoTimely for Seamless Pet Care Management

At Sparky Steps, we understand the importance of staying connected to your pets, even when you're away. That's why we've chosen DoTimely, an innovative scheduling platform available for both iOS and Android users. With DoTimely, you can effortlessly schedule appointments, manage your pet's profiles, and access service reports and invoices directly from your smartphone.

Experience Unmatched Peace of Mind:

Feature Description
Photo Updates We capture three moments of every visit – at the beginning, during our time together, and as we say goodbye. These snapshots are a window into your pet's day with us.
Personalized Notes After each visit, we leave detailed notes to keep you informed and engaged with your pet's activities, mood, and overall well-being.
GPS Tracking Our use of GPS tracking offers transparency and reassures you of the safety and routes taken during walks.
Confirmation Emails Following every walk, you'll receive a comprehensive email summarizing the visit, complete with photos, notes, and the GPS route, ensuring you're always in the loop.


Our commitment to strong communication is paramount, and DoTimely empowers us to fulfill this promise with efficiency and ease. Let Sparky Steps, in partnership with DoTimely, keep you connected to your pet's adventures and assure you that they're receiving the best care possible.



All Dog Walkers and Cat Sitters have passed the Cat & Dog First Aid Online Training at the American Red Cross


Every member of our team has successfully completed the Cat & Dog First Aid Online Training provided by the American Red Cross. This essential training equips our caregivers with the knowledge and skills to handle health emergencies, ensuring your pet's safety under all circumstances.

All Walkers Have Passed Our Background Check at

Integrity and trustworthiness are the cornerstones of our service. To this end, all our walkers and sitters undergo comprehensive background checks conducted by, a leading provider in the industry. This process ensures that your pets and your home are in the safest hands. 


We are insured with Pet Care Business Insurance!

We understand the importance of peace of mind, which is why Sparky Steps is fully insured with Pet Care Business Insurance! This coverage safeguards against unforeseen events, offering an additional layer of security for both our clients and their pets.


Bonded through NGM Insurance Company!

Our partnership with NGM Insurance Company means we are bonded, providing an extra level of trust and reliability. This bond acts as a safety net, ensuring that you are protected in the rare event of loss due to dishonest acts.


Licensed with the City of Chicago Illinois!

Sparky Steps is officially licensed with the City of Chicago, Illinois. This licensure not only signifies our adherence to local regulations but also reaffirms our commitment to providing professional and legally compliant pet care services.



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