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Alicia C.

70 Reviews
42 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 1 day notice required for bookings
  • Responds within a few days
  • Cancellation Policy:

Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
All Ages OK
List of Pets OK for House Sitting
Dogs, Cats, Fish, Rabbits, gerbils, hamsters, or pet rodents, Caged birds, Reptiles

Alicia's Resident Pets

Other Pets & Animals: Cats, Caged birds or Reptiles

Alicia's House

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Outdoor area
Pets allowed on furniture
Air-conditioned inside

About Alicia

15 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
I am a pet-lover, and I offer dog-sitting and cat-sitting service in my pet-friendly home in north central Philadelphia next to the Temple campus. My home has a front porch and yard, as well as a private backyard. It is within walking distance to Fairmount Park and other dog-friendly parks and attractions. Your pets will have 24/7 supervision and lots of attention while they are here. I am experienced with administering medication (pills, shots, lotions).
You can see from the reviews below how serious I am about providing great service to you and your pets.

I have two cats of my own that stay in my rooms upstairs when your pet is visiting, unless you tell me that your pet will like to associate with my friendly cats. I also have two snakes who live in glass-enclosed terrariums and never have any interaction my cats or any pet or people visitors.
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Can administer oral medicine
Can administer injected medicine
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Pets recovering from surgery
  • Separation anxiety
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Leash Pulling

Alicia C.

70 Reviews
42 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 1 day notice required for bookings
  • Responds within a few days
  • Cancellation Policy:


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  • Booked
  • Last updated December 2, 2016


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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Alicia's Home
$40 /night
  • Watches up to 4 dogs/night
  • Dogs will never be left unattended
  • 5+ potty breaks/day
  • 3+ walks/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
House Sitting Overnight At Your Home
$50 /night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for 1 - 2 hours/day
  • Willing to travel 20 miles
Daycare At Alicia's Home
$25 /day
  • Watches up to 4 dogs/day
Dog Walking
$30 /half-hour
$50 /hour
  • Willing to travel 20 miles
Home Visits
$30 /visit
  • Willing to travel 20 miles
$50 /hour
$15 /bath
$15 each way
  • Willing to travel 20 miles
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70 Reviews
Charlie was excited to see Alicia as soon as he realized we were pulling up to her house!
Charlie is always happy and excited to see his "sleepover" bag packed because he knows he'll be staying with Alicia. :-)
We were away on vacation for two weeks and Alicia watched Charlie for us. While we do trust that Charlie is in good hands, we would've loved to hear/see some pics/news of Charlie especially while we were in another country.

Overall, we were happy to see how Charlie continues to be happy while with her.
Charlie seems so excited once he realizes that we are packing his things - knowing that he will be staying at Alicia's. I'm so happy that Charlie is comfortable and happy with her! We continue to use her and we trust her in caring for Charlie.
Thank you so much for watching Brutus everything went great.
Alicia is great with our dog. When he went back for the second time, he was obviously very excited to see her again. She seems very knowledgeable and experienced with taking care of dogs.
Our dogs love Alicia. She has a very calming personality so they were comfortable around her from the start. We use Alicia regularly and will continue to do so as long as we're in Philadelphia. Highly recommended.
Alicia is an amazing sitter!! Memphis' tail starts wagging as soon as we pull up the driveway and comes home relaxed and happy.
i feel that Alicia is very good at her job. My dog, Percy , enjoyed her stay with Alicia and she seems very good with animals.
There was a slight problem with drop-off as Alicia's phone was on silent so she wasn't getting my text or call so I was scrambling at the last minute to find a place for my dog. Communication wasn't one of her strongest points but I liked Alicia and would definitely leave my dog with her again.
Alicia is very sweet. Our dog is always happy to see her. We feel very comfortably leaving our pup with her. She always responds very quickly when we email.
So, great. Always reliable and Memphis loves her.
Fantastic, as usual!
Alicia has saved us at the last minute sooo many times. I know when she's coming over to walk Memphis we have nothing to worry about, and when we get home the pup is happy and relaxed. Great, great sitter.
Alicia was awesome and came through for us when we thought we had no other options. Memphis was happy, too!
We had scheduled a meet and greet with Alicia and she made us feel comfortable and got to know Charlie. She was prepared with questions to ask about Charlie for his stay with her.

When we picked him up, he was happy and tired!

Overall, we were pleased with everything!

Thank you!
Griffin had a wonderful time, as always. Alicia takes great care of him.
Alicia was great. The first day there our dog developed an abcess from a tooth problem. Not related to the visit at all. She got her into the vet and gave her the meds while we were gone. Very flexible and helpful.
I highly recommend Alicia! This was my first dogvacay experience and I was VERY skeptical because my American bulldog Pia has never stayed with someone he doesn't know and has aggression issues with other animals. Alicia is extremely knowledgable and has calm submissive handling skills that you need when watching other people's dogs. She was great with communication and sent frequent photos with updates which is every dog owners favorite. We will definitely be using Alicia again! Pia misses you ! Thanks Alicia :)
I cannot speak highly enough about Alicia. Her natural understanding of dogs and their behavior is incredible. This was our first experience with DogVacay after adopting our dog only 3 weeks earlier and we couldn't be happier. She will love your pup like they're her own and send them home happy, healthy, and exhausted :)
Alicia was able to watch our three legged bulldog Charlie on short notice over the holidays when our pet hotel was overbooked. She did such an amazing job taking care of him with lots more personal attention than he would have ever received at a kennel. She was also very attentive with keeping his wrinkles and folds clean, and making sure he didn't put too much stress on his back leg. When we picked him up, we could really tell that he enjoyed his time with her. Thanks Alicia!
Memphis had a great time and came back happily exhausted!
Alicia was great! She has watched our dog numerous times and always takes good care of him. Even taught him some tricks!
Alicia was great! She was incredibly flexible with our changing schedule and took great care of our pup. As a recent rescue, Milo has a number of behaviors that take someone special to be comfortable with and Alicia was more than capable. We always felt that he was in good hands. We highly recommend her!
Alicia was great and our pup came home relaxed and happy. She sent us photos and updates, and made sure our baby would feel safe and comfortable. We'll definitely be booking with Alicia again!
Having never used dogvacay before, I was a little nervous about leaving my pup with a stranger--but I was instantly relieved when I met Alicia. Lenny usually takes a few minutes to get comfortable with new people, but he was instantly smitten with her--she is incredibly knowledgeable about dogs and knew just what to do with him. She's also super responsive and helpful, and was very accommodating of our schedule. I would absolutely recommend her to anyone looking for help, and would hire her again in a heartbeat.
Alicia was wonderful with my dog Jarrah and she seemed very happy and relaxed when I picked her up. She gave Jarrah her daily meds, gave her lots of walks and lots of love. Thanks again Alicia!!
Alicia was great. She did a great job taking care of my dog, who is a rescue and has some behavioral issue. Her apartment is outfitted with a dog crate and water bowls and a mountain of dog toys. She is a pro.
Alicia is wonderful. She has a great rapport with my dog, Dame. Alicia is thoughtful yet firm. She is also receptive to any special issues/concerns that may come with each pet.
We no longer live in the area, but this past year we relied on Alicia to take care of our dog many times. She was consistently accommodating and our boston terrier really liked her. She seemed to work magic and make her behave well with other dogs, a real struggle for us. I couldn't recommend Alicia highly enough!
Alicia is the best-- She went above and beyond for me and my dog, and was incredibly professional from start to finish. She really understands of dog behavior, and pays enormous attention to details-- she really is conscientious about the littlest things! She was my first DogVacay experience, and I-- and my beagle-- couldn't have been happier. In fact, I made a repeat reservation within a few weeks, and as soon as Lois saw her when we parked, her tail was wagging and her butt wriggling fit to fall off, and she hardly gave me a backwards glance as they went for a walk as I pulled away. Reviews like hers do not lie. She's amazing.
This was our first time using dog vacay, and we had a great experience with Alicia! She was very nice, professional, and she even let us bring max over early. Max was very comfortable with her when we dropped him off and didn't even notice we left! We received very cute pictures of him while we were on vacation, and he came home very exhausted. We will definitely be using Alicia's services again!
Alicia once again provided excellent care for my dog. She knows dogs, communicates well, and is extremely professional.
Alicia was great with our dog. She kept us updated throughout her stay with pictures. Would definitely recommend!
Alicia is kind and flexible. She has taken reservations from us on short notice. She is amazing with dogs. She makes our dog, usually nervous around other people and animals, calm and comfortable. We've been amazed to arrive to pick her up and find her playing with other dogs and cats. Alicia seems to have a real knack for animal psychology and she clearly loves spending time with them. Excellent experience.
My dog Mitch is a rescue that has been through a considerable amount of trauma. Typically he is extremely anxious when meeting new people and animals. After being out of town for 3 days Alicia was able to coach him through meeting new dogs and people in a fun and safe way. My partner and I have already seen a change in Mitch's behavior at home and will definitely be going back to Alicia in the future! She was friendly and professional..overall an amazing sitter!
Alicia took our dog, Loki, on pretty short notice and she was nothing but AWESOME! Loki is a high-energy, hyper Vizsla puppy, so we were worried about finding boarding for her while we were away. Alicia took Loki in with open arms and I could not be happier. She really knows what she's doing, and I left for vacation without a worry. When we came back, Loki was super tired and ready for a nap! She walked her and played with her the whole time. I could tell that Loki enjoyed her stay. I would highly recommend Alicia to watch your pup!
Alicia is wonderful. She was the first host I have used through DogVacay and my expectations were exceeded, and then some. She welcomed myself and my 1 year old Irish Terrier graciously into her home, where she insisted we spend time together while the pup got settled. We had a wonderful conversation, in which she detailed her intentions for the next several days and the accommodations that would be available for the dog. She keeps a watchful eye on her guest 100% of the time and was kind enough to upload pictures of my dog during the stay. When I picked her up at the end of her stay, I could see she was content, had been able to expel energy, and she even had been brushed (which Alicia did free of charge and acknowledgement). She is now my first call when something comes up. Can't say enough about Alicia's warmth and trustworthiness.
Alicia was great, she took excellent care of Bear and I could tell upon pickup that he genuinely enjoyed his time with her. She was great, responded promptly, sent pictures and was incredibly flexible with pickup/drop off. I couldn't have asked for a better sitter. I would definitely recommend her and would use her as a sitter again. She kept me worry-free on vacation :)
Alicia took very good care of our pet. She is loving and caring with pets.
Alicia was very flexible with last minute date changes and took care of Judy as well as always.
Alicia took fantastic care of our dog, Lily! We had only adopted her two moths before and due to her severe separation anxiety we had never left her alone for more than a couple of hours at a time, so we were definitely nervous when we both had to be out of town the same weekend. Luckily, Lily really liked Alicia and warmed up to her very quickly. I felt confident keeping Lily in Alicia's care and would definitely recommend her!
Alicia C really understands dogs. When we arrived to drop our dog Bernadette off, Alicia met us outside and whisked her away for an immediate walk so as to distract her and calm her down (Bernadette gets very nervous when we go away). Alicia sent us daily photos and updates and Bernadette looked really relaxed. Alicia is a calm person and in control, which is comforting to a dog (and to me). We look forward to seeing Alicia again very soon!!
Alicia was very professional, knowledgeable, flexible, and sweet to my dog. Highly recommended.
Overall, our experience with Alicia was excellent! She accepted our dachshund with very short notice, and had a welcoming home for him. She was very flexible with our drop off and pick up times, walked him, took him to the park, and cared for him as if he was her own pet. Next time we travel to the area, Alicia will be our first choice for our dog.
Alicia is very flexible and friendly. Sometimes she takes awhile to respond and it would be great to get some updates/pictures.
Tasha had another great stay with Alicia! She has learned to get along with other dogs and comes home happy and tired.
Alicia was a great host once again. She really helped us out with a last-minute reservation, which we were able to extend on the fly. Alicia is very responsive and great with communicating details.
We left our fur babies with Alicia overnight and when we came to get them, they didn't seem to want to leave! They were also exhausted- which having Jack Russells is no easy feat. Alicia sent us photos of our dogs having fun and allowed us to have a worry free few days away. We will use her again, and highly recommend her.
Alicia is very good at caring for pets. Uber responsible, and we found her services to be such a good value. She not only cared for our greyhound, but also visited our home and cared for our cats and watered our plants. She was very flexible during the meet-n-greet as well, and worked to make our first connection under a tight schedule. I highly recommend her. If your pet is under her care, they will receive scrupulous attention at the highest standard (even down to giving medication several times a day). She really does a very good job, and makes it a point to stay with your pet nearly the entire time. Our somewhat skittish dog LOVES her, and she was nice enough to forward us pictures of our dog and cats. Your pet will not be lonely!
This was our first time using DogVacay, and I couldn't be more pleased. It's obvious that Alicia is very experienced with handling dogs and I am confident that my dog had an enjoyable stay with her. I give her my highest recommendation.
Alicia is amazing, very knowledgable caring and communicative. Everything i want in a boarding situation!
We used Alicia for our first DogVacay experience and now she's the only host we use! Our 60lb pitbull Stubby always has toys to play with and Alicia gives him a lot of exercise. She is very nice and accomodating and Stubby always comes back to us very tired!
We feel so lucky to have found Alicia. Our dogs came from shelters and are a bit neurotic. We too had a few special requests. Alicia was very patient and understanding. we felt they were in great hands. She will be our go to dog sitter from now on.
Alicia was great with Bailey. She was very happy to keep Bailey on her usual routines. Also, she sent me plenty of pictures.
Alicia was great once again. Tubby was happy and exhausted after the stay.
Alicia was a great sitter for Harry. She was available on short notice and was able to fit in a quick meet and greet before we officially dropped him off. When we came to pick Harry up he was pooped! A tired dog is a happy dog, thanks so much Alicia!
Ines was really happy that weekend. Alicia took care for Ines really good, Ines don't want to come home and she was waiting for here at the door on monday. Thank you Alicia.
We drove up from Washington, DC, and boarded our dog with Alicia while we were in Philadelphia. Due to the distance, we were not able to arrange a meet-n-greet in advance, but we knew it was going to be fine the minute we met Alicia. Alicia took such good care of our Goofy, walking him, playing with him and generally spending time with him. She was extremely flexible on the drop off and pick up times, and even exercised our dog prior to the long drive back home. Great job, Alicia!
Alicia was very accommodating and great with my dog. She sent pictures and updates of what and how he was doing throughout his stay which I greatly appreciated. My dog came home and immediately fell asleep! Thank you Alicia.
Alicia was amazing. My 8 months old super energetic frenchie mix loved his week and a half stay with her and was tired for many days afterwards. She sent me a lot of very cute photos and updates about my furry little monster. Would definitely board with her again!
Pawsom! Alicia is awesome. She has great control and affection for my very energetic dog Kasha. I also appreciate that she is flexible for last minute requests. I will continue to ask her for help with Kasha. Thanks Alicia!
Alicia is extremely understanding and also took a lot of care in learning the needs of my pet dog (Arya), feeding schedules etc.. and kept me posted on a regular basis. Arya seemed to have enjoyed her stay there.
We are so happy with Alicia and her care of Tasha! She took the time to get to know her and kept us updated while we were away. She even introduced Tasha to another dog which went very well! She really took care of Tasha as if she were her own. Tasha loved the long walks she took with Alicia and came home happy and tired.
Sampson had another happy sleep-over, it seems… He's calm, happy, and tuckered from those long walks. Thanks, as always, for taking such superior care of my pup, Alicia! ~Naomi
I contacted Alicia with a last-minute request for dog walking, and she was gracious and accommodating with my bichon-poodle mix, Kasha. I really appreciated the way that she asked questions so that she was sure she understood my dog's medical history. Alicia knows a great deal about dog training and walking properly. Most importantly, I knew that Alicia enjoyed taking care of Kasha. I will definitely contact her again.
Alicia is awesome with animals - and very accommodating of us humans, too! In the last two weeks, she's cared for my pup on two separate occasions - once for 7 nights in a row, followed by another two nights with last-minute notice.

She took wonderful care of Sampson, which is evident in how attached he became to her. She works in a calm and confident manner with him, which is precisely what my chow-mix needs. In my presence, he chose to sit and lie near her - and even demonstrated a new trick he'd learned =) , which indicates to me she spent lots of quality time with him, and made sure he was comfortable with her.

Sampson has come home well-groomed, well-mannered, tired and calm, and will most definitely be returning to Alicia's care the next time I go out of town.

I whole-heartedly recommend Alicia to host your beloved pup, too!
Alicia was there for us at a really scary time in our lives. We were able to request and confirm this reservation within the time constraints necessary. We also extended the stay and Alicia was more than willing to take care of our Hazel Lee. When we pick our dog up, we are always pleased with her appearance and demeanor. Thanks again Alicia!
Alicia was a great hostess for my 6 month old puppy. We got together before I left and she asked great questions about my training style, my puppy's schedule, allergies, feeding, etc. While I was away, Alicia shared a cute photos and updates. It was such a relief knowing my puppy was in good hands.
Once again Hazel Lee was in the hands of a caring and loving host, Alicia. While I was away I was secure in knowing that Hazel Lee was ok. Hazel Lee feels at home with Alicia and I am happy to see how well she's been cared for.
Alicia was a wonderful host. Her priorities of providing an environment of safety for my dog and communicating with me every step of the way allowed me to enjoy my time away from my dog with no worries. This was my first experience and I am so grateful that it was with Alicia. Not only was she understanding of my puppies needs, she also was accommodating in terms of last minute requests for my dog. I look forward to my dog Hazel Lee experiencing many more vacays with Alicia. There's nothing like picking up your dog and not being able to tell that you even dropped them off with a stranger. She treated Hazel Lee as her own and I couldn't have asked for a better host.
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