Hi, my name is Pete Ritter. I am the proprietor and heart and soul of Animal House Pet and Home Care.

My wife Colleen and I, along with our three cats, arrived in Orinda over seven years ago. After living in several cities in Canada and the United States we settled into this wonderful area. We have enjoyed this special place and it seems like the perfect home for Animal House.

  After spending thirty successful years climbing the corporate ladder, it was time for me to make a change. While growing up, we always had pets so caring for animals has always been a part of my life. For years, I have enjoyed caring for my neighbors’ pets and homes when they were out of town, so making this transition from the corporate world to creating Animal House was a natural one for me. I decided to create a business out of my hobby of taking care of animals, something I love to do!    
    These days I can’t wait to go to work!    
  My first priority in creating Animal House was to provide superior customer service so that you can leave home knowing that your pets and your home will be well taken care of. Our goal is to provide service that is a direct reflection of the attributes that brought me success in the corporate world...    
       …and Trustworthiness
  These are the qualities we like to bring to every client every day.  
  We look forward to providing you with a variety of services that can help get you through your hectic days or time away from home. Your peace of mind and keeping your pets “safe, happy and healthy” is what matters most to us. That is how we define the personal and tailored service that Animal House can give you and your pets.

To learn more about our Services click here, or to request an appointment click Contact Us page.

Animal House is a member of the following associations:
  • National Association of Professional Pet Sitters
  • Pet Sitters International
  • East Bay Pet Sitters Association
  • Orinda Chamber of Commerce (Director)
Testimonials We Have Received from Some of Our Clients
Moraga, CA
“Pete Ritter is a mature, sensitive and intelligent man. I feel very safe leaving my pet in his care. For years a neighbor of mine would feed my cat while I was away – and she never saw him once because he hid in the closet. Whenever Pete comes over my Dashiel comes out to play because he loves Pete. I highly recommend him as a # 1 pet sitter”
Orinda, CA
“I can think of no other person I would rather have to care for my pets. It goes without saying that Pete is utterly professional and reliable; the real benefit is his love for and patience with animals. We have a very lively Irish Setter, whom he handles effortlessly. Both of our dogs adore him and are happy when he’s caring for them, which makes going away so much easier”
Lafayette, CA

“I consider myself fortunate to have the services of Animal House in the community. When I leave my house key and my very skittish dog in Pete’s hands, I enjoy the peace of mind that comes with complete trust. Pete Ritter is a guy with a great deal of integrity and an extraordinary love for dogs and cats. I recommend him wholeheartedly”
Animal House
Pet and Home Care
is a fully insured and bonded
pet sitting, dog walking and
home care service.

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