Letters have been sent to apps such as Rover that enable dog sitters and dog owners to connect and do business notifying them that their users are committing a crime if they operate without licenses, and to desist from continuing their operations. Rover has fired back, insisting that enforcement of this law is both archaic and preventing dog sitters from making ends meet. Proponents of the law report that the law is also enforced to prevent animals from suffering from neglect. However, some pet owners accept this risk. With apps that foster connections in hopes of finding dog sitters becoming so popular and naturally pairing up with many forms of communication, it can be easy to screen people before entrusting them with your pets. Not only do many dog sitters enable potential clients to have a tour of their house and their methods, but given the common use of smartphones, it is not unheard of or particularly difficult to get updates on the status of your pet if you still have worried.
In the end, it seems as though this law is on its way out. Indeed, its continued existence in the first place may have owed to its irrelevance when it was unenforced. Now that New Yorkers are so concerned about their livelihoods and pets, it is likely that a formal review of the law will take place. Given that it is now easier to babysit a human than it is to care for someone else’s dog, it would not be surprising to see the law struck down, or even ignored as many dog sitters risk a fine than give up their passion and job.