House Sitters America

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We don't charge a fee to house sit. We do it, in part, as an act of service and kindness to those we serve. We will serve as a couple or solo (Stan) depending upon the situation.

House Sitting Preferences
  • 0 - 1 week, 1 - 2 weeks
  • Dog(s), Cat(s), Rabbit(s)/Guinea Pig(s), Chickens/Ducks/Geese, Farm Animals, Horse(s)
Preferred Locations
  • District of Columbia, Florida: Central, Central East, Central West, North Central, Northeast, Northwest, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire: Lakes, New York: Adirondacks, Catskills, Finger Lakes, New York City/Long Island, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Vermont: Central, Southern, Virginia, West Virginia
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  • 2024: 14-21 Jul | 20 Jul - 4 Aug | 1-28 Sep | 22-29 Oct | 5-27 Nov


66, Special Agent FBI (Retired)

64, Banking Industry (Retired)

Ellen and I have been married for over 40 years and share many interests including a love for animals and travel (50 states and 43 countries). We recently relocated from west Tennessee to southern Pennsylvania and we often visit northern Minnesota where our grandkids live.

We are healthy and active, fully vaccinated non-smokers. Pet and house-sitting has been a great way for us to experience new places and meet nice people while providing loving care for your pets and home.

Over the years we've had several family pets who hold a special place in our hearts. During our travels we appreciated knowing our dogs were well cared for by nearby family and our priority will be to provide that same level of care to you during your travel. We have owned many homes and will take care of your home the way we would want you to do for us.

We have done several sits as a couple: Idaho, Tennessee, New Orleans, Colorado, North Carolina and Stan has done solo sits in Kentucky, Colorado, South Carolina, Chicago, Connecticut and Georgia.

Note: We are not available for sits extending beyond approximately two weeks.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.


Stan & Ellen Knotts
Chambersburg, PA

Reviews (12)
Ellen and Stan could not have been more kind, caring and conscientious. After nearly 2 wks away my dogs were relaxed and content and the house was better than I left it. In addition, they are just all around pleasant people I feel blessed to have met.
SANDY ( Colorado, Sep 2021 - Two weeks)
Stan did an amazing job taking care of our beagle, Red, and gave him even longer and more frequent walks than we had required. When we got home, Red was very happy and relaxed, a sign of attentive care and an experienced sitter. Stan was a solid communicator. We were lucky to have him, He is a real dog-lover, and we recommend him to others.
MARY LOU ( Virginia, Mar 2024 - 5 nights)
When we returned from our vacation the house looked as good or better than when we left, and our cats were fine. Stan is a good sitter, and very attentive when it came to texting, sending photos, etc.
STEVEN ( Connecticut, Feb 2024 - 4 nights)
Stan was the best thing that could have happened for our needs. His flight was delayed initially, and he was very transparent and communicative about when he would be able to arrive to care for our pup. Unfortunately it conflicted with our own flights, so we never actually got to meet in person. He left the house spotless and kept in touch throughout the ten days we were gone. Rory seemed in good hands. Throughout our entire trip we did not worry because Stan seemed so trustworthy, even ... MORE
DAVE ( Illinois, May 2023 - 1 week 3 days)
I can't say enough great things about Stan, and my dog Christopher would agree. I wasn't sure how my dog would react to a male housesitter but Stan was willing to work with him and confident it would work. Christopher let out one bark at him when he first arrived, but from that point on they became friends. Christopher is a quirky but very good boy and I could tell, though happy to see us, he was content and well cared for. Stan left our home spotless. He is extremely thorough and pays ... MORE
DEBORAH AND GENE ( South Carolina, Mar 2023 - 1 week 2 days)
Thank you. I'm so glad to have met you and Gene and Christopher. Thank you for trusting me with your pet and home.
I was so nervous about using a non local house setter and then ended up with a couple who exceeded every possible expectation. Stan and Ellen will care for your home and pet(s) with expertise and attention to detail. If you want to go away with no worries about things at home, you may get lucky enough to have Stan and Ellen sit for your beloved pet. My little dog looked everywhere for Stan and Ellen after they left early in the morning. He misses them.
DEBRA ( North Carolina, Apr 2022 - 3 weeks 1 days)
We are so happy to have found Stan to sit for us this Thanksgiving! From the beginning he was great at letting us know when he'd be coming, etc. and didn't need anything from us. He even showed up with his own coffee maker! He came the night before, to meet the dogs and so we could explain their routine. He also offered to drive us to the airport, which was kind, but not necessary. Stan was very comfortable with both dogs, and not intimidated by their sizes. Both pups took to him right ... MORE
ERIKA AND BOB ( Georgia, Nov 2021 - 6 days)
No rating Stan (Ellen wasn't able to come) did a wonderful job taking care of our home and animals. The dogs and horses were all content and healthy when we returned. He was very helpful in picking us up after our trip, and the house was clean and neat. He was a good communicator while we were gone and is just a great person! We enjoyed meeting him and would love to have them back anytime. Highly recommend!
LUCINDA ( Kentucky, Jan 2019 - 1 week 5 days)
No rating Ellen and Stan are the best house sitters I have ever had. Not only were they responsible nice people, but they are super organized, kind, love animals and have knowledge about Airbnb and how to host guests. I would love to have them again as I went away without any worries and had the space to completely enjoy my vacation. I give them 10 stars!
ELIZABETH ( North Carolina, Dec 2018 - 1 week 6 days)
No rating Stan and Ellen were more than we could have hoped for during our first experience with sharing our home to complete strangers. They talked us through the whole thing and followed through with their commitment to take care of our home and our furbabies. Three days after they left and I am pretty sure our animals are looking for them. The house was immaculate upon our return and Stan took a moment to write a personal note that will find its place in our scrapbook. Ellen provided updates and ... MORE
JODI ( Louisiana, Nov 2018 - 4 days)
No rating There aren't enough adjectives to describe this wonderful couple. They are extremely kind, considerate, helpful, understanding, accommodating and knowledgeable. They happily stayed in our home and went far and beyond our expectations with our animals. I can't say enough wonderful things about them. I would trust them in any situation. I never once worried about our house or pets while they were here. They have become our friends and we hope to see them again soon!
PAMELA ( Tennessee, Mar 2018 - 5 days)
No rating Dec/16 & Feb/17 We highly recommend Stan and Ellen to entrust with your family pets and home, as we did. They lovingly cared for our dogs and treated our home with equal respect as everything was left in immaculate condition on both occasions. Compassionate, loving, dependable and trustworthy, appropriately describe Stan and Ellen. Grateful to have gained such wonderful friends!
TOM AND SUSAN (Cataldo Idaho, Feb 2017)
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