This is a great vehicle for people to find others wanting to make a mutual exchange.
It allows the opportunity for arranging to barter house and pet care in exchange for temporarily residing in a desired location. And also allows other negotiated arrangements, such as paid house and pet care when it is merely a convenient location, and thus more of a working situation.
I think it is remarkable, and encouraging, to see people trusting one another on this level.
Growing up, my family always had pets; cats, dogs, birds, turtles. And as an adult I've frequently house-sitted and pet-sitted for family and friends, over the years.
I have been house/pet-sitting from this and another for about a year now, and have really enjoyed the opportunity to visit other towns and get an idea of what it's like to live there as a local. And I'm grateful for the chance to have fallen in love with a collection of dogs, kitties, and even horses. It's been great; all the individuals I've met in this process have been a delight. It seems that the people who are willing to embark on such a trusting endeavor, tend to be interesting, creative, and gregarious folk.