Peace of mind is our Backyards to Barnyards promise, to you.


Backyards to Barnyards (formerly Melissa Hammond's Pet Sitting Services) was brought to life in 2009 to bring local areas of Connecticut and Rhode Island full service pet, farm, and home care. We have made it not only our mission but also our standard to provide your family with a peace of mind as well as your pets with personalized, compassionate, loving, and qualified safekeeping. Our service was designed to be as stress free as possible on your animals, closely mimicking your day to day routine and easing the change of your sudden absence.

You're all packed, you've planned a wonderful trip, and you have one thing left to plan: care for your pets, home, and/or farm while you are away. Will your home be safe? Where do they go? What will they do? Will you have to rush around and find a kennel? Will they get attention? Their medication? Will they be happy, comfortable, their usual selves?

With Backyards to Barnyards, there are no more last minute trips to your veterinarian to get updated vaccines for the kennel. Your pets no longer have to leave the comfort of their own bed, yard, or house. Gone are the days of kennels, runs, sleeping on cement floors, cages, or the surround sound of barking dogs, nervous cats, and restless birds.

You can feel at ease knowing we're taking care of the most important part of your life when you cannot, given our veterinary experience and schooling. We are more than happy to administer any forms of medications prescribed to your animals.


Your animals will receive personal, one on one, full, and undivided attention. We are happy to partake in your pets favorite activities, and they will be smothered with as much love as you yourself could give. 

Your home will be safe, taken care of, and kept up with. Flowers will be watered, newspapers and mail brought in, trash taken out, shades drawn, and doors locked. When you return home all will be exactly as it was left, and your furry ones will be waiting happily with wagging tails, purring, chirps, and neighs.

Backyards to Barnyards takes security of your home, your pets, and your personal information personally. Our keys are coded with numbers securely locked away, your information is stored in a private client management system, and the sitter car is equipped with bowls, leashes, collars, a first aide kit, and safety harnesses for secure travel.

With Backyards to Barnyards, you can rest easy and enjoy a peace of mind. Our sitters always come prepared. Your animals are taken care of to your specified instructions, no matter how comprehensive. They are always transported safely with safety harnesses, on leash for walks and when not in your yard. We often spend more time with your animals than you scheduled us for, simply because we love what we do! There's nothing in the world quite like our extended pet family. We promise to always do our best to accommodate you to the best of our ability, whether that means last minute cancellations or last minute needs.


Peace of Mind

Key security

Secure client information

Secure online payments and credit card processing

Bonded and Insured

Veterinary knowledge

On-Call Veterinary Care

Complimentary Medication Administration

Complimentary Initial Meet and Greet

Overnight, Live-In Care

Daily Visits

House Sitting Services

Basic Obedience and Training Services

Basic Grooming Services

Dog Walking Services

Nanny Services

Pet Taxi

Safety Auto Harnesses for all dogs

First Aide Kit

Leashes, Collars, Bowls

On Leash Policy


We currently offer service in the following areas:

All of Rhode Island

Connecticut: Windham County, Tolland County, New London County, Middlesex County, Manchester, East Hartford, Hartford, Glastonbury, Rocky Hill, Wethersfield, Marlbourough, Windsor, South Windsor, and East Windsor. Don't see what you need? Just ask!