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24th annual Professional Pet Sitters Week™ will be celebrated March 4-10
Pet Sitters International uses its annual observance to highlight the importance of using professional pet-care services and promote the viability of pet sitting as a career.
PSI, the world's largest educational association for professional pet sitters, introduced Professional Pet Sitters Week in 1995.
"This week provides an opportunity to celebrate the value of professional pet sitters who work year round to offer the highest quality pet care and to also highlight what a rewarding—and profitable—career pet sitting can be," said Patti J. Moran, PSI's founder and president.
With the growing number of pet-sitter and dog-walker apps and sites, more and more people are deciding to cash in on the growing need for pet care. But, as the industry grows, PSI sees an even greater need for education—for both pet-care providers and pet owners.
"While pet lovers may find it 'easy' to enter this industry by posting an online profile on an app or website to offer their services, ongoing education of best business practices and the latest in pet care, health and behavior information is vital. Simply loving pets isn't enough," explained Moran.
Moran added that professional pet sitters' commitment to excellent pet care also includes maintaining pet-sitter insurance and bonding, having any necessary local business licenses or permits, using a pet-sitting service contract, offering proof of clear criminal history and demonstrating their knowledge through industry certifications, such as the CPPS-Certified Professional Pet Sitter® designation.
PSI has always used Professional Pet Sitters Week as a time to stress to pet owners the importance of using only professional pet sitters, and Moran feels this message is more important than ever before.
"Using a professional provides pet owners with a peace of mind that other pet-care options cannot," Moran said. "Pet owners must understand that just because they've seen pet sitters in an online directory—or even on a nationally-publicized site—doesn't ensure they are legitimate, qualified pet-sitting businesses."
"Anyone can post a profile advertising pet-sitting services, so pet owners should educate themselves on the credentials to look for and questions to ask when selecting a pet-care provider," she added.
Pet owners can download a free pet-sitter interview checklist (https://www.petsit.com/
PSI's 2018 Professional Pet Sitters Week is sponsored by Business Insurers of the Carolinas and Petsitter 365. PSI has planned special prize giveaways throughout the week and will be hosting a Facebook Live interview series with pet-industry professionals on its Facebook page. Petsitter 365 is offering pet sitters an opportunity to enter to win a Digital Marketing Overhaul valued at $21,000.
PSI represents approximately 6,000 member businesses in the United States, Canada and more than 20 other countries. The association encourages professional pet sitters to celebrate Professional Pet Sitters Week with activities such as pet-sitter networking dinners, special offers for clients, donations to local pet organizations and local media promotions. PSI will be offering free resources and giveaways throughout the week.
To learn more about Professional Pet Sitters Week or pet sitting as a career, or to locate a professional pet sitter in your area, visit www.petsit.com.
About Pet Sitters International
Founded in 1994 by Patti J. Moran, author of Pet Sitting for Profit, Pet Sitters International (PSI) is the world's largest educational association for professional pet sitters, with member pet-sitting businesses in the United States, Canada and more than 20 other countries. PSI members have access to the widest array of business services and educational resources available in the professional pet-sitting industry. PSI's Pet Sitter Locator is the largest online directory of professional pet sitters, and pet owners can visit petsit.com/locate to find local professional pet sitters.
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