Leading pet-sitting organization responds to story of puppy thrown to floor by pet sitter
Pet Sitters International offers tips for pet parents anxious about using pet-care services.
Considering this segment, many pet parents across the country may feel trepidation about using a pet sitter the next time they're away from home. However, Pet Sitters International (PSI), the world's leading educational organization for professional pet sitters, offers this advice: Pet-sitting businesses can offer reliable, high-quality care for your pet, but pet parents must do their homework.
"The abhorrent situation these pet owners and their beloved dog Lucy experienced at the hands of this 'pet sitter' is inexcusable,"
"Unlike someone pet sitting as a hobby or for extra cash, professional pet sitters know their reputation will make or break their businesses,"
PSI encourages pet parents to carefully screen any potential pet sitter to ensure they are operating a legitimate, professional pet-sitting service. This includes asking about insurance and bonding, the use of a service contract and proof of background check, as well as training and pet-care experience. The association offers a free pet-sitter interview checklist (https://www.petsit.com/
Moran founded PSI in 1994 on the principle—and her own past experience operating a pet sitting service for 10 years when the at-home service was almost unheard of—that professionally provided at-home pet care was a needed service. In the 25 years since, she has spearheaded an industry that prides itself on professionalism. This professionalism includes a knowledge-assessed certification program, comprehensive pet sitter liability insurance, ongoing educational opportunities from live and online conferences and webinars, as well as an industry magazine.
"Unfortunately, incidents like the one shown on Inside Edition reflect poorly upon the pet-sitting profession,"
To learn more about PSI or to find a local professional pet-sitting business, visit www.petsit.com/
Pet Sitters International