(PRESS RELEASE) KING, NC — Four professional pet sitters from the U.S. and one from Canada have been named finalists for Pet Sitters International’s 2019 Pet Sitter of the Year Award, the industry’s highest honor.

Pet Sitters International, the world’s largest educational association for professional pet sitters, congratulates the following top-five finalists who will move forward to the next round of judging for the 2019 award:

  • Cara Brockman, Cara Care, Chicago, IL
  • Randa Clark, Tailchasers Incorporated, Lake Barrington, IL
  • Sarah El Sherbini, PetsGo Pet Care, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Liz Hyde, Pet Charmers, Gastonia, NC
  • Casey Kanode, Fairfax Pet Care, Fairfax, VA

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First awarded by PSI in 1995, the Pet Sitter of the Year designation recognizes true excellence in the professional pet-sitting field. PSI evaluates nominees on stringent criteria including client and professional references, commitment to quality care and professionalism, contributions to clients and the industry-at-large, and commitment to continuing education.

“PSI’s Pet Sitter of the Year is the best of the best, serving as an example to the industry and the pet-owning public,” said Patti Moran, PSI president. “The 2019 finalists are shining examples of the qualities it takes to succeed in this booming industry—professionalism, pet-care knowledge, business savvy and a strong work ethic.”

The five finalists move on to the next phase of the judging process, where a panel of independent judges will review and score the finalists’ submissions and supporting materials, including their references and finalist videos. The new Pet Sitter of the Year will be announced in January 2019.

The winner, along with the other four finalists, will also be recognized during PSI’s annual conference.

For more information about PSI and pet sitting as a profession, or to locate a PSI pet sitter in your area, visit PSI’s website at www.petsit.com.

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