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Pet Sitters Generate $440M in Revenue, Survey Finds

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PSI members performed 22M assignments last year.

KING, NC — Pet Sitters International has released its 2018 State of the Industry Survey, revealing that its member businesses generated more than $440 million in pet-sitting revenues last year.

The educational association’s survey, conducted every two years, found that the businesses performed more than 22 million pet-sitting assignments.

Member businesses averaged 137 clients and 3,816 pet-sitting assignments in 2017, according to a press release. The national average gross revenue for these businesses was $75,658.

In 2015, businesses had an average of 109 clients, 2,645 pet-sitting assignments and $60,625 gross revenue in 2015.

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“With these results, it’s not surprising that nearly three-quarters of PSI members indicated a ‘positive’ or even ‘sky’s the limit’ outlook for 2018-19, and we agree,” said PSI founder and President Patti J. Moran. “The need for pet-care services continues to grow and as pet owners become increasingly savvy in their pet-care choices, professional pet-sitting and dog-walking businesses will be in even higher demand.”

PSI conducted its survey online from Jan. 23 to Feb. 26. About 28 percent of the nearly 6,000 member businesses contacted completed the survey.

The association plans to share additional survey data throughout the year.

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State Considers Banning ‘No Pets’ Rental Listings

Some landlords are not happy about the proposed legislation.

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New Hampshire legislators are considering a ban on “no pets” notices in property listings.

Proposed legislation would forbid landlords and home sellers from barring pet owners, the Concord Monitor reports.

They could make rules related to pet deposits, noise control, sanitation and safety, according to the newspaper. But they could set make rules based on size, breed or appearance.

The legislation was proposed by state Rep. Ellen Read, a Democrat from Newmarket. It has drawn opposition from some landords who say it could lead to unsanitary conditions as well as allergy problems for some residents.

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But Julia Seeley, New Hampshire state director for the Humane Society, said her organization supports the bill.

We just strongly believe that a family should not be torn apart simply over housing,” she said.

Read more at the Concord Monitor

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Spotify Rolls Out Music Playlists for Pets

Pets seem to favor classical music and soft rock.

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Digital music service Spotify had a hunch that people were playing tunes for their pets.

A study by the company found that 71% of pet owners did exactly that. The survey included 5,000 music-streaming pet owners from the U.S., the UK, Australia, Spain and Italy.

The company explains:

That being said, we created a unique experience to help you craft the pawfect algorithmically generated playlist for you and your pet to enjoy together. Head to spotify.com/pets for a playlist you can share with your dog, cat, iguana, hamster, or bird.

See the graphic below for more details from the survey.

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These States Have the Most Dog and Cat Owners … And These States Have the Least

The US is home to almost as many domestic pets as humans.

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A new report looks at which U.S. states are the most pet-loving.

Seniorliving.org, a website devoted to providing information to seniors, delved into recent data from the American Veterinary Medical Association to create its rankings.

Idaho had the highest rate of households owning at least one dog, at 58.3%, according to the report, which excluded Alaska and Hawaii, which were not measured in the AVMA study. Dogs are least common in Washington, DC, where 22.5% of households have at least one.

Vermont ranked first for percentage of households with at least one cat, at 44.6%. DC, meanwhile, is the least cat-owning place, with just 16.4% of households being home to a cat.

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The U.S. is home to almost as many domestic pets as human beings. Almost 1 in 3 of those pets are fish, Seniorliving.org explains.

Cats and dogs combine for about 54.8% of all domestic pets.

 

 

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