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Finalists Named for 2021 Pet Sitter of the Year Award

Five professional pet sitters from the U.S. and Canada will vie for the pet-sitting industry’s highest honor.




(PRESS RELEASE) KING, NC — Five professional pet sitters have been named the top-five finalists for Pet Sitters International’s 2021 Pet Sitter of the Year Award, the industry’s highest honor.

Pet Sitters International (PSI), the world’s leading educational organization for professional pet sitters, congratulates the following top-five finalists who will move forward to the next round of judging for the 2021 award:

  • Jane Budnick, CPPS; 4-Legged Kids, Inc.; Ellisville, MO
  • Rachel Reisner, CPPS; Cats and Hamsters; Outremont, QC, Canada
  • Daniel Reitman; Dan’s Dog Walking and Pet Sitting; Port Washington, NY
  • Linda Ross, CPPS; Choices Pet Sitters; Jasper, GA
  • Gail Wunderlin-Beigh; Princess Gentle Paws Pet Sitting and Care LLC; Liberty Township, OH

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 founder and CEO. “The 2021 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 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 by January 2021.

The winner, along with the other four finalists, will also be recognized during PSI’s 2021 Pet Sitter World Educational 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 here.



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