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Pet Sitters International Encourages Pet Parents to ‘Shop Local’ for Summer Pet-Care Needs

They can use the free Pet Sitter Interview Checklist to ensure they’re selecting a local, professional pet sitter.




(PRESS RELEASE) KING, N.C. — With airlines predicted to transport a record number of summer travelers, many pet parents are sure to face an important question this vacation season: “Who’s going to take care of the pet while I’m away?” For pet owners who plan to travel this summer, Pet Sitters International (PSI) recommends the use of the services of local, professional pet sitters for its pet-care needs.

PSI, the world’s leading educational organization for professional pet sitters and dog walkers, offers a free online search for PSI member pet sitters by ZIP or postal code, as well as a free Pet Sitter Interview Checklist, to aid pet parents in its search for local, quality pet care.

“With the growth of the professional pet-sitting industry, pet owners do not have to rely on untrained friends, family members, neighbors, or pet lovers who are on apps to earn some extra cash,” explains PSI founder & CEO Patti Moran. “Local professional pet sitting services are available to ensure pets receive top-notch care—in the comfort of their own homes—while owners are away.”

As influencers have increasingly used social media to shine a spotlight on local restaurants and other small businesses, many people have become accustomed to looking for hidden gems in its communities. PSI’s leaders say superb pet-sitting services can be found locally as well.

“The peace of mind that comes from using a local professional pet-sitting business that has insurance tailored for its business, is bonded and can offer proof of a clear criminal history is priceless,” said PSI president Beth Stultz-Hairston.

The growing need for pet care has prompted many tech companies and venture capitalists to enter the industry in recent years to launch pet-care apps and similar platforms, and individuals have joined the gig economy to earn extra cash as an occasional pet sitter or dog walker.


“Seeking out the services of a local professional pet-sitting business ensures you are utilizing the services of a local professional that is rooted in your community, involved in local pet-related efforts and is contributing to your local economy,” Stultz-Hairston said.

PSI advises pet parents to do its due diligence to ensure they are hiring true professionals. The association offers a few tips:

  1. Schedule an in-person meeting. PSI advises pet parents to schedule an in-person meeting with any potential pet sitter they are considering. This “meet and greet” or “initial consultation” gives pet parents an opportunity to meet the pet sitter, see them interact with their pets, and review its services as well as credentials and policies.
  2. Ask the right questions. PSI’s free Pet Sitter Interview Checklist includes important questions every pet parent should ask—from whether the pet-sitting company is bonded and insured to whether they use a pet-sitting services agreement or contract.
  3. Ask for recommendations if needed. Don’t delay booking your professional pet sitter. Many professional pet sitters find that summer schedules get booked up quickly. If the professional pet-sitting service you contact is booked, be sure to ask them for a recommendation, as most are happy to provide referrals to other reputable pet-sitting companies in your area.

“Knowing you’ve done your due diligence to select a pet sitter you can trust allows you to truly enjoy your vacation,” Moran said.

To learn more about PSI or to locate a professional pet sitter in your area, visit here.

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 15 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 to find local professional pet sitters.




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