Summary:As the pet-care industry continues to grow, PSI founder Patti J. Moran says focus is on promoting the benefits of using "professional" pet sitters and offering pet sitters the tools they need to succeed in the growing industry.
After a corporate layoff in 1983, Patti J. Moran
decided to start her
own small pet-sitting business-a service unheard of at the time.
As requests for information on starting a similar business came in from around the globe, Moran's passion for pets-and her
new pet-sitting business-led her
to create an international association and spearhead an entirely new industry.
Pet Sitters International
(PSI), the professional pet-sitting organization Moran
founded in 1994, is now the world's leading educational association for pet sitters, and March 2-8 marks the 20th annual observance of Professional Pet Sitters Week™ (PPSW™).
Introduced by PSI
in 1995, PPSW is an annual observance that honors professional pet-care providers, educates the pet-owning public about the advantages of professional in-home pet care and encourages pet-loving entrepreneurs to explore professional pet sitting as a viable career.
"PSI celebrates PPSW to recognize professional pet sitters who work 24/7 to offer the best possible pet-care services," said PSI President Patti Moran.
"PPSW is also a time for us to stress to pet owners the importance of using only professional pet sitters."
adds that professional pet sitters' commitment to excellent pet care includes maintaining pet-sitter insurance and bonding, using a pet-sitting service contract, offering proof of clear criminal history and staying up to date on the latest pet-care information through continuing education like PSI's Certification Program.
According to the 2013-2014 American Pet Products Association
National Pet Owners Survey, pet ownership is at an all-time high.
With the increase in pet ownership, Moran notes PSI has also seen an increase in the inquiries they receive regarding becoming a pet sitter and have noted an increase in the number of Web sites offering pet-sitter locator services.
"For pet owners, this increase in pet-sitting options brings a greater responsibility to carefully screen potential pet sitters," Moran