Today is the official launch of “Get A Real Pet Sitter®,” a national media campaign by Pet Sitters International, Inc. (PSI) to educate pet parents about the importance of hiring a reputable, qualified, professional pet sitting companies to care for their pets. Pet Sitters International, Inc. is the world’s leading educational association for professional pet sitting companies and Poochy Doos, LLC is proud to be partnering with them.
This issue of amateur pet care has reached a heightened level of industry concern, as new national television ads keep surfacing promoting slick, online listing directories. These companies are flush with venture capital and trying to co-op the professional pet care industry with million dollar websites and ad-buys. For all the techno-glamour, their care models are non-existent, as literally anyone can advertise themselves as professional pet care givers or dog trainers. Unfortunately un-savvy pet parents will no doubt pay the price – along with their beloved pets.
PSI President Patti Moran offers advice for pet owners:
“Simply being listed on an online pet-sitter listing—or even on a nationally-publicized directory—does not make a pet sitter a professional, qualified care provider,” explains Moran. “Anyone can post a profile advertising pet-sitting services, so it’s important for pet owners to take a closer look to ensure they are hiring a real pet sitter.”
The unifying attribute of these transient people trying to cash-in on the pet care industry is a “love for pets.” Well, that may be, but it’s not enough:
12 Important Questions to Consider Before Hiring a Pet Sitting Company:
- Does the pet sitter have the proper business license for your city or state?
- Is the pet sitter licensed by the proper county authority for in-home pet care?
- Is the pet sitter insured and bonded?
- Can the pet sitter pass a criminal background check?
- Does the pet sitter provide client references?
- Will the pet sitter use a pet sitting services agreement or contract?
- Is the pet sitter a Certified Professional Pet Sitter (CPPS)?
- Is the pet sitter licensed by local authorities to provide in-home pet sitting?
- Is the pet sitter accredited in pet first aid and C.P.R.?
- Is the pet sitter a member of a professional and educational association, such as Pet Sitters International?
- Is the pet sitter demonstrably involved in your local pet advocacy community?
- Does the pet sitter demonstrate their commitment to continuing education?
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