Add Finding a Professional Pet Sitter to Your Holiday To-Do List

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Add Finding a Professional Pet Sitter to Your Holiday To-Do List

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The holiday season is fast approaching, and this time of year is often spent with family and friends. For many, this will mean traveling—whether across town or across the country—to be with loved ones during the holidays. Travel plans must be made and gifts must be purchased, but for these would-be travelers who are also pet parents, one more item should be added to the holiday to-do list: finding a professional pet sitter.

Pet Sitters International (PSI), the world’s largest educational association for professional pet sitters, advises pet owners to ensure they can travel worry-free—and that their pets stay happy and healthy—this holiday season by securing the services of professional pet sitters.

“Knowing that a beloved pet can enjoy the stress-free environment of its own home during the holiday season can provide great peace of mind for pet owners,” said Patti J. Moran, PSI founder and president. “But, it’s important that pet owners understand what to look for and what questions to ask when selecting a professional pet sitter.”

Know the questions to ask when selecting pet care

PSI advises pet owners to ask seven important questions when interviewing a potential pet sitter:

1. Does the pet sitter have the proper business license for your city or state, if required?

2. Is the pet sitter insured and bonded?

3. Can the pet sitter provide proof of clear criminal history?

4. Does the pet sitter provide client references?

5. Will the pet sitter use a pet-sitting services agreement or contract?

6. Is the pet sitter a Certified Professional Pet Sitter (CPPS®) and/or has he or she participated in other pet-care training, such as pet first aid?

7. Is the pet sitter a member of a professional and educational association, such as Pet Sitters International?

Even for pet owners who don’t plan to travel long distances, a pet sitter can also come in handy to help keep pets on their regular schedules while the owners are out shopping late or enjoying holiday parties.

Now’s the time to book holiday pet care!

But, pet owners in need of pet-care services this holiday season should contact their local professional pet sitters right away. PSI’s 2018 Pet Sitter Holiday Survey found that 65 percent of the professional pet sitters say they are usually fully booked for holiday pet-sitting visits at least two to three weeks prior to the holiday—and nearly 11 percent are fully booked at least two months in advance.

More than one-third of the responding pet sitters begin accepting holiday assignments a year in advance!

Pet owners who need in-home pet care during the holiday season can visit www.petsit.com/locate to find professional pet sitters in their areas and download the Pet Sitter Interview checklist.

Provided by Pet Sitters International, www.petsit.com

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