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The Benefits of Using a Professional Pet Sitter

Is pet sitting the best option for your pet?

If work or travel will keep you away from your pets, you've likely considered various pet-care options, from asking for help from a family member or friend to securing the services of a professional pet sitter.


More and more pet owners are using the services of professional pet sitters to take advantage of the benefits in-home pet care provides:


• Pets are happier and experience less stress at home.

• Diet and exercise routines are uninterrupted.

• Travel trauma for both owner and pet is eliminated.

• Pet's exposure to illness is minimized.

• Untrained or unwilling friends/family/neighbors need not be called.

• In-home professional pet care provides added peace of mind.


Why should you only use a professional pet sitter?

As the pet-care industry grows, it is important that pet owners are more prudent than ever when selecting a pet sitter.


As more and more online pet-sitter directories become available, it is important to research any site you are considering using to find a pet sitter and pay special attention to the service providers listed.


Consider these questions:

  • Does the site have requirements for listing?

  • Are the service providers listed professional businesses or does the site accept listings from kids, college students and other non-professional sitters?

  • Does the site differentiate between professional and non-professional sitters?

Pet Sitters International (PSI) provides pet owners with access to the largest online directory of professional pet sitters free-of-charge. PSI pet sitters have access to the most comprehensive pet-care and business resources in the pet-sitting industry.


Why should you choose a PSI pet sitter?

Pet Sitters International is the world’s largest educational association for professional pet sitters. PSI members have access to the most extensive—and helpful—slate of benefits and resources in the industry.

Because of the programs available to PSI members, a PSI pet sitter is able to offer pet owners cutting-edge technology and information for in-home pet care. PSI's programs and educational offerings have a direct positive influence on the quality of service that you and your pets receive from a PSI pet sitter.


If you are looking for the best care for your best friend when you're away, take advantage of PSI's Official Pet Sitter Locator to find your local PSI-member pet sitter.


Explore the pages to the left to learn how you can select the best pet sitter for you and our pets, as well as prepare for your pet sitter's visit.