157 SAN DIEGO COUNTY PSI MEMBERS WILL JOIN 7,900 PSI INTERNATIONAL MEMBERS TO CELEBRATE PROFESSIONAL PET SITTERS WEEK THIS MARCH 2-8, 2008
Date: March 2, 2008
Pet Sitting and Dog Walking Services by Kat invites pet owners and pet lovers alike to observe Professional Pet Sitters Week, March 2-8, 2008. This international celebration is designed to educate pet owners about the advantages of in-home pet care, as well as to encourage pet-loving entrepreneurs to explore professional pet sitting as a viable and rewarding career opportunity. Professional Pet Sitters Week was introduced by Pet Sitters International in 1995. PSI is the world’s largest educational association for professional pet sitters. When asked why PSI celebrates such an event, Patti Moran, president of PSI, explained, “Professional pet sitting has become an important service industry in the past 13 years. Many professional pet sitters put in long hours – seven days a week, 365 days a year – so they can provide personal in-home care for pets of all kinds. Their dedicated service affords their clients the ability to leave home for business or vacation with the knowledge that their beloved pets are in the capable hands of caring professionals. The tireless efforts of these small business owners and their staffs truly deserve recognition.”
According to PSI, its members serve more than one million homes annually. With more than 63 percent of U.S. households owning some kind of pet, it can easily be seen why PPSW has become a global event. For pet owners, at-home pet sitting provides a unique alternative to boarding facilities or having to rely on family and neighbors to check in on their pets. Pet sitters come to the home daily, enabling their furry, finned, scaly or feathered charges to maintain regular routines, including feedings, walks, potty breaks, and more. Regardless the tasks, pets always receive one-on-one care and attention from a pet-sitting professional. PSI points out that most pets experience less stress and adjust better to their owners’ absences when they remain in their normal environment or routine. This reduction in stress can create a positive impact on a pet’s overall health and well-being.
Pet Sitting and Dog Walking Services by Kat is one of PSI’s 7,900 international members, 157 of which are based in San Diego County. This year, Pet Sitting and Dog Walking Services by Kat plans on making the most of PPSW by wishing other sitters a “Happy PPSW!”, letting the community know about pet sitting and PPSW, giving all new clients in March a discount on all services and sending a letter to our state governor requesting official observance of PPSW just as North Carolina already has. “I am really excited about being part of this year’s Professional Pet Sitters Week. It’s refreshing to see the industry I love recognized on such a global scale and for all the sitters out there to finally be recognized for what they love to do – taking care of people’s pets. Pet care service is such a rewarding, yet grueling and challenging, job especially with the prejudices against professional sitters comparing them to the average Joe down the street. All sitters deserve recognition for all the hard work and tender loving care they add to another animal’s life and for the amount of time, expense and devotion they put into improving the report the Pet Care Industry has built over the past 25 years, “ Kat adds.
Pet Sitting and Dog Walking Services by Kat invites anyone interested in learning more about the advantages of hiring a professional pet sitter to visit their Web site, www.petsitdogwalkbykat.com. To learn more about PPSW and how you can participate, visit the PSI Web site at www.petsit.com.
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All media requests should be directed to Kat. For further information concerning the professional pet-sitting industry, please visit Pet Sitters International at www.petsit.com or contact John Long, Public Relations Manager, at JohnLong@petsit.com.