Start the search early:
“Professional pet sitters have welcomed an increase in demand as more people begin traveling again, so pet parents should make finding a professional pet sitter one of the first items on their travel checklist,” said PSI President Beth Stultz-Hairston in the press release. “But if they find that their preferred pet sitter isn’t available, pet parents shouldn’t panic—many professional pet sitters are happy to provide referrals to other local businesses who may have availability for the travelers’ preferred dates.”
Make time for a meet and greet:
PSI advises pet parents to schedule a “meet and greet” or “initial consultation” at their home before booking pet-care services. This meeting provides an opportunity to see the sitter interact with their pets, and review their services and credentials.
“You may be in a rush to finalize your travel plans, but we advise pet parents to never ‘cut corners’ when it comes to booking pet care,” said PSI Founder and CEO Patti Moran. “Not everyone who lists their services on a website or app is a true professional, and you owe it to yourself—and your pets—to select a local professional pet sitter with the business credentials and pet-care training to provide exceptional care.”
Check out a pet-sitter checklist:
Pet parents can download a free Pet-Sitter Interview Checklist, which includes seven important questions every pet parent should ask, including whether the company is insured and bonded, and whether the pet sitter can provide references from previous clients.
To learn more about PSI or to locate a professional pet sitter in your area, you can visit www.petsit.com.