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PSI Names 2019 Pet Sitter of the Year


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Pet Sitters International (PSI) has named Liz Hyde, owner of Pet Charmers, LLC, in Gastonia, N.C., the 2019 Pet Sitter of the Year. PSI presents this award annually to a pet-sitting business owner who embodies the passion and professionalism of the pet-sitting industry.

“PSI’s membership represents the best of the best in our industry and selecting a recipient for this honor is never an easy task for the judges,” said Patti J. Moran, PSI president. “Liz Hyde is the epitome of a professional pet sitter. She has already had such a great impact on our industry, and we are excited to see her inspire even more pet sitters as 2019 Pet Sitter of the Year.”

Hyde became a PSI member in 2012 after purchasing a pet-sitting business that she had been working for part-time from another PSI member. In addition to owning and operating Pet Charmers, LLC, Hyde is also a professional singer and actress, and she currently tours with Menopause The Musical.

Despite being both a professional performer and professional pet-sitting business owner, Hyde makes serving her community, networking with other pet-care professionals and continuing her pet-sitting education top priorities. She has attended multiple pet-sitter conferences and webinars and obtained her Certified Professional Pet Sitter-CPPS designation. In 2018, she joined the Animal League of Gaston County, a committee that meets monthly to address animal welfare and other local issues. She also volunteers in the office of a local low-cost spay and neuter clinic, and her pet-sitting business helps sponsor the clinic’s “Shelter Pets to Go” program.

As PSI’s 2019 Pet Sitter of the Year, Hyde will serve as the “face of the professional pet-sitting industry” throughout 2019 and will be officially crowned at PSI’s 2019 Pet Sitter World Educational Conference in Winston-Salem, N.C. in November 2019.

The other five finalists in the 2019 Pet Sitter of the Year competition were:

  • Cara Brockman, CPPS of Cara Care LLC in Chicago
  • Randa Clark, CPPS of Tailchasers Inc. in Lake Barrington, Ill.
  • Sarah El Sherbini, CPPS of PetsGo Pet Care in Toronto
  • Casey Kanode of Fairfax Pet Care in Fairfax, Va.
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