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PSI Names 2020 Pet Sitter of the Year


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Jeanne Crockett, CPPS, owner of Crockett’s Critter Care in New Bern, N.C., has been named 2020 Pet Sitter of the Year. Pet Sitters International (PSI) presents the award annually to a pet sitting business owner who “embodies the passion and professionalism of the pet sitting industry.”

As the winner, Crockett will serve as the “face” of the industry throughout 2020. She will be officially crowned at PSI’s 2020 Pet Sitter World Educational Conference in October.

“PSI’s membership is comprised of the most professional and educated pet sitters in the industry, so selecting a recipient for this honor is never an easy task for the judges,” said Patti J. Moran, president of PSI. “With her commitment to continuing education and professionalism, Jeanne epitomizes all that a professional pet sitting business owner should be, and we know she will be an inspiration to our industry as the 2020 Pet Sitter of the Year.”

Crockett joined PSI in 2009, about three years before officially opening Crockett’s Critter Care in 2012. Her company currently employs six staff sitters and serves about 115 households.

“From the beginning, PSI helped me mold my business, and this award will allow me to give back to my colleagues,” Crockett said. “Pet Sitter of the Year is not just an award; it comes with the responsibility to share my knowledge and to support the members of PSI and our industry as we all strive to be respected professionals.”

Crockett is also committed to her local pet community, PSI officials said. Since 2002, she has been active in the local rescue community, volunteering for Fran’s Felines, Pals for Paws and Colonial Capital Humane Society. She has served as an officer, board member, fundraiser, event coordinator, grant writer, newsletter editor and foster parent.

After Hurricane Florence, Crockett volunteered to walk the dogs stranded at the shelter as they waited to be reunited with their pet owners. Now she continues to support the local rescue groups by posting adoptable pets on her Facebook page, encouraging people to adopt a shelter pet and promoting the need to donate locally to support the shelters.

The other top finalists in the competition were: Caraline Brockman, CPPS, of Cara Care LLC in Chicago; Shannon Huskins, CPPS, of Paws & Purrs Feline Services in Marietta, Ga.; Cynthia Johnson of Copy Cat & Dog Care Pet Sitting in Lebanon, Ohio; and Kim Ottone Tank, CPPS, of Apronstrings Pet Sitting in Pollock Pines, Calif.

 

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