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PSI Survey Reveals Those Who Find Success as Professional Pet Sitters


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Pet Sitters International (PSI), an educational organization for professional pet sitters, found in its 2016 State of the Industry Survey that only 3 percent of its members pursued pet sitting as a first career immediately following high school or college.

While nearly 40 percent of its members decided to start a professional pet-sitting business post-retirement or after being laid off (16.9 percent and 21.8 percent, respectively), most of PSI’s members (58 percent) chose to leave another career to open their own professional pet-sitting business. And these pet-sitting business owners came from a variety of professional backgrounds, ranging from business management to education to veterinary and medical support.

“Pet sitting is an ever-growing industry,” said PSI president Patti Moran. “Professional pet-care services are in high demand, and pet sitting is a viable career option with significant earning potential for those with an entrepreneurial spirit, a love for pets and a commitment to professionalism and hard work.”

PSI plans to reveal the full results from its 2016 State of the Industry Survey at its annual Pet Sitter World Educational Conference & Expo in San Diego from Sept. 12 to 15.

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