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  • Saving Lives: Just A Small Part of a Professional Pet Sitter’s Day

    Posted March 20, 2011 By in APSE News and Events, Pet Owners, Pet Sitters With | No Comments

    pet sitters save livesIn celebration of Professional Pet Sitters Week, APSE was thrilled to spotlight and honor six of our members that define the role of professional pet sitter.

    Before getting a chance to hear each story, I couldn’t anticipate the variety of incredible lengths pet sitters will take to assure a safe, happy and healthy pet.

    My biggest goal for this series was simply to debunk the myth that just anybody with a love for animals could successfully become a pet sitter.

    Can’t Anybody Watch A Pet?

    Sure, anyone could be asked to stop into a neighbor’s home once a day to change the water and fill the food bowl, but as evident in each of the six stories, there is plenty more that could go desperately wrong.

    And without a professionally trained and educated pet sitter at the reigns, it’s safe to say that some of the pets featured in their stories might not be around today.

    It’s also heart-warming to learn that while bonding with each pet is a given, many professional pet sitters find themselves welcomed in as part of the (human) family.

    This can only be achieved by being a loving, caring and respected individual.

    Meet the Pros and The Entire Industry Doing Good

    The six pet sitters I interviewed for the series – Gus Elfving, Tori Lattig, Miranda Murdock, Jan Brown, Bella Vasta and Jason Hoffman – are merely a small representation of a much larger industry.

    An industry that is sometimes misunderstood. An industry that continues to grow worldwide everyday. An industry truly like no other.

    Pursuing pet sitting as a career is relatively new – perhaps only a couple of decades old. We have a long way to go, yet evidently have come so far.

    Let’s continue to shine a bright spotlight on all pet sitters doing good, by supporting each other, and spreading the word about the huge (sometimes life saving) benefits of hiring a professional pet sitter.

    Download the Complete Series Written Transcript (PDF)

    download the pdf transcript

    Pet Owners: Feel free to leave a comment acknowledging your pet sitter and why you chose them.

    Pet Sitters: If you have a story to share, please leave it in the comments below.

    Image Credit: aussiegall

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