Pet Sitters International Announces New Partnership with Sterling Infosystems to Provide Peace of Mind for Pet Owners

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"When you hire someone to let your dog out, who are you letting in?" asks Pet Sitters International (PSI). PSI encourages pet owners to request a current background check on in-home service providers. As part of its commitment to pet sitting excellence, PSI has partnered with Sterling Infosystems to offer access to background verification for its members and provide peace of mind for clients.

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Pet owners should keep in mind that when hiring a service provider, like a pet sitter who will be in their homes unsupervised, precautions should be taken to ensure the safety and security of their property and pets.

Being able to leave pets in the comfort of their own surroundings is one of the biggest benefits of hiring a pet sitter. But Pet Sitters International(PSI) recommends a background verification conversation before hiring. PSI is a leader in the in-home pet-care industry, with more than 18 years’ experience and a mission to educate both professional pet sitters and pet owners.

“The vast majority of pet sitters are compassionate, responsible people, but every profession has its bad apples,” PSI President Patti Moran said. “Pet owners should keep in mind that when hiring a service provider, like a pet sitter who will be in their homes unsupervised, precautions should be taken to ensure the safety and security of their property and pets. Requesting a clean background check prior to hiring a pet sitter can ease any fears and help ensure that pets and property receive the highest level of care. We have long been an advocate for the practice of background verification of in-home pet caregivers.”

As part of its commitment to provide the best business options to its members, PSI has partnered with Sterling Infosystems. Sterling is the global leader in background screening services, serving businesses of all sizes, including thousands of in-home service providers.

“Sterling has made it possible for me to provide my clients with the most important quality a pet sitter can have – trustworthiness,” said PSI member Samantha Franklin, owner of See Sam Sit in Charleston, S.C. “By hiring a pet sitter, our clients are allowing us into their homes with full access to everything. Being able to offer a background check to my potential clients has given them the peace of mind they are looking for and has shown that my company is a credible and professional operation.”

According to its 2011 State of the Industry Survey, PSI members serve nearly 750,000 clients annually. As this number increases and the pet-owning public becomes more astute about safety and security within their homes, PSI will increase its educational push around background verification. As a PSI Preferred Provider, Sterling offers easy and economical ways for members to provide clients with proof of clean criminal history on themselves and all employees or independent contractors representing them.

PSI has created a checklist to guide pet owners through a background verification conversation with potential pet-care givers. This checklist, “How to have a conversation with your pet sitter about background verification - 10 points of due diligence,” can be viewed on PSI’s pet sitter locator page at

“We believe that being able to provide a background check to a potential client is a great way to establish a trustworthy relationship,” Moran said.

True professional pet sitters understand and respect their clients’ requests for proof of clean criminal history and are eager to provide these credentials.

Sterling allows PSI members to complete background checks within as little as 24 hours and is renowned for delivering information quickly, accurately and securely. Sterling provides PSI members access to all-inclusive background checking for felony and misdemeanor records for all counties of residence. Consumers need to know that background checking services touting “national” or “nation-wide” are common, but these generic searches are not capable of providing conclusive results and are meant only to supplement a thorough county-level court search.

For more information about Sterling, please visit To learn more about PSI or the pet-sitting industry, visit

About Pet Sitters International
Established in 1994, Pet Sitters International (PSI) is the world’s largest educational association for professional pet sitters, representing more than 7,000 independent professional pet-sitting businesses in the United States, Canada and abroad. PSI provides members with access to affordable bonding and liability insurance as well as educational resources that include a comprehensive Certification Program, Pet Sitter’s WORLD magazine, The Scoop e-news and PSI’s annual Quest for Excellence Convention. For more information, visit, home of the Official Pet Sitter Locator™, or sign up to receive The Scoop on Pet Care. Visit the PSIStoreOnline, the largest specialty retailer of products for pet sitters and pet-sitting business owners.

About Sterling Infosystems:
Sterling Infosystems Inc., founded in 1975, is the global leader in background screening services. Sterling offers a broad range of services, including employment-screening services, corporate due diligence, background investigation services, occupational health services, and employment-related business tax consulting in the United States and in more than 200 countries and territories combined. Known for its industry leading turn-around times, customer service and expertise in customizing solutions for industry specific needs, Sterling has 16,000+ clients across the globe that range from leading Fortune 500 firms to small and medium-sized businesses and not-for-profit organizations. For additional information, visit

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