King, N.C. (PRWEB) August 20, 2013
Patti J. Moran, author of “Pet Sitting for Profit” and founder and president of Pet Sitters International (PSI) has been selected as a finalist for the 2013 Pet Industry Woman of the Year Award, presented by Women in the Pet Industry Network (WIPIN). Moran is one of five finalists in the Corporation award category.
Award categories include Solopreneur, Entrepreneur, Corporation, Advocate and Rising Star. A panel of independent judges reviewed nominations for more than 60 applicants in the five categories. A winner in each category, as well as one overall Pet Industry Woman of the Year, will be announced at the WIPIN conference in Portland, Ore., on August 24.
“The Pet Industry Women of the Year Awards were designed to recognize the amazing females who dedicate their time and talents to improving the lives of all pets – dogs, cats, birds, fish, horses and exotics – and their parents,” said Shawna Schuh, president of WIPIN. “The Awards are a celebration of women who have devoted their lives to the pet industry and shine as beacons of women helping women and pets with passion. Every finalist does the industry proud.”
Moran helped develop pet sitting as a profession after starting her own pet-sitting business in North Carolina in 1983. As interest in pet sitting grew, Moran wrote a self-published book, “Pet Sitting for Profit,” which is now in its third printing by John F. Wiley & Sons and has sold more than 75,000 copies.
In 1994 after 10 years of giving care to thousands of pets as a professional pet sitter, she set out to help other pet-care givers turn their passion for pets into profit and founded Pet Sitters International (PSI). Throughout the past two decades, Moran has helped PSI grow into a network of more than 7,000 independent professional pet-sitting businesses in the United States, Canada and abroad.
PSI is the largest educational organization for professional pet sitters in the world. It provides benefits and services to help pet sitters be successful and the Official Pet Sitter Locator for pet owners looking for pet sitters in their communities.
“Being able to share my business model with thousands of entrepreneurs over the years has been a blessing and a gift with so many rewards,” said Moran. “I am honored and humbled to be named a top finalist for the first-ever Pet Industry Woman of the Year Award and look forward to many more years of sharing my passion with fellow pet-industry professionals.”
As an award finalist, Moran will also lead roundtable discussions at the “Meet the Experts” session during WIPIN’s conference.
To learn more about Moran, PSI or pet sitting as a career, visit http://www.petsit.com. To learn more about the WIPIN conference and the Pet Industry Woman of the Year Award, visit http://www.womeninthepetindustry.com.