Professional Pet Sitting Company, Park Cities Pet Sitter, Highlights Hiring Practice Differences in the Pet Sitting Industry

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Hiring Practices Are the Biggest Differentiators Between Pet Care Providers, So Clients Should Inquire about How Pet Care Givers Are Found and Screened Prior to Allowing Them Home Access

Park Cities Pet Sitter Has Earned 5 Consecutive Angie's List Super Service Awards

"Our hiring process revolves around the belief that it is an absolute privilege to be allowed into someone’s home to care for their precious pets and property while they are away." Joette White, President of Park Cities Pet Sitter

For many years, locally owned and operated pet sitting companies have had to educate their respective local markets on why hiring a professional pet sitting company was different and potentially preferable to using a friend, family member or teenage neighbor to care for pets when a pet owner needs to go out of town. Over the last couple of years, several national pet care websites that act as “meeting places” for people that are looking for pet care services and hosts that wish to provide such services have made a noticeable dent in many local pet sitting markets. While these online meeting places have become quite popular, many locally owned and operated professional pet sitting companies, like Dallas’ Park Cities Pet Sitter suggest being especially thorough and cautious when interviewing anyone that is being considered to provide pet and home care. As Park Cities Pet Sitter has learned after 24 years in the industry, there are significant differences in the hiring practices between the various options available to someone looking for pet care, so asking a lot of questions up front is critical.

Joette White, President of Park Cities Pet Sitter, says “Our hiring process revolves around the belief that it is an absolute privilege to be allowed into someone’s home to care for their precious pets and property while they are away. Because we start from that core belief, we do an incredibly thorough job of screening, training and insuring our staff when they are hired to work for us. Everyone we hire is interviewed in person, undergoes a background check and has their references checked. They must undergo a training program, and are not even allowed to step into a client’s home until they are covered under our bond and general liability insurance policies. While we have chosen to implement a thorough hiring and training program, as do many locally owned and operated professional pet sitting services, it is very unfortunate that the general public is unaware that some companies do not follow such rigid hiring practices.”

White believes that prior to hiring anyone that asking that prospective caregiver, and their company, what their screening process for caregivers is will tell you how suitable they are for having access to your home and beloved pets. “I suggest anyone looking for pet care service ask their prospective caregiver if they have undergone a background check, what their interview process entailed prior to being hired, if they provided references, if those references were checked, if they personally are covered under a bond and if they are insured in case of property damage or in case they are injured while performing service,” says White. “If you don’t get reasonable, detailed answers to these questions, that you are comfortable with, then contact a different professional pet sitting company until you do receive thoughtful and knowledgeable responses.”

For other useful tips in finding an experienced pet care giver, visit the National Association of Professional Pet Sitter website at to review their suggested best practices for screening pet sitters.

About Park Cities Pet Sitter: PCPSI has served the Dallas area 7 days a week, 365 days a year since 1992. Pet sitting, daily dog walks, pet taxis, overnight sitting, pet supply shopping, litter box cleaning and dog training are all part of the services PCPSI offers. Park Cities Pet Sitter is bonded and insured, and all sitters are employees--not independent contractors. A manager is on-call 24 hours a day to handle any emergencies. Additional information about Park Cities Pet Sitter can be found on their website at

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