Pet Sitters International Releases 2013 Pet-Sitting Industry Forecast

Association’s free e-book predicts continued growth, highlights increased competition and improved resources for professional pet sitters and dog walkers.

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Those currently in or entering the pet-sitting industry today face more competition, but also have access to more tools and resources than ever before to help them gain a competitive advantage over amateur pet-care providers

King, NC (PRWEB) January 14, 2013

A new e-book released by Pet Sitters International (PSI) this month highlights the growth of the in-home pet-care industry and shares encouraging industry data for pet-loving entrepreneurs seeking to capitalize on the nation’s ever-growing love affair with pets.

PSI’s "2013 Pet-Sitting Industry Forecast"—a follow-up to the association’s 2012 report—is a compilation of data from its State of the Industry Survey, current market research, its collective intellectual capital and knowledge from its 18-year history and more than 7,100 member businesses. Analyzing the current climate, culture, increased competition and continuing opportunities within the professional pet-sitting industry, PSI predicts another stellar year for this growing profession.

“As pet ownership grows and pet owners become more aware of their pet-care options, the demand for qualified, professional pet sitters and dog walkers will continue to grow,” noted PSI President Patti Moran.

The "2013 Pet-Sitting Industry Forecast" explores how professional pet-sitting services now extend beyond cat and dog care. More than 60 percent of PSI’s member businesses also offer pet-care services for birds, fish and cage pets. This expansion of services is not surprising considering the American Pet Product Association’s findings in its 2011-2012 National Pet Owners Survey that pet ownership is up across the board, including bird and fish ownership.

PSI’s e-book also notes another sign of the growing industry—the recent influx of numerous online pet-sitter directories and pet-care search sites, often funded by venture capitalists and tech-savvy entrepreneurs.

“Those currently in or entering the pet-sitting industry today face more competition, but also have access to more tools and resources than ever before to help them gain a competitive advantage over amateur pet-care providers,” said Moran.

PSI is offering the "2013 Pet-Sitting Industry Forecast" e-book free of charge to current and prospective pet-care professionals on the association’s website. Site visitors can also access additional free resources, including another recent e-book, "The Five Must-Do Steps to Starting a Successful Pet-Sitting Business."

To learn more about PSI, becoming a pet sitter or to find a local PSI pet sitter, visit http://www.petsit.com.

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About Pet Sitters International
Founded by Patti Moran in 1994, Pet Sitters International (PSI) is the world’s largest educational association for professional pet sitters, representing more than 7,000 independent professional in-home pet-care 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 http://www.petsit.com, 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.