New Specialty Animal-Care Contracts Detail Services for Horses, Birds and Fish

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Horse care requires entirely different processes and procedures. And because of that, horse-sitting assignments require more in-depth knowledge about the facilities and equipment.

Pet Sitters International (PSI), the world’s largest educational association for professional pet sitters, has announced three new specialty animal-care contracts for pet sitters who provide at-home care for horses, birds and fish.

Each specialty animal-care contract was designed to contain all of the pertinent information a pet-care business owner needs to provide the best care for each animal.

No horsing around

“Horse care requires entirely different processes and procedures,” said Ellen Price, PSI’s academic manager. “And because of that, horse-sitting assignments require more in-depth knowledge about the facilities and equipment.”

PSI’s Horse-Sitting Contract includes a broad range of information from feeding and stall assignments to turnout and exercise routines.

“Horses are just so different from one to another—unlike dog or cat care,” said Darlene Ehlers, PSI’s 2006 Pet Sitter of the Year™. “The PSI Horse-Sitting Contract covers critical points of horse-care and is very thorough.”

This one is for the birds
“Ranking at number three as America’s favorite household pet, birds also require special care,” Price said.

PSI’s Bird-Sitting Contract contains information on bathing, as well as instructions for handling each bird and what to do in the event of emergencies, such as broken blood feathers.

“PSI’s Bird-Sitting Contract is excellent,” said Ginger Wolff-Anderson, PSI member and bird-care specialist. “It was very easy to use and personalize, and the tips were easy to follow and very helpful.”

These care givers rarely feel like a fish out of water

“More than 14 million American homes have freshwater or saltwater aquariums, which adds up to 183 million pet fish,” Price said. “The care of aquarium fish requires information and instructions that are very different from the care of any other companion animal.”

PSI’s Fish-Sitting Contract covers everything from fish descriptions and feeding instructions to water chemistry, temperature and tank care.

The contracts, each divided into four sections, cover pertinent details related to the pet owner, the owner’s residence, the animal being cared for and a section that outlines specific terms and conditions such as fees, veterinary care and legal considerations for terminating an assignment. The contracts also include a permission to administer medicine form, as well as a telephone reservation contract. Bird-, fish- and horse-care experts and experienced pet sitters were consulted as part of the contracts’ creation.

All three contracts are available on a CD and are compatible with Microsoft Office Word. The easy-to-use format allows for personalization and the new contracts are available through the

About Pet Sitters International
Established in 1994, Pet Sitters International (PSI) is the world’s largest educational association for professional pet sitters, representing nearly 8,000 independent professional pet-sitting businesses in the United States, Canada and abroad. PSI provides members with access to affordable bonding and liability insurance and educational resources including a comprehensive Accreditation Program, The Pet Sitter’s WORLD magazine and PSI’s annual Quest convention. For more information, visit, home of the Official Pet Sitter Locator™ or visit the PSIStoreOnline, the largest specialty retailer of products for pet sitters and pet-sitter business owners.


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