Press release

2009 Professional Pet Sitters Week- News Release

26 February 2009

Nina & Douglas Cole – Managing Directors of Nina’s Nannies for Pets

Telephone: 08450 53 11 52


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Sit. Stay. And Thank Your Pet Sitter!

Professional Pet Sitters Week Celebrated March 1-7, 2009
Nina’s Nannies for Pets encourages pet owners and pet lovers alike to celebrate Professional Pet Sitters Week, March 1-7, 2009.  This international campaign seeks to educate pet owners about the advantages of in-home pet care, as well as to encourage the public to explore professional pet sitting as a viable and rewarding career opportunity.

Professional Pet Sitters Week was introduced by Pet Sitters International (PSI) in 1995. PSI is the world’s largest educational association for professional pet sitters.

Despite a slowing economy, demand for professional pet-care services remains high. Since 1994 PSI’s membership has grown to more than 8,000 independent professional pet-sitting businesses with an average of 191 clients each. These sitters service more than 1.5 million clients and deliver more than 17.4 million pet-sitting engagements per year.

For pet owners, at-home pet sitting provides a unique alternative to boarding facilities or having to rely on family and neighbours to check in on their pets. Pet sitting goes beyond simply feeding and caring for pets.  Professional pet-sitting services often offer dog walking, care of special needs pets, pet transportation services and pooper-scooper services, in addition to basic pet care.

“Professional pet sitting has become an important service industry in the past 15 years.  Many professional pet sitters put in long hours, seven days a week, 365 days a year, so they can provide personal in-home care for pets of all kinds,” says Patti Moran, president of PSI.  “The tireless efforts of these small business owners and their staffs to provide optimal care to pets and their owners truly deserve recognition.”

Nina & Douglas Coleare the owners of Nina‘s Nannies for Pets, one of PSI’s 8,000 members.

This year, Nina’s Nannies for Pets plans on making the most of PPSW by highlighting the plight of unwanted animals that are languishing in rescue centres all over the country as a result of the recession. Owners are now finding that they just cannot afford that extra mouth to feed and the RSPCA are being inundated with requests to re-home animals as the recession starts to hit all aspects of society.

Vets are also feeling the credit crunch as owners are leaving it to the last minute to get treatment for their animals and so skimp on routine treatments such as annual injections.

Nina said that she has heard of people asking for their pets to be put to sleep rather than keep them.

Nina’s Nannies for Pets continually strive to provide the best quality service to our pet-owning clients. It’s important to see the industry owe love recognised on a global scale,” Nina .  She also invites anyone interested in learning more about the advantages of hiring a professional pet sitter to visit their web site, to learn more about PPSW and how you can participate, visit the PSI Web site, adds to Editors: For more information on Nina’s Nannies for Pets please visit or call 08450 53 11 52. All media requests should be directed to Nina Cole. For further information concerning the professional pet-sitting industry, please visit Pet Sitters International at or contact Beth Stultz, at