Pet sitting is a contract service that takes care of pet animals. The pet sitting industry provides pet owners an alternative option to look after their pets while being away from home. As many people treat their pets with very high affection, an increasing number of people are observed to hire trained and certified pet sitters from pet-sitting services, some of them are covered by insurance protection and emergency support. The pet sitting industry is growing at high pace with increase in pet industry market value from $17 billion in 1994 to an estimated $58.51 billion in 2014.
The professional pet-sitting industry is growing rapidly with numbers over 25,000 being reported because many pet owners feel that there are advantages to using pet sitters, rather than traditional pet care options. Reasons people use pet sitters include.
The rise in professional pet sitting industry also owes to sharp increase in number of pet owners along with low input cost and entry barrier to the industry. According to Pet Population report for 2014, more than 46% household in UK and 67% household in US have pet.
Professional pet sitters are often licensed, and insured for liability including care, custody, and control of the pets in their care. Many pet sitters are also bonded or insured for theft. Pet sitters usually have training, such as pet first aid certification, animal husbandry classes, or pet sitting accreditation. A number of professional organizations exist to help pet sitters improve their services. It is not entirely uncommon for pet sitters to be interviewed prior to being given the job.
In many areas, no special occupational license is required for pet sitters. The term “licensed” is often used by pet sitting professionals to refer to licenses to do business, kennel licenses, and/or animal transportation permits available within the coverage area of the business. These licenses may or may not be required, depending on the location. Licenses are not available in all areas.