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Pet Sitters International Announces Finalists for 2012 Pet Sitter of the Year Award   By PRWEB

King, NC (PRWEB) November 30, 2012

Pet Sitters International (PSI) has selected its top-five finalists for the 2012 Pet Sitter of the Year Award. First awarded by PSI in 1995, the Pet Sitter of the Year designation is the industrys highest honor and recognizes true excellence for the in-home pet-care profession.

PSI congratulates the following top-five finalists who will move forward to the next round of judging for the 2012 award:

  •     Judy LaFave, Missing U Pet Sitting, Inc., Merrionette Park, Ill.
  •     Colleen McDonough, Barks and Blooms, Baldwin, Md.

  •     Gina Patrick, Tall Tails Petsitting Service, Slidell, La.
  •     Vanessa Sorace, Zoo Sitters, LLC, Cape May Court House, N.J.
  •     Lyn Sykes, Thoughts4Paws, Aledo, Texas

Nominees are evaluated on stringent criteria including client recommendations, variety of pets cared for, variety of clients served and services offered, as well as the quantity and quality of nominations. PSIs Pet Sitter of the Year serves as an example to the industry and pet-owning public and embodies the qualities of passion and professionalism.

This years nominations leave no question as to the significant role pet sitters play in the lives of their pet-owning clients, said Patti Moran, PSI president. From allowing clients to leave home with the peace-of-mind knowing that their pets are in good hands to serving as trusted pet-care advisors, these finalists are shining examples of this professions importance.

The five finalists move on to the next phase of the judging process and the winner will be selected by a committee including David Pearsall, vice president of Business Insurers of the Carolinas; Arden Moore, pet expert and founder of; and Jordan Di Marco, PSIs 2011 Pet Sitter of the Year .

Nominations for the award are received from professional pet-sitters clients, pet-care peers and pet professionals, such as veterinarians.

This year, more than 360 nominations were submitted. Nominees are evaluated based on adherence to PSIs Recommended Quality Standards, degree of professionalism and contributions made to his or her community and the pet-care industry at large.

The 2012 award is sponsored by Business Insurers of the Carolinas.

The Pet Sitter of the Year will be announced in January 2013. The winner, along with the other four finalists, will be recognized at PSIs 2013 Quest for Excellence Convention next September in the birthplace of the pet-sitting industry, Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

For more information about PSI, pet sitting as a profession or to locate a PSI pet sitter in your area, visit PSIs Web site at

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