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Vanessa Sorace of Zoo Sitters, LLC, in Cape May Court House has been named one of the top five finalists for the 2012 Pet Sitter of the Year Award from Pet Sitters International.
First awarded by PSI in 1995, the Pet Sitter of the Year designation is the industry’s highest honor for the in-home pet-care profession, according to a statement from the organization.
The top five finalists will move forward to the next round of judging for the 2012 award. In addition to Zoo Sitters, they include 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. and 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. PSI’s Pet Sitter of the Year serves as an example to the industry and pet-owning public and embodies the qualities of passion and professionalism, reads a statement from the organization.
“This year’s 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 profession’s 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 Fourleggedlife.com; and Jordan Di Marco, PSI’s 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 PSI’s Recommended Quality Standards, degree of professionalism and contributions made to his or her community and the pet-care industry at large.
The Pet Sitter of the Year will be announced in January. The winner, along with the other four finalists, will be recognized at PSI’s 2013 Quest for Excellence Convention next September in the birthplace of the pet-sitting industry, Winston-Salem, NC.
For more information about PSI, pet sitting as a profession or to locate a PSI pet sitter in your area, see www.petsit.com.