Pet Sitters International (PSI) has named Carrie Feinberg, owner of Safe Haven Advocate Pet Care & Photography, LLC in Elgin, Illinois, the 2016 Pet Sitter of the Year. PSI, the world’s largest educational association for professional pet sitters, presents this award annually to a pet sitter who embodies the passion and professionalism of the pet-sitting industry.
“My pet-sitting business is my 24-hour life, and the pets I care for are my heartstrings,” Feinberg said. “I do my best to go above and beyond the call of duty whenever possible, and to be recognized with this award from PSI is such an honor.”
PSI made the announcement during the 23rd annual Professional Pet Sitters Week, which runs March 5-11. Feinberg will serve as the public face of PSI’s more than 6,000 member businesses and represent the professional pet-sitting industry throughout 2017.
“The hundreds of nominations we receive for this award each year demonstrate how needed—and appreciated—professional pet sitters are, and selecting only one winner is a nearly impossible task,” PSI President Patti J. Moran said. “The peace of mind Carrie provides to her clients and her commitment to providing top-notch pet care was highlighted in nomination after nomination.”
Clients described Carrie as both an “animal expert” and a “saint,” and many commented on her experience in the veterinary field and how she is able to detect slight changes in their pets’ behavior that may necessitate intervention by the veterinarian.
In addition to owning her pet-sitting business, Feinberg has worked in the veterinary field since 2006 with experience at both a day practice and emergency veterinary hospital. She is a certified professional pet sitter, is trained in pet first aid and CPR, and is a fear free certified professional.
PSI received more than 400 nominations for the 2016 award. Nominations are submitted by professional pet-sitters’ clients, pet-care peers and pet professionals such as veterinarians.
Feinberg will be officially crowned at PSI’s 2017 Pet Sitter World Educational Conference & Expo in New Orleans, Louisiana, this September.
The other top-five finalists in the 2016 Pet Sitter of the Year competition were:
- Julie Gajewski, Fuzzy Friends Pet Care, LLC, Brandon, Florida
- Martha Gonzalez, There Fur You Professional Pet Sitting, San Antonio, Texas
- Liz Hyde, Pet Charmers Pet Sitting and Dog Walking, LLC, Gastonia, North Carolina
- Belinda Peeks, Sit-N-Stay, LLC, Smyrna, Georgia
To learn more about PSI’s Pet Sitter of the Year award, locate a PSI member pet sitter in your area or request more information about pet sitting as a profession, visit PSI’s website at www.petsit.com or call (336) 983-9222, option 1.