Pet Sitters International (PSI), the world’s leading educational association for professional pet sitters, has released its 2018 State of the Industry Survey, revealing that PSI’s member pet-sitting businesses performed more than 22 million pet-sitting assignments and generated more than $440 million in petsitting revenues last year. While these statistics are worldwide, a closer look at PSI’s Canadian members found that going to the cats and dogs is paying off for professional pet-sitting businesses in Canada. According to the survey, PSI’s member businesses in Canada served an average of 91 clients and performed an average of 1,593 pet-sitting assignments per business in 2017. The average gross revenue for Canadian pet sitters in 2017 was $61,208.51 — considerably more than the average wage of $51,000/year for Canadian employees reported by Statistics Canada.
“While our Canadian membership numbers are relatively small — a little more than 200 member businesses—we expect to see a growing number of professional pet-sitting and dog-walking businesses in Canada as pet owners become increasingly savvy in their pet-care choices,” said PSI Founder and President Patti J. Moran. “Demand — and revenue potential — will continue to increase for professional pet sitters and dog walkers who are willing to maintain professional business credentials, such as pet sitter insurance and bonding and take advantage of continuing education opportunities for pet-care businesses,” added Moran. To learn more about PSI or professional pet sitting as a career, visit www.petsit.com. To find your local professional pet sitter, take advantage of PSI’s free pet-sitter search by postal code at petsit.com/locate5