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Are Pet Sitting Orgs Like PSI and NAPPS Worth The Money? [poll]

psi-nappsPet Sitters International (PSI) and National Association of Professional Pet Sitters (NAPPS) are the two big players in the professional pet sitter association circle.

PSI alone boasts more than 8000 members (that’s a lot of pet sitters) and the Internet is littered with articles claiming anyone can make money pet sitting.

But how much good are they really providing us with?

PSI and NAPPS both claim similar goals and benefits:

  • To educate the pet sitter
  • To promote pet sitting to pet owners
  • To give exposure to pet sitters across the country
  • To provide networking opportunities
  • Annual conferences
  • Quarterly magazines
  • Bonding and Insurance (through partners)
  • Searchable pet sitting directory
  • Pet sitting certification
  • Health care benefits


When my wife and I launched our pet sitting business, we chose to hop on the PSI bandwagon.  The first thing we did was slap their logo on our website and submit ourselves to the pet sitter business locator so pet owners could potentially find us.

I’ve heard varying degrees of success from other pet sitters regarding the locator (directory).  Some get a good portion of new clients that way, while others get zero.

I do flip through PSI’s quarterly mag when I have some free time and find it mildly educational.

For $140 per year (PSI) or $160 per year (NAPPS), you can join either of these organizations and call yourself a member.

So, Is It Worth The Money? Take Our Poll.

I’ve been reading a lot lately about pet sitters choosing not to join PSI or NAPPS because they don’t feel like it’s worth it.  And that the only true benefit may be to post the organizations’ badge on their website.

But the bigger questions are:

  • Is membership worth it?
  • Do they succeed in their claims?
  • Do your potential clients care, or know the difference, whether you are a member or not?

What has your experience been? Take our poll, and leave your thoughts below with the answers to the Qs above…

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About Joshua Cary

Joshua Cary is an all around good guy. He is a filmmaker, web builder and business owner. He is a pet sitting business trainer, coach and instructor and has a passion for helping pet sitters build a strong business through a strong website. Joshua is also the co-founder of the Association of Pet Sitting Excellence (you should really check that out).

  • http://www.AnimalsReign.com/blog Vicki Holt

    I will reserve my comments for PSI, because I have never belonged to NAPPS. I belonged to PSI when I was a new pet sitter. I averaged about 2 referrals a year from their zip code locator. Since switching to PetsitUSA's zip code locator, I've gotten ten times that many referrals per year. PSI's insurance and bonding partners charge more than an independent pet sitting insurance provider but for the most part do not provide anything extra for the excess charge. I too found the magazine mildly interesting, but rarely educational. I have found PSI very poor at promoting pet sitting in general nationwide. They have partnerd with a franchise and promote that limited group of pet sitters. I have never seen any effective networking opportunities through PSI except the conferences, which can be attended without becoming a PSI member. The best nationwide networking occurs on the independent Yahoo Groups. PSI's health care insurance is not available in all states. And last, in more than 8 years of pet sitting, I have never had a single client ask if I belonged to a professional organization, so PSI has no marketing value for me whatsoever.

    • Russ

      What insurance do you use?

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    Completely agree with your post – nicely put too!

  • http://www.gopetarticles.com/ Free Pets Articles

    Completely agree with your post – nicely put too!

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