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HUNTINGTON, N.Y. (April 10, 2014) Long Island Pet Professionals, LLC, (LIPP), will be hosting the first Pet Sitters Roundtable ‘Best Practices’ on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 from 3pm to 6pm at the Huntington Hilton in Melville, NY.  The event will feature three guest expert panelists Robyn Elman, President of In Home Pet Services, Inc.; Theresa Cahill of A1 Critter Sitters and Beth Goldin of At Your Service LI.  The guest panelists will be lending their expert advice, answering questions and helping by giving tremendous business information. These three top pet sitters on Long Island combined have 30+ years of pet sitting and business experience.

If you are a pet sitter, thinking about starting your own pet sitting business or just starting out this is a must do event!  Some of topics that attendees can expect to be covered are:

  • Insurance and bonding why you must have; best recommendations for it.
  • Why working with other pet sitting companies will help your business, not hurt it.
  • Why all pet sitters should all be certified in pet first aid & CPR.
  • Professionalism at every level of your business.
  • Learn how to can help new clients overcome being wary of having a sitter come into their home.
  • How to properly market your pet business.
  • How to get recommended through other non-pet sitting businesses.
  • How to keep a stellar reputation.
  • Handling an emergency situation so the pet you’re caring for comes first, no matter what.
  • Hiring pet sitters to work for you – how to find the best help.
  • Handling demanding customers and much, much more!

There will also be Q & A during the session and handouts given to all attendees.

Nancy Hassel, President of Long Island Pet Professionals, will moderate this event.  Refreshments and lite fare will be served during the session.  An RSVP is required and there is only room for 25 pet professionals.

The cost for this networking event is $40.00 per person for official Members of Long Island Pet Professionals and $55.00 per person for Non-members. To RSVP for the event go to There is a limit of 25 people for the event and an RSVP is required ahead of time or there is an additional $10 at the door the night of the event.

For more information about Long Island Pet Professionals go to or for an interview with Nancy E. Hassel email or call (631) 446-1105.

About Long Island Pet Professionals, LLC
Long Island Pet Professionals, LLC, (LIPP), is a business networking group for the pet industry with members from Montauk to Manhattan and now nationwide! The organization offers in-person networking events with expert speakers offering their expertise on many different topics to help individuals and businesses grow, work together and unite the pet industry.  In addition to in-person networking events, Long Island Pet Professionals, LLC, also: host webinars for it’s members; is launching a new video series with interviews with top pet industry professionals; sends out a weekly pet events newsletter to 6,000+ pet lovers that covers events in the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut areas; and works with many rescue groups throughout the region. Founder and President of Long Island Pet Professionals, LLC, Nancy E. Hassel, also travels across the country attending pet business conferences and works with many of the organizers of such conferences to bring more expertise, knowledge, ideas and inspiration to its members.  The membership-based organization started in February 2009 and has been growing rapidly since its inception and has been voted Best Networking Group, First Place three years in a row for 2012, 2013 and 2014 by Long Island Press readers. In May of 2010, Nancy E. Hassel was inducted as a Fortune 52 Honoree for her work in the pet community and pet industry on Long Island and awarded a Citation by the Town of Islip in June of 2009 for her responsible Dog Ownership program within the town.  Hassel also publishes an online pet magazine for the area,, writes pet columns in numerous local newspapers and magazines, and offers public relations services for people in the pet industry.

About At Your Service LI
Beth Goldin is a Co-Owner of The Whimsical Pet Company® Inc. located in Huntington, NY. They feature At Your Service Long Island Pet Sitting in Your Home – offering pet sitting in the areas of Huntington, Huntington Station, Halesite, Lloyd Harbor, Cold Spring Harbor, Cold Spring Hills, Lloyd Neck, Melville, Dix Hills, Laurel Hollow, East Northport and Northport.  At Your Service Long Island provides loving quality care to all pets, from pets with fur to fins, and have over 10-years experience.  They feature daily visits and walks, overnight care, medicine given as no extra charge, and all pet professionals they employ are certified in pet first aid and CPR.  They partner with many other pet professionals in terms of recommending and sharing information necessary to insure that any client that contacts them receive the best care even if they are not available to provide the service.

About A1 Critter Sitters
We started A1 CRITTER SITTERS over 18 years ago and our mission and goal has always stayed the same: take care of our customers pets like they’re our own. And that means coming to you and your home for more than just a 30-minute visit or to feed them. We routinely walk, play and train your animal to make sure that they’re not just getting love, but they’re also getting some just deserved exercise.

About In Home Pet Services, Inc.
In Home Pet Services (IHPS) was started in 2003 by Robyn Elman, a former Zookeeper at the Wildlife Conservation Society at the Bronx Zoo, who also has a degree in Biology from Binghamton University.  With her love of animals and head for business, In Home Pet Services has quickly expanded to 11 locations, 10 of which are franchised.  Robyn’s own location is in Northeast Queens, NY. IHPS became a New York State Corporation in 2004, trademarked the In Home Pet Services name, and in 2006 created the franchise system. The first franchise location opened in Brooklyn, NY in April 2008 in Marine Park, and the other franchise locations are: Clinton Hill in Brooklyn; Forest Hills in Queens; Astoria in Queens; East Nassau on Long Island; Nassau’s Gold Coast on Long Island; South Nassau on Long Island; Merrick in Nassau on Long Island; Patchogue-Medford and Babylon in Suffolk County on Long Island.  Services IHPS offers are: pet sitting; dog walking; doggie day care camp; in-home boarding; bird clipping and more.  Robyn is also certified in and teaches Pet First Aid & CPR classes throughout New York City, Queens, and Long Island.  Robyn was awarded the Pet Safe Educator of the Year for 2011 by Pet Safe Coalition and IHPS was Voted first place for Long Island Press’s Best of LI for 2012, and 2nd place for Best of LI for 2013 and 2014 for the Pet Sitting/Boarding category.

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