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Pet Sitters International(PSI) has entered into a partnership with Sterling Infosystems, a global company in background screening services that lends its services to thousands of in-home providers.

PSI was formed in 1994 and is touted as the world’s largest educational association for professional pet sitters, representing more than 7,000 independent professional pet-sitting businesses in the United States, Canada and abroad. As part of their commitment to its customers and members, Sterling allows PSI members to complete background checks within as little as 24 hours and is renowned for delivering information quickly, accurately and securely.

PSI President Patti Moran reported, “The vast majority of pet sitters are compassionate, responsible people, but every profession has its bad apples. Pet owners should keep in mind that when hiring a service provider, like a pet sitter who will be in their homes unsupervised, precautions should be taken to ensure the safety and security of their property and pets. Requesting a clean background check prior to hiring a pet sitter can ease any fears and help ensure that pets and property receive the highest level of care.”

PSI serves almost 750,000 clients each year, according to their 2011 State of the Industry Survey. The number is increasing, and this means pet owners are become more aware and concerned about the safety and security of their homes. Clients can be provided with proof of clean criminal history on themselves and all employees or independent contractors representing them by Sterling Infosystems.

So that pet owners are aware of how to have a background verification conversation with any potential pet caregivers, PSI created a 10-points of due diligence document.

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