What Is Pet Sitters Associates?


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Pet Sitters Associates (PSA) is a directory of U.S. pet care businesses and a provider of insurance for pet businesses. The company is based in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and has business hours from noon to 4:00 p.m. CTL, Monday through Friday. Pet Sitters Associates has been providing specialty insurance since 1998. Many pet businesses proclaim, on their websites, that they are insured by Pet Sitters Associates.

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As of July 2014, the free directory of members includes more than 4,100 pet business, such as sitters, boarders, walkers, groomers, transporters, trainers and pooper scoopers. The initial search is done by zip code.

Annual insurance rates for pet businesses start at $185 for general liability and $285 for broad form insurance and bonding as of July 2014. Premiums increase when owners add spouses, employees, business partners, locations and directory listings. Business owners must be members of Pet Sitters Associates to buy insurance. Professional United Pet Sitters (PUPS) received substantial discounts on insurance from PSA as of July 2014. A special discount code is needed when pet sitters renew their insurance.

PetsitUSA recommends that every pet sitting business be licensed, bonded and insured. Although pet sitters do not need formal training, getting insurance, bonds and licenses covers business owners in case there are accidents or property is damaged.

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