Pet sitting appears to be one business that will continue to offer opportunities for growth despite the economic downturn. Nearly two-thirds of U.S. households have a pet, including some 73 million dogs, 90 million cats and 16 million birds, along with fish, hamsters and other animals. Last year, Americans spent an estimated $47.7 billion on them. [source: National Association of Professional Pet Sitters].
Pet sitters are professional animal caregivers who look after pets at the owner's home while the pet parent is away at work, on vacation or elsewhere. Professional pet sitting allows owners to confidently leave their pets at home -- rather than boarding them at a kennel or veterinarian's office -- knowing that the pets will receive the love and care they deserve and be able to maintain their eating and exercise routines.
For retired pet lovers, sitting provides the pet ownership experience without any of the costs. Other benefits include flexible hours and "customers" who are always happy to see you.