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Our Mission

The only national, non-profit, professional pet sitting association dedicated to raising and abiding by industry standards. We support members with education, certification and the resources to operate successful businesses. 
Our community welcomes pet sitters and pet parents.


The most respected authority in professional pet sitting.



 NAPPS celebrates the entrepreneur and embraces your right to run your professional pet sitting business your way within the parameters of the law while always safeguarding the health and welfare of pets and possessions under your care, custody and control. It is suggested you always consult an expert or legal professional and understand that practices and laws can vary from local, state, tribal and federal levels. NAPPS highly recommends that members carry and maintain specific pet services liability insurance.

Conference/Networking/Webinar sessions presented to you are for your information only and do not necessarily represent the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters’ ethos, policies, or suggested business practices.

As a pet-focused organization, NAPPS encourages the use of humane and positive techniques when caring for and handling animals.


The statement below is all inclusive and extends to the association and its operations
(networking events, forum locations, etc.).  
The National Association of Professional Pet Sitters does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age*, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or
military status, in any of its activities or operations.
*under 18, a Youth Education Program will be available soon

Board of Directors

Past President 


The National Association of Professional Pet Sitters (NAPPS) was founded in 1989 by a small group of pet sitters. Four years later, NAPPS incorporated as a nonprofit membership organization in order to provide support and serve as a voice for the expanding industry.

As the association grew, NAPPS services and benefits increased, raising the organization's standards of excellence. Membership now hovers around 2,200 pet sitters nationwide. NAPPS continues to flourish and grow, proudly expanding opportunities and services offered to professional pet caretakers and pet parents alike.

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Cathleen Delaney
Administrative Director
Roger King
Social Media Contact

NAPPS Charity 

Recognizing the tremendous need for service dogs among veterans of the United States military, the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters (NAPPS) has selected K9s For Warriors as its official charity.

A nonprofit based in Northeast Florida, K9s For Warriors is the nation’s largest service dog organization for military veterans. We serve post-9/11 active duty service members and veterans diagnosed with Post-traumatic Stress (PTS), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and/or Military Sexual Trauma (MST). These afflictions can cause a host of debilitating psychological symptoms, resulting in crippling anxiety, drug dependency, isolation, and ultimately suicidal ideation. The VA estimates 20 veterans a day die by suicide. Our mission is to end veteran suicide by giving warriors a new “leash” on life in the form of a highly-trained service dog.

Help K9 Warriors