April 17, 2019

IBPSA Founder Carmen Rustenbeck on CBS This Morning

IBPSA founder, Carmen Rustenbeck, was featured today in a news story on CBS This Morning making this important point: “If you had a child would you just accept a person on an app to take care of your child or would you do more investigation? And that’s what I encourage all pet owners to do.” News anchor Gayle King – just named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People (congratulations) – really liked Carmen’s point. Watch the full news […]
April 17, 2019

Nominations for Pet Care Business Excellence Awards Now Open!

IBPSA is pleased to announce nominations are now open for the first IBPSA Pet Care Business Excellence Awards (“the Ibbys”). Awards will be presented to winning pet care services providers and industry vendors at the Seventh Annual IBPSA Pet Care Services Educational Conference & Trade Show on Tuesday, October 1, 2019, at the Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa near Palm Springs, California. IBPSA is thrilled to be able to specially honor those raising the bar for professionalism and success […]
August 3, 2018

Through a Dog’s Eyes: Putting a Dog’s Safety, Needs, Feelings First

Through a Dog’s Eyes: The Basics of Putting a Dog’s Safety, Needs, and Feelings First is just one of the articles from Pet Care Pro Quarterly, IBPSA’s digital magazine for pet care services professionals. Read the current issue online here. AND smart pet care will be tackled in sessions at the upcoming IBPSA conference. Learn more and register at petcareconference.com. By Laurie Wagner At Doggie Fun & Fitness in Kingston, Massachusetts, home of the Quiet Dog Daycare Workshop, a therapeutic environment […]
April 27, 2018

No Pet First Aid Kit? No Problem! Use These Mutt-gyver Tricks

No Pet First Aid Kit? No Problem! Render aid to injured pets using Mutt-gyver tips and tricks is just one of the articles from Pet Care Pro Quarterly, IBPSA’s digital magazine for pet care services professionals. Read the current issue online here. By Arden Moore, Pet Health and Safety Coach As pet professionals, you count on the valuable items inside a pet first aid kit. You can reach with confidence for the tick-removal comb to pluck out this parasite on […]
November 1, 2017

Marijuana Poisoning in Dogs

Just one of the articles from Pet Care Pro Quarterly, IBPSA’s digital magazine for pet care services professionals. Read the current issue online here. by Justine A. Lee, DVM, DACVECC, DABT Board-certified veterinary emergency critical care specialist and toxicologist Consultant, ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center With the legalization of marijuana in several states, there has been an increased prevalence of accidental exposure to dogs, cats, and children within the past few years.1-3 This can occur with the accidental ingestion of […]
July 14, 2017

For Consumers: Are You Asking the Right Questions?

Whether you plan on boarding your pet for a day or a week, make sure you know who is caring for your family member. Ask questions! To help pet parents choose the best pet care for their furry family members, IBPSA has a handy, downloadable guide with 29 key questions to ask when interviewing a potential pet care facility. The guide, which can also be printed and distributed as a trifold for sharing, is also perfect for concerned citizen groups […]
January 30, 2017

Estate Planning For Your Pets

What happens to pets when their owners die? How do you make sure your pets will be cared for? And, even before death, what happens if you become ill or move into a care facility where pets are not allowed? Every month, IBPSA offers at least one free webinar exclusively for our Members. But, as we believe this month’s webinar is a crucially important discussion, we’re opening it up to everyone. On February 1st, attorney and author Peggy Hoyt will […]
January 17, 2017

Meet a Member: Woofington, Luxury Petite Dog Resort & Spa

By Carmen Rustenbeck, IBPSA Executive Director & Founder Last year, IBPSA asked our Members about how they care for senior pets. We were incredibly impressed by this answer from Lisa, co-owner of Woofington, Luxury Petite Dog Resort & Spa: “We are a brand-new facility just west of Minneapolis, Minnesota, in an affluent lake community.  We designed our facility to not only have the most up-to-date sanitization practices, but also for the extreme comfort of our pet guests.  Our facility is […]
January 6, 2017

Congratulations to Newly PACCC Certified IBPSA Members!

This is massive news for the pet care services industry and pet parents! The first Certified Professional Animal Care Providers (CPACP) have been announced by Professional Animal Care Certification Council – PACCC and we’re THRILLED to see that a WHOPPING 65% are IBPSA Members! We are proud to offer the resources pet care pros need to succeed. Congratulations to this pioneering group in our amazing family of caring pet care providers! Here is what one newly credentialed IBPSA Member told […]
August 19, 2016

Senior Pet Boarding Stories

This summer, we read a heartbreaking story about a senior dog that was seriously abused by a pet sitter hired through a popular online service. While it was difficult to see, it reminded IBPSA of why we do what we do. Why we’re proud of our membership and our commitment to education, training, and Code of Conduct. The reason the caring and concerned pet owner offered as to why he chose an in-home pet sitter was he “worried about how […]