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New Online Guide Provides Resources for Families, Pet Sitters and More

Waltham, MA--February 7, 2008-- With nearly two-thirds of all households in the United States owning at least one pet, families face a big decision when deciding which type of pet to welcome into their home. To help families better prepare for finding their next pet or answer questions about the pets they already own, (, the premier source of trustworthy family care options, has launched the Family Pet Guide -- a comprehensive online resource that makes the process of searching for a pet less stressful.

Confused about which dog breed is best for a household with young kids? Curious about which cats are better indoors versus outdoors?'s Family Pet Guide provides a comprehensive breed-by-breed listing of dogs, cats and small mammals to answer the basic questions that many families have when deciding which animal is right for their home. The guide is also an ideal resource for current pet owners or animal sitters to provide answers to the inevitable questions that often arise regarding medical or behavioral issues. surveyed many of its members, ranging from experienced dog sitters and cat sitters to everyday owners, to get their frank and honest insights to the breeds included in the Family Pet Guide. Coupled with information from breed-specific resources, the guide addresses the reality of ownership and pet care needs for each breed.

"We are excited to add the Family Pet Guide to our collection of pet care resources," said Sheila Marcelo, Founder and CEO of "For first-time pet owners or families looking to bring an additional pet into the household, this is a great resource to answer all of those lingering questions and ultimately find the right match. Caring for a pet can be a daunting task, so in designing the Family Pet Guide we wanted to provide a practical resource that will provide guidance to pet owners and pet sitters alike."

Whether looking for a playful pup for the kids or a companion pet for an elderly relative,'s Family Pet Guide provides a great starting point to browse various animal breeds and species. With detailed information on training and exercise needs, grooming requirements and compatibility ratings, the Family Pet Guide takes the guesswork out of buying your next pet. From essential information such as "Which cats are actually hypoallergenic" to fun facts such as "What famous individuals have owned cocker spaniels," developed the Family Pet Guide to bring information previously spread across multiple resources all in one place. The guide also provides links to additional resources on each breed or species for families looking to do further research.

In addition to the Family Pet Guide, provides pet care listings for pet sitters, groomers, dog walkers and more in neighborhoods across the country. Added enhancements including mom-reviewed provider information, free background checks and recorded reference interviews have made the premier solution for addressing the pet care needs of families. These critical measures offer users an added layer of confidence and security when making important decisions regarding the care of your family's loved ones.

Launched in May 2007, connects people seeking qualified caregivers with a national network of trusted providers. With local search options currently available in more than 30 major cities across the United States,'s online marketplace provides a network of care providers in areas including child care, pet care, tutoring and senior care.

For more information on's Family Pet Guide, visit

Founded in 2006, is the largest and fastest growing service used by families to find high-quality caregivers, providing a trusted place to easily connect, share caregiving experiences and get advice. The company addresses the unique lifecycle of care needs that each family goes through-child care, special needs care, tutoring and lessons, senior care, pet care, housekeeping and more. The service helps families find and select the best care possible based on detailed profiles, background checks and references for hundreds of thousands of mom-reviewed providers who seek to share their services. Through its for Recruiters service, also enables companies to find high-quality caregiving employees. For more information, visit

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