So I work from home in order to support my four children through school. We’re all pretty avid animal lovers and have 10 guinea pigs living in our living room (yup, in the house), a hamster and a dog. We’ve always had animals and we’re pretty good at caring for them too (even if we do say so ourselves). One day I was trying to think of a way to utilise an empty space in our garden and I thought, why not offer it out to other people’s animals, whilst they’re on holiday, providing care, love and attention. And then it happened... I set up a small Facebook page in order to gauge interest and a woman’s refuge contacted me, the lady explained that often the animals that belonged to families were given up to rescues and families never saw their pets again, so would I consider a longer term boarding solution. I couldn’t think of a reason not to be involved so of course I said yes but obviously this had a cost implication, and the need to build the business quickly to get to the level that I may need to provide.
If I was successful with the crowd finding (and the NatWest competition) the money would initially go to buying state of the art homes for the guinea pigs and rabbits that will potentially be left in my care, they need much more space than people think, and I think it’s only fair to offer them that, even on a temporary basis, after all they’ve been thrown into crisis too. I would also build and maintain what I’m going to call a guinea pig oasis, a ‘secret garden’ type space in my garden where guinea pigs and rabbits can roam safely, through interesting and fun surroundings, offering a sensory experience too.
My vision is to offer the best possible pet care to my customers, so that they know when they’re on holiday, being supported in a women’s refuge or living out of a suitcase in a hotel, their animals are being looked after, by me and to the best of my ability.