The previous couple of years have been a time of change and reflection for many individuals as they handled pandemic-related challenges. Though the circumstances could not have been glad, benefiting from a state of affairs could make issues simpler.
For a few years, Angie Ily ran her personal enterprise to assist herself by means of faculty, then obtained into the company world for the following 9 years doing undertaking administration and enterprise growth. Through the pandemic, she bought her home made macarons a pair occasions a month at flea markets to assist fund her pet- rescue efforts. It mixed two of her passions — macarons and cat rescue.
Like a whole lot of of us throughout this time, she was considering what to do subsequent because the world was altering. She loves macarons, however making them can show difficult, so opening a bakery won’t be prudent. She additionally wasn’t positive if she wished to move again into the company world or run a small enterprise. “Each include perks and stresses,” she says.
She requested herself, “What have I by no means gotten uninterested in?” The reply — working with cats!
“I’ve been doing TNR [trap-neuter-return] and rescue for over 17 years, beginning again once I was in faculty in NYC. In New York, TNR and cat rescue is ingrained within the tradition, so it was a pure development for me having lived there most of my grownup life.”
A one-stop store for cats
Angie determined to open a retail retailer to serve the wants of cats. The Kitty Bodega opened on March 1 in Houston, Texas, the place she now resides.
“I try to supply a spot cat homeowners can go to and ask absolutely anything because it pertains to their cats, and get smart and, hopefully, useful suggestions,” Angie says. “It’s additionally a spot the place persons are inspired to share their very own classes discovered as a cat caretaker. What one individual shares with me immediately could find yourself serving to one other one who walks within the retailer tomorrow.”
Whether or not a cat has well being points like choosy consuming, scarf-and-barfing or gastrointestinal issues, or habits issues like litter field avoidance or separation anxiousness, the shop focuses on something cat.
Whereas the shop continues to be new, Angie is hopeful she will broaden her efforts. Ultimately, she’d like to maneuver into an even bigger house and assist a greater variety of well being, apothecary and wellness merchandise, she says. She would additionally like extra room to show bigger cat furnishings and construct out a freezer part for uncooked meals, treats and ice lotions.
Getting again in contact together with her TNR roots is probably not out of the query both. “It might come within the type of lessons on entice or construct shelters, or perhaps a bit within the retailer devoted to colony administration and TNR, which could characteristic issues like traps, seasonal disposable shelters for colonies, or different odds and ends that make colony administration and TNR a lot simpler.”
Within the meantime, Angie has already began serving to cats within the Houston space get what they should thrive.
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