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 pleased, taking advantage of a state of affairs could make issues simpler.
For a few years, Angie Ily ran her personal enterprise to assist herself by faculty, then bought into the company world for the following 9 years doing challenge administration and enterprise growth. Throughout the pandemic, she bought her home made macarons a pair instances a month at flea markets to assist fund her pet- rescue efforts. It mixed two of her passions — macarons and cat rescue.
Like lots of people 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 go 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 after 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 attempt to offer a spot cat house owners 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 realized as a cat caretaker. What one individual shares with me at this time could find yourself serving to one other one that 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 nervousness, the shop makes a speciality of something cat.
Whereas the shop remains to be new, Angie is hopeful she will be able to increase her efforts. Ultimately, she’d like to maneuver into an even bigger area 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 along with her TNR roots is probably not out of the query both. “It could come within the type of courses on how you can lure or construct shelters, or possibly 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.
For extra info, go to thekittyboedga.com