The previous couple of years have been a time of change and reflection for many individuals as they handled pandemic-related challenges. Although the circumstances might not have been glad, profiting from a state of affairs could make issues simpler.

For a few years, Angie Ily ran her personal enterprise to help herself by school, then acquired into the company world for the following 9 years doing undertaking administration and enterprise growth. During the pandemic, she offered her selfmade 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 a number 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 needed to move again into the company world or run a small enterprise. “Both come with perks and stresses,” she says.

She requested herself, “What have I never gotten bored with?” The reply — working with cats!

“I have been doing TNR [trap-neuter-return] and rescue for over 17 years, starting back when I was in college in NYC. In New York, TNR and cat rescue is ingrained in the culture, so it was a natural progression for me having lived there most of my adult 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 strive to provide a place cat owners can go to and ask just about anything as it relates to their cats, and get sensible and, hopefully, helpful feedback,” Angie says. “It’s also a place where people are encouraged to share their own lessons learned as a cat caretaker. What one person shares with me today may end up helping another person who walks in the store tomorrow.”

Whether a cat has well being points like choosy consuming, scarf-and-barfing or gastrointestinal issues, or conduct issues like litter field avoidance or separation anxiousness, the shop focuses on something cat.

While the shop continues to be new, Angie is hopeful she will be able to increase her efforts. Eventually, she’d like to maneuver into a much bigger area and help 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 might not be out of the query both. “It may come in the form of classes on how to trap or build shelters, or maybe a section in the store dedicated to colony management and TNR, which might feature things like traps, seasonal disposable shelters for colonies, or other odds and ends that make colony management and TNR much easier.”

In the meantime, Angie has already began serving to cats within the Houston space get what they should thrive.

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