Cattery owner optimistic despite impact of closures

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A Selattyn cattery owner offers advice to cat owners despite fears his business could shut down amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Samantha Davis, owner of Gyrn Cottage cattery, said she lost nearly 75% of her earnings for March after the coronavirus hit the country.

The business owner fears it will only get worse, with many customers being canceled and the added stress of living with her 78-year-old father.

“A few of my clients have offered to pay a cancellation fee which is gratefully received, but if this continues for several months, I will not be able to pay the mortgage or my bills,” said Samantha, who more 30 years old. experience working with domestic and wild animals.

“I also live with my father, and as I am self-employed, I do not receive sickness benefits. It will be very difficult if my father has to isolate himself for four months. ”

Despite her concerns, Samantha always offers her help to any pet owner who might need it.

“I expect a lot of animal breeding companies to be in the same situation,” she added.

“I will stay open as I have a few chats that are staying with me at the moment and a few reservations that have not yet been canceled, and I will try to help anyone who needs help looking after theirs. cats. ”

“I guess there are a lot of people who worry not only about themselves but also about their pets.

“A good tip for anyone living alone would be to keep all of the cat’s documents in the transport cage, along with a list of phone numbers and cat information – name, age, vet, what the cat eats. , any medical problem, temperament etc …

“In the past I have suggested that people leave a note somewhere prominent saying ‘In an emergency please contact Sam at the cattery and she will take care of my cat (s)’ with a phone number. of course and also indicating where the cat carrier is located. is located.

“It has worked very well in the past with less stress on the owner and the cat.

“This will give the owner the peace of mind that if anything should happen, his beloved companion will be taken care of.”

In light of the current situation, Samantha has also set up the Shropshire Cat Network, which offers cat owners advice and peace of mind, and anyone who can help them have the opportunity to do so.

She added, “I firmly believe that if we can put procedures in place now to help people and their cats, the future impacts of this unprecedented crisis can be mitigated if not avoided.

“It’s your website. It is a place where someone who needs help can ask for help and those who can help will offer to help.

Visit www.shropshirecatnetwork.co.uk for more information.

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