Rebecca Profit opened Becky’s Boarding & Kennel in a perfect location in rural PEI.
She works as a casual at a local post office and also helps out at her parent’s business, Race Trac Gas bar in Alma. “I really wanted to find something else that could provide an income,” says Becky, who admits running a home on her own can be tough financially.
A few years ago when she purchased a farmhouse property in Deblois, an idea came to her. “I grew up on a farm, and loving and caring for animals came naturally. I decided to open a boarding and kennel service to provide a safe and caring environment for pets.
“I also keep goats and chickens, and as people asked to bring their children to see the animals, it drew attention to my new business.”
As she shared the daily activities at the farmhouse on Facebook and Instagram, to her surprise, the business grew. “Clients liked seeing daily photos of their pets enjoying the country life. When I posted that my goats would enjoy snacking on left-over Halloween pumpkins or Christmas trees, people were happy to drop off items and visit.
“On an average day, I could be caring for up to seven dogs, plus my own two,” says Becky. “So many dogs of various sizes and personalities can make life very fun, challenging and interesting. But I truly enjoy each moment.
“Some dogs have special diets, so they must be separated and not able to eat other foods. I walk the dogs all together. You would be surprised how fast they learn a routine.
“After exercise and outdoor play, we all settle in for an afternoon rest time. It can be a busy schedule.
“I charge $20 a day per pet. Owners supply the food and leashes. I purchase supplies such as dog food and treats. I have tried to maintain a small budget, and I purchased liability insurance. I am open to caring for other pets, or to offering a pick up or delivery service. I could also visit pets in their own homes.”
Skills needed to own and operate a boarding kennel:
- Ability to multitask and stick to a schedule
- Basic bookkeeping skills
- Ability to make sound decisions
Rebecca was eligible for funding through the SkillsPEI Self Employ program, which allows her to draw EI for a negotiated period of time. “This support is vital, because it ensures an income if and when I have a slower week.
“I look forward to where this business will take me and to the fur babies and owners I will meet along the way. I may even consider some form of expansion in the future.”
For more information, call Rebecca Profit at 902-856-1091 or visit www.facebook.com/Beckys-Boarding-Kennel or on Instagram at becky’sboardingkennel.
The Self Employ PEI program is funded in whole or in part through the Canada-PEI labour market agreements.