Gina's Home & Pet Patrol
Addiscombe, Croydon, London
Dog Walking; A lunchtime group walk (max 4 dogs) to exercise your pet while you are at work. We collect and return your dog from/to your home. Our walks are through fields and wooded areas, with plenty of opportunity for ball play for the energetic, or a sedate stroll for the older dogs. Towel dried if wet, water bowls are checked and, if required, food or a treat can be given before leaving your pet to sleep the afternoon away!
Pet to Vet taxi service; Collection, wait and return home for owners without transport. For disabled/housebound clients we can collect your pet and take them, with full instructions, to the vet.. stay with them in the surgery and return with meds and a consultation explanation for you.
Cat Feeding; For owners away on holiday we make home visits to care for cats/small animals in the comfort of their own home. Meds (insulin/nebuliser/tablets/ointments) can be administered if necessary.
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What do you love most about your job?
I have always loved animals, from a young age I would walk neighbours dogs (for love, not money!)
At 12 years of age I volunteered and worked as a helper (feeding, mucking out, exercising horses/ponies) at a local Horse Rescue center.
I always wanted to work with animals, but didn't think I'd get the chance, and found myself working in offices for several years. The opportunity to start my own business, doing what I loved the most, caring for animals, has made the last 27 years the happiest I've known... I never get that 'Monday morning' feeling!
What inspired you to start your own business?
I was made redundant (along with 250 others) when our branch of an engineering company was sold to a firm up north. I heard about a woman in Brighton, who offered a cat feeding service as an alternative to a cattery.. and a mental light bulb went on - the chance to do what I really loved! I invested my redundancy money in training, and advertising, and began delivering leaflets and the slow process of building a client base. I was the very first pet sitting company in Croydon, so there was lots of interest, and enquiries. Word of mouth helped, and I soon got to know the local vets, who asked me if I would collect their customers and bring them to the surgery, and also to train to give meds so their clients could have a holiday. Dog walking naturally followed on, Nowadays 95% of my referrals are from vets, which is marvelous.
Why should our clients choose you?
As Croydon's first, and longest established pet care company, and with recommendations from local veterinary surgeries, you can feel secure in the knowledge that your pet will be safe and well cared for in our hands. My (only) assistant has worked for me for 15 years, and came from a veterinary surgery herself.
Police checked, fully insured, longest established and with a wealth of glowing references, we won't be the cheapest in the business, but we are certainly the most experienced. We are a small, friendly business, not a big franchise. Unlike a franchise, we never use sign written vehicles which advertise the fact that you are away from home.