JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – We love our pets dearly and deal with them as family members. We gained’t go away them with simply anybody.
That’s why one pet boarding enterprise stayed open through the coronavirus pandemic. The husband and spouse group that personal Dogtopia in San Marco really perceive what it’s wish to go to work when others are operating the opposite approach.
Ali Kasraeian is a physician and hasn’t been capable of earn a living from home through the pandemic.
That’s a part of the rationale the Kasraeians opened the enterprise lower than a mile from Baptist Well being hospital two years in the past. They wished to accommodate well being care staff who work lengthy shifts.
However COVID-19 modified the sport and enterprise is down 70%, they stated.
However they determined to remain open to assist first responders who wouldn’t be capable to have a pet in the event that they didn’t have a spot to board them.
Kevin Hodges is a lieutenant with Jacksonville Fireplace and Rescue and his canine, Holmes, is actually a part of the household. However he stated it wouldn’t be unimaginable to maintain his buddy if locations like Dogtopia weren’t open through the COVID storm.
“They make it attainable for firemen like myself to have canines. With out them doing what they will we in all probability couldn’t have a canine so that they’re actually large for us,” says Hodges.
Addie Kasraeian is an element proprietor and she or he stated her prospects say a number of the pet boarding companies needed to quickly shut down. Whereas enterprise is down, it was nonetheless vital that they keep open, she stated. It isn’t only for first responders however for anybody who wants to provide their pet a secure play date.
“It’s exhausting to have a teleconference when your canine is doing ‘zoomies’ within the background or your canine is barking within the background. They only like it they’ve a good time they get to play with your pals and get all of the vitality out after which if you’re drained they’re drained,” Kasraeian stated.
Dogtopia has cameras so as to examine in in your pet to ensure it’s doing nicely. They’re additionally open weekends and are dedicated to staying open to ensure our first responders don’t have to fret about their furry buddies.
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