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19/06/20

A secure future for boarding Kennels and Catteries

The financial impact of the Coronavirus is only just beginning to be felt. As some industries are more public in the challenges that they are facing due to the personal restrictions that have been put into place since early March this year. While the holiday industry may be making headlines one essential associated industry is currently being overlooked.

Boarding kennels are facing a particularly challenging future after seeing several years of increasing challenges caused by the emergence in pet-friendly accommodation and pet passports enabling people to take their dogs with them abroad.

Millions of holidaymakers have been forced to cancel or postpone their holidays this year while others have held off booking for fear of losing out. Up to 40% of these travelers would have been using one of the hundreds of ‘Boarding Kennels’ and ‘Catteries’ covering the country.

Many kennels are situated on agricultural farmland often with plenty of space for expansion, perfect for growing their business into ‘Pet Cremation’. While initially, operators of boarding kennels would not consider this an option, after learning more they soon realised the similarities and opportunities available to them.

We have worked with more than 100 pet crematoriums worldwide and have found that the majority are run by genuine animal lovers who care deeply about the experience of the pet owners. Modern pet crematoriums are highly discreet units than can be easily installed on agricultural land within a barn conversion or even a specially adapted container which can then be further clad to blend into its surroundings. The whole process is completely smoke and odour free and can be operated with minimal contact.

From our experiences when working with kennels which have chosen to branch out into pet cremation is that in some instances they have know the pets for most of their lives, boarding them as pups and then through the years as they have grown. Building relationships and trust with their owners who when the sad time has come have been hugely grateful for a friendly face and the comfort in knowing that their family pet will be looked after one last time to a very high standard at such an emotional moment. The kennels already have an established customer base to provide for in the future and with the potential earnings available from pet cremation have found that they are able to achieve a return on their initial investment in as little as 12 months and as our machines have an operational life expectancy of more than 20 years the financial benefits are clearly visible.

As industry leaders in the field we have potentially the widest selection of machines to suit all business plans, from being a small bolt-on service exclusively for existing customers through to full multi-chambered machines for kennels looking to make a real stand-alone business of pet cremation.

The sad truth is that as long as people have pets they will have a need of pet cremation services. It is not an industry that will be affected by environmental factors beyond control and can provide an essential boost in income for kennels with very little financial outlay beyond the initial purchase, which can be optimised through the use of one of several specialist finance and leasing providers we work with. Enabling the investment to be made with minimal financial impact.

If you want to learn more about the opportunities available with pet cremation you can contact Addfield today on +44(0) 1543 571280 or email sales@addfield.com.

To discover more about pet cremation read the following articles:

An overview of starting a pet crematorium click here.

A brief overview of the history of Pet Crematoriums click here.

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