Pet pas­sion pay­ing off

The Weekend Post - - News -

Allysha Sordelli (above) is a woman turn­ing her pas­sion into a steady source of in­come, start­ing a pet­sit­ting and car­ing busi­ness.

ALI­CIA NALLY owner is on hol­i­days, away for health rea­sons or is on a busi­ness trip.

Her days are spent vis­it­ing dogs, birds and cats in prop­er­ties on the north­ern beaches and feed­ing, walk­ing and groom­ing them while their own­ers are on hol­i­days or at work.

Ms Sordelli hosts some an­i­mals at her home and also has two dogs of her own.

With a Cer­tifi­cate II in An­i­mal Stud­ies, the Smith­field res­i­dent started a zo­ol­ogy de­gree at James Cook Uni­ver­sity, which she has de­ferred, but loves com­bin­ing an­i­mals with work.

“I have al­ways loved work­ing with an­i­mals and one day my friends asked me to pet sit her dog and, I thought, this could be a good way to make money,” she said.

“Pets are very pop­u­lar. Some­times peo­ple don’t want to put them in shel­ters be­cause some­times they can be a bit over­whelm­ing for house pets.

“Get­ting to pat and play with dogs and cats and all the fun that comes with that is by far the best part of the job.”

But Ms Sordelli said the only ma­jor down­side was a back­log of po­ten­tial clients.

“I’m only one per­son. In a week, I can look af­ter be­tween eight and 10 an­i­mals de­pend­ing on whether they’re with me long term or short term,” she said. “It was a bit dif­fi­cult de­vel­op­ing a client base at the start ... I wasn’t good at net­work­ing but I’m get­ting there and the busi­ness is grow­ing.”

DREAM JOB: Allysha Sordelli owns Cairns Crit­ter Sit­ter.

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