A teenager who set up a pet hotel for hamsters and rabbits for £ 2 a night while his owners are on vacation has already taken 400 bookings.
Tamzin Shipway, 13, got the idea earlier this year when her family was trying to find a professional pet sitter to take care of their bearded dragon, leopard gecko, turtle and rabbit while they were away.
She asked Mother Lisa, 46, if she could start her own business at the family home in Marlborough, Wiltshire as school holidays approached and coronavirus restrictions eased.
The school girl made flyers to toss through the local mailboxes and one Facebook site with Lisa’s help – and she’s been inundated with bookings ever since.
The makeshift hotel – called Tammy’s Small Pet Hotel – welcomes hamsters, gerbils, mice, rabbits, guinea pigs, bearded dragons, turtles, geckos and snakes.
Tamzin gets up every morning to cut fresh fruits and vegetables for their furry guests and combine them with the owners’ dry food.
She also does her own paperwork and records the animal’s name and length of stay in a spreadsheet on her laptop to manage the growing bookings.
The teen has hosted a dozen pets since Tammy’s Small Pet Hotel opened last month and has bookings through late September.
Tamzin said, “It was great. My favorite pastime so far is looking after the guinea pigs as I’ve never owned one.
“I’m just so shocked at the response it got.
“I want to do this as long as possible.”
Mama Lisa added, “It’s really great and we’ve had a great response.
“She pointed out that we had replacement huts and runs here, so we thought we’d give it a try.
“Tamzin is very disciplined with everything. She even made a spreadsheet so she can keep track of transactions.
“She charges £ 2 a day per pet. Most of that is spent on fresh fruits and vegetables, but all that’s left is Tamzin pocket money, which is nice.
“She wakes up in the morning and will feed the animals in front of herself.
“She knows it has to be done and has taken the responsibility in full swing.
“We want to open it up to budgies in the future, as there isn’t much around for them either.”
For more information on Tammy’s Small Pet Hotel, visit his Facebook site.