We love our pets and want them to be safe, happy and well cared for even when we canít be there. You can start a business taking care of pets or create a product or service that is just right for their needs. Here are 25 suggestions to get you started.
1. PET FURNITURE: If you have a knack for making furniture, you can clean up by making fun furniture items for pets with nice padded cushions.
2. ANIMAL REGISTRATION & IDENTIFICATION SERVICE: This business photographs pets and creates a dossier to help identify them should the pet become lost. The information can be used to help locate the little one.
3. BIRD HOUSES: If you have a knack for building things, create custom designed bird houses.
4. PET PICK-UP: This is a more elegant title for a pooper scooper service. You target homeowners as your clients and clean up their yards once or twice a week. You charge by the hour or by the call. Consider hiring others.
5. PET BOOTS: You can make and sell boots for dogs. They will be a hit in urban areas where salt is routinely put on the icy and dirty streets.
6. PET FOOD DELIVERY: Perfect for people with lots of pets and a perfect service to sell to senior citizens. You cart the 25-pound bags of feed or food right to your customerís home.
7. SHUTTLE SERVICE: There are plenty of people who need to travel long distances each weekend. They are going off to their country home or going to visit relatives in another state. Often, they travel on train or air shuttle and canít take their beloved pet. You can start a business carting the pets in a van.
8. PHOTOGRAPHY: If you have a lot of patience and a good camera, start a business taking formal portraits or whimsical photos of pets.
9. CUSTOMIZED STUFFED ANIMALS: If you have a knack for crafts, consider making stuffed animals that look like specific pets. You can work from photos and sell these little creatures online or via mail order.
10. PHOTO T-SHIRTS: Pet-crazed individuals would love to have a T-shirt featuring a photo of their pet. A coffee mug, too, would be nice. Contact companies that provide personalized products (see our biz opp listing.
11. AQUARIUM SERVICE: You can start a very-high-profit venture designing, installing and maintaining aquariums for busy clients. Target industrial parks and medical offices where aquariums are popular. We know of one gentleman in upstate New York who pockets $1,000 a week for two dayís work. Most of his jobs are in just a few buildings so traveling time is cut to a minimum.
12. PLAYGROUND: This is different from doggie day care, because you are not spending all your time with the animals, but just providing overall supervision as they prance and play on your lot while their owners do their laundry, food shopping or complete other chores.
13. PET TAXI: It can be hard to get those little devils out to the car when the trip to the vet is over. Weíve all known someone whoís been late to work because they had to take the cat to the vet or drop the dog off to have its coat washed and groomed. You can start a business that helps people out by serving as a taxi cab for their pets.
14. BIRD CAGE MAINTENANCE & CARE: You can start a business setting up birds in bird cages and then return to maintain them. This is especially good for industrial plazas, doctorsí offices and legal firms.
15. PET HOTEL: Is there a need for a pet hotel in your town? Do you live in a resort area or a college town? Do most of the local hotels and motels have a ban on pets? You can take these pets in for the night or keep them for the week.
16. BIRTHDAY PARTIES: People with money and pets spend a lot on their critters. If you cater to upscale clients you can bank on a fortune by providing dog owners with birthday parties for their pets.
17. PET WASH AND GO: There are a lot of people who have trouble giving their dogs a bath. You can make some nice money offering this wash-and-go service. For many consumers, it is not worth the hassle to try this at home.
18. DESIGNER DOG HOUSES: Are you a handyman who needs a new project? Consider creating your own line of dog houses. You can make these homes look like well-known structures such as The White House, Roman temples, and Versailles.
19. SELL PET PRODUCTS: You can buy pet goods and foods and accessories and sell them yourself, either through mail order, through flea markets or by developing your own catalog. You can purchase the goods at wholesale prices and then resell them.
20. PET SITTING/WALKING: Thereís no one home to care for poochie! You can charge by the hour or by the day or by the visit. For more information, contact the National Association of Pet Sitters, by visiting their website at National Association of Professional Pet Sitters.
21. MATCHING SERVICE: You match pets to people and match different breeds of specific animals to your clients.
22. CUSTOMIZED PILLOWS: Personalized products are always a hit. The pillows could feature pet-themed fabrics or come monogrammed.
23.PET DAY CARE: You watch pets for the day or the hour. Charge a minimum to ensure that youíll make money for short stays, too.
24. GROOMING SERVICE: Youíll need to look into grooming schools. Consider becoming an apprentice with a recognized business in your community and then branch out on your own.
25. PET FINDER SERVICE: A lost pet is a crisis. Itís a magical thing when the pet reappears.

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