AN ANIMAL-LOVER is setting up her ‘dream’ pet care business after winning a national competition.
Sarah Lamb, from Gleadless Valley in Sheffield, is to launch her venture to provide dog walking and pet care in people’s homes when they are on holiday.
The 24-year-old, of Leighton Road, won £1,000 to help her set up her new business after entering a competition staged by the new Trinity Leeds shopping centre, which opens this spring.
Sarah, who owns seven cats, once dreamed of becoming a vet and has an impressive menagerie of 14 pets in total, including rats, rabbits and Akita dogs.
She said: “I’ve always been passionate about animal care.
“This is something I’ve always wanted to do. “I will go round and look after people’s pets in their own homes so they don’t have the stress of going into kennels and catteries.
“Thanks to the funding I’m going to have my dream come true.”
The contest asked people what they would like to achieve in the 12 months before the centre opened.
Judges said Sarah’s application stood out because of her aim to build a successful business from a personal passion.
Trinity Leeds will also help to provide Sarah with relevant courses, insurance and publicity to build her new career over the next year.
She added: “To have my own pet care business means an enormous amount to me.
“To be given the chance to do what I love for a living, to wake up every day excited to go to work, is very special.
“I am so grateful to Trinity Leeds for giving me the chance to achieve what I would otherwise struggle to do alone.”
Paul Smith, the shopping centre’s development marketing manager, said: “Sarah has certainly inspired us with her positive, professional attitude and a clear aspiration of what she wants to achieve with the help of Trinity Leeds.”