For the past 22 years, Sheila Mitchell’s schedule has revolved around feeding times for a variety of animals cared for through her Pets at Home business.
Now Sheila from Westlea is looking forward to an end to clock watching and having time to spend with her husband as she winds down Pets at Home in April. She said, “we want the freedom to be able to do what we want. It’ll be nice to not have to get back for a five o’clock round and also not to have to get up with the sparrows.”
Pets at Home has cared for a variety of creatures from cats, rabbits and guinea pigs to birds, fish, snakes and lizards.
Sheila is proud that through all the years, she has never had to let anybody down. Even on her daughter’s wedding day, Sheila completed her morning round before the ceremony and interrupted her celebrations for tea time feedings.
“I will miss the pets and people; I’ve been doing it for so long that for many customers, I’ve looked after generations of their pets.”
Many pet owners have become good friends and will miss the reassurance of having Sheila visit their home. Not only has she fed pets, she has put out bins, looked after the house and dealt with the aftermath of burglaries whilst the owners return home.
Sheila, who is also giving up her role as a magistrate, has plans to travel with her husband, James. During his time serving with 9th/12th Royal Lancers the couple moved around Europe and want to revisit places they have lived.