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From Classrooms to Cat Care: The Cat Butler Expands to the West Midlands

Driven by a love for cats and a desire for change, Sharon Turner leaves behind a 30-year teaching career to become a The Cat Butler franchisee, providing peace of mind to pet owners in Stourbridge and surrounding areas.
Added on: 03 Jul, 2024 Posted by: Sandra James 3 min read (496 words)

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Sharon Turner has made the bold transition from a long career in teaching to becoming a The Cat Butler business owner providing professional cat sitting in Brierley Hill, Cradley Heath, Dudley, Kingswinford, Rowley Regis, Stourbridge and surrounding areas in the West Midlands.  After 30 years of service in education, Sharon realised it was time for a significant change. This is the story of how she moved from the classroom to caring for cats and why she chose The Cat Butler.

What Did Life Look Like Before You Joined The Cat Butler?

Before joining The Cat Butler, I spent 30 years teaching, a profession that became increasingly stressful and paperwork-heavy over time. I was disheartened by the direction education was taking and felt perpetually tired and anxious. I realised I needed a complete change of pace and wanted to take control of my future.

Why Cat Sitting?

I have always loved cats and understood the anxiety that comes with leaving them, even for short periods. The idea of a cattery never appealed to me, and I often had no one to check in on my cats. While searching for a solution, I discovered The Cat Butler. The thought of working for myself and spending time with beautiful cats was incredibly appealing.

What Was It About The Cat Butler that Appealed to You?

The Cat Butler immediately stood out to me for its professionalism and understanding of what cat owners need. Unlike other pet sitters, they focus exclusively on cats, which reassured me as a fellow cat lover. However, I noticed there wasn't a Cat Butler in my area, which led me to explore the franchise opportunity and contact Sandra (the franchisor).

Tell Us About Your Feline Family

At home, I have two rescue brothers, Spike and River. They are two years old, love fuss and food, and keep me on my toes. Although they are house cats, they enjoy the outdoors in their catio.

What Does the Future Hold?

I'm excited to represent The Cat Butler in Stourbridge and the surrounding areas, helping people feel confident about going away while their feline family members are in good hands. I feel well-supported by my Cat Butler family and have already received enquiries from friends and family.

Sandra James

Sandra James

Owner & Founder

The Cat Butler was set up by Sandra James in recognition of the fact that a stay in a cattery can be unsettling for many cats and also their owners.

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