Dog daycare owner fetches space in West Perth

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Happy Tails Doggy Daycare co-owners Amanda Deurloo and Richard Elkington with dogs Sachi, Buckley (front) and Isabel. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au   d495870a
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AFTER two years of trying to fetch a space in West Perth, Amanda Deurloo has finally set up her new Happy Tails Dog Day Care.

Part-owner Miss Deurloo opened her new canine-centric daycare along Douglas Street three weeks ago and business has been barking mad.

The Innaloo resident said she first applied for business space in the City of Vincent two years ago but pulled the application due to the negative backlash from residents.

“I reapplied to this place in West Perth and I complied to noise and traffic but the City was still concerned how it would impact the area, which is totally understandable because they don’t have one,” she said.

“It ended up going to a council meeting and was voted on but they were going to refuse it, so I took the issue to SAT in June this year.

“We did a mediation and I agreed to reduce the number of dogs to 35 and I put acoustic barriers in the floor.”

City of Vincent councillors unanimously agreed at a council meeting on June 25 to grant Miss Deurloo approval to set up her dog day-care centre.

Miss Deurloo said although it was a long journey to seek approval of her business venture, she was happy to open with the City due to the support from Mayor Emma Cole and Vincent councillors.

“It was just a matter of working together to make sure we all got an agreement so everyone could work together,” she said.

“I’ve gone from six dogs a week to 16 dogs but we can have up to 35 dogs a day, which is what we were approved for,” Miss Deurloo said.

“We have two levels and we have over 460sq m between two levels – upstairs we have a huge activity room, ball pit, tents, tunnels and little beds the dogs can sit on and a whole bunch of toys.

“We also have a couple of puppies that have come in, so we’re toilet training them and behaviour training them on the job.”