Many people don’t have the luxury of loving what they do for a living. However, if you have the funds to start your own business and you are a huge animal lover, why not combine these into your dream job? Even if you are only looking for a side hustle, you can still take some of the ideas below into consideration. Take a look.

Making Pet Food and Treats

Pet Treats

If you are also good at making food, you can consider making pet food. More and more pet owners have specific demands when it comes to the food they give their pets, so you can look for a specialized niche. For instance, organic treats, food for pets with diabetes and breath mints for dogs can all sell extremely well. For starters, you can do it from your home and open a boutique bakery once the business starts growing.

Creating or Selling Pet Toys and Accessories

Cat lounging on a miniature sofa

Those in the manufacturing field can start making all sorts of toys and accessories for pets. From beds, collars, and clothes to food bowls and various stimulating puzzles, there are a lot of roads for your company to take. On the other hand, if you would rather open up a shop where you can develop a loyal customer base, you can link up with a supplier and provide all sorts of gear for the pets in your neighborhood. In addition to toys and accessories, you can also sell pet food so it might be a good idea to look for a local producer.

Pet Sitting

Chocolate Labrador laying on a bed

Seeing as how reliable pet sitters are always in demand, you can also choose to start a pet sitting business. There are a few ways how you can approach this endeavor. For example, your clients can drop off their beloved pet at your home, where you will take care of all their specific needs. It’s good to start with one pet at a time but you can expand your business as time goes by. On the other hand, sometimes you will be asked to visit your client’s home several times a day to ensure their pet is properly fed, taken for a walk, given its medication and so on. If you choose this path, get pet business insurance and take a course in animal first aid, just in case.

Pet Grooming

Dog getting a bath

Certain types of pets like cats, dogs, and rabbits need regular grooming to stay healthy. However, many owners have difficulties getting their furry friends to cooperate or simply don’t have enough time to dedicate to this task. This is where pet groomers enter the picture. Starting a grooming business is a great idea if you are good with animals, combs, and clippers.

Animal Training

Yorkie being ttrained

Being good with animals potentially means that you will be able to be an animal trainer. If you are confident in your skills, you can assist pet owners with obedience and potty training while also helping some anxious and unhappy animals settle into their new homes much easier. Plus, you can focus on training therapy animals and assistance dogs. They can really change their owners’ lives and are more and more in demand with each passing day.

Pet Photography

Dog getting it's portrait taken

Perhaps you are more artistically inclined and looking for a way to combine that with your love of animals. In that case, you can consider starting a pet photography business. Plenty of people want professional snaps of their beloved four-legged (and those without legs) companions and if you have the right equipment, why not make the most of it? On the other hand, there are other alternatives as well. For example, you can do caricatures of the pets, watercolor portraits, sculpture pieces or even permanently ink these owners with their pet’s name or silhouette.

Pet Café

Dog sleeping in a cafe

You must have heard of pet cafés by now. They are all the rage in countries like Thailand and Japan and have even started to spread to Europe and the U.S. There are all sorts of animal cafés, such as cat, dog, bunny, bird, reptile, hedgehog and so on. Before you decide to open this type of business, look for some professional advice and make sure you get all the necessary permits. You can even consider partnering up with a local shelter to promote animal adoption.


Cat in Surgery

While being a vet requires you to get a proper education, it can also be very fulfilling as you will get to work with animals on a daily basis and help make their lives better. If you don’t have enough money to set up your own company, perhaps you can form a partnership with a friend or colleague from school. This can be especially beneficial if you specialize in different fields as then you can attract a diverse clientele.


Regardless of which animal-related business you decide to start, it’s vital to research all the necessary permits, get the right education and learn something from those that are already successful in the field. Good luck!

Emma Williams is an Australian writer with a master‘s degree in business administration, who has a passion for anything lifestyle and design related. She spends most of her time redecorating and participating in house projects. As a great nature lover, her biggest pleasure is spending time in a small cottage by the river.