Owner: Elizabeth Pericles
Address: In-home consultations offered; class locations vary
Hours: By appointment
Phone: (480) 510-1380
Q: Where are you from and what did you do before opening your business?
A: My husband and I moved to Ahwatukee from San Francisco in 2001. In California, I was an attorney, but when we moved here, I decided to pursue my love of animals, so I got a job at the Arizona Humane Society. I later became involved in other animal rescue organizations as a volunteer.
Q: Why did you open your business in Ahwatukee Foothills?
A: The people of Ahwatukee have such a strong sense of family and community. There are so many of us here who love our pets and want the best for them, because they are like members of the family for many of us.
Q: How did you get the idea to open your business?
A: Because I have always loved cats, people would often call me for advice about their cat problems. Sometimes they would be on the verge of getting rid of their cat because of issues that were actually correctable, but they did not know what to do. I realized there was a huge need for this type of help, so I decided to pursue educational programs on cat behavior and learn as much as I could so that I could provide the most effective advice.
Q: What type of merchandise/services do you sell?
A: Cat behavior consulting services.
Q: What does your business offer that no one else does?
A: I provide in-home consultations to assess the situation and make recommendations to solve cat behavior problems. I also provide ongoing follow-up to monitor the progress and provide further help as needed.
Q: How have residents of the community responded to your business?
A: People have been so supportive and enthusiastic about my business, and I have been very happy to see how much people care about their cats and want to do whatever they can to help them. I recently joined the Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce, and everyone I have met has been very helpful and encouraging.
Q: What does your business have in store for the future?
A: In addition to providing in-home consultations, I will be teaching classes on cat and kitten care and behavior, as well as training (yes, cats can be trained). I believe that education is crucial: There is much to know about cats and how to care for them properly. Cats are unique animals with particular needs and different ways of communicating. By understanding and providing for these needs, many behavior problems can be prevented before they ever arise (information about my classes is available on my website).
Q: Anything else you want the community to know about you or your business?
A: I also believe that it is important to support our local animal rescue groups. There are many ways to help, including volunteering, donating, fostering and adopting. As a volunteer with the Lost Our Home Pet Foundation, I provide my cat behavior consulting services free of charge to anyone who fosters or adopts a cat through the organization (www.lostourhome.org).