Creature Comforts

Pet Projects

How do you know if there's a market for your pet business? One of the best sources for industry information is the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association. The association's most recent survey of pet owners nationwide numbers 300 pages and gives details about buying habits and preferences, with information broken down by region. Cost: $200. To order or for more information about the association, call (800) 452-1225 or visit http://www.appma.org

Contact Sources

Cool Pet Stuff.com, (800) 686-6599, http://www.coolpetstuff.com

For Dog's Sake, (310) 821-5342

Galloping Gourmutts, (773) 477-5959, fax: (773) 477-6393

Pet Assure, (888) 789-7387, http://www.petassure.com

Pet Life, (817) 215-9132

Pamela Rohland (prohla@aol.com) relies on four felines to help her run her Bernville, Pennsylvania, homebased writing business.

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This article was originally published in the July 1999 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Creature Comforts.

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