NEWPORT NEWS—The MeowManor in Newport News, a cats-only boarding facility that offers an array of accommodations for your feline friend(s), is looking for a very special someone to join their staff. They are specifically looking for someone who can cover weekends, some holiday hours, and cover for other team members when they are on vacation, sick, or have an emergency situation that needs to be handled. Hours are primarily 8:30am–6pm on the weekends, and two to three hours on holidays.
“We’re looking for someone part-time right now,” said co-owner, Angela Lang. “We’re surrounded by military bases and colleges, so this would be a great opportunity for a military spouse or college student who just wants 17 hours a week or so.”
Applicants must be 18 and older. But the job entails more than just playing with cats all day.
“Playing with the cats is a perk, yes,” said Lang. “But cats are a huge responsibility, especially if we have 25 residents in the building. They all eat something different. They all use the litter boxes. Some need medication. We allow cage-free time so the cats come out one family at a time. So, there’s a lot of cleaning, a lot of feeding, and a lot of behind-the-scenes stuff you don’t typically see or think about.”
Lang got the idea to start MeowMANOR when she needed to board her cat in Florida.
“I remember walking into the kennel area and the smell was just horrific, but I had nowhere else to go at that time,” said Lang. “When I opened MeowMANOR, I said, ‘That will never be us.’ I pride myself on our cleaning expectations and our procedures, so when people come here, they don’t even realize cats are in the building. So that’s very important. We want to make sure our next team member is not afraid of a little box, not afraid of cleaning, and not afraid of doing individual meals.”
The perfect team member may also be occasionally expected to work with pet owners while on duty. Starting pay is $9.00 per hour during the introductory period, plus tips. After six months, the wage goes up to $9.50 an hour (which is the minimum wage), plus tips. Each year after that, team members may get pay increases on the anniversary of their hire date, based on performance.
There is an application on the MeowMANOR website. Lang hopes to start training someone by July 5.