OUT TO LUNCH finds Baton Rouge Business Report Editor Stephanie Riegel combining her hard news journalist skills and food background: conducting business over lunch. Baton Rouge has long had a storied history of politics being conducted over meals, now the Capital Region has an equivalent culinary home for business: Mansur’s. Each week Stephanie holds court over lunch at Mansur’s and invites members of the Baton Rouge business community to join her. You can also hear the show on WRKF 89.3FM.
Seven out of 10 American households own a pet, generally a dog or cat. This has created a huge pet care industry and unlimited opportunity for creative, animal-loving entrepreneurs. It has also led to an unfortunate side-effect: little-loved animals, particularly cats, wandering our streets.
Angela Schifani is Development Director of Cat Haven, a non-profit cat rescue organization that was founded in 1999 in response to a community need for comprehensive rescue, foster, and adoption services for cats and kittens in Baton Rouge. When Cat Haven began, it was the first rescue organization to spay and neuter pets before adopting them to new homes. Today, it continues this practice and partners with local spay/neuter programs to ensure population control and quality of life for both animals and people in this city. Since its inception, Cat Haven has saved more than 12,000 cats and kittens.
Amanda Floyd focuses on pets who have a secure home. Amanda is owner and manager of The Royal Treatment, a high-end boarding and day spa for dogs and cats. Royal Treatment occupies an impressive 7,000-square-foot space on Lee Drive in Baton Rouge where they offers their pet guests private suites, condos or even a luxury unit, tricked out with chandeliers and two-way monitors to enable constant contact between owner and pet.