Pet groomers eager to get back to business after Wichita Co. disaster declaration amendment

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WICHITA COUNTY (KFDX/KJTL) — Wichita County judge Woody Gossom amended the county’s disaster declaration after consultation with local city leaders. Pet groomers may now open their shops to customers but on a no-contact basis.

Before this order, pet grooming businesses were limited to mobile units. But after these amendment changes, groomers can get back to making your pets look good.

“Like one lady has had a grooming place part of her house for over fifteen years. Well, this meant she couldn’t do that,” Judge Gossom said.

Judge Gossom put himself in the shoes of local pet groomers when considering making changes to the county’s disaster declaration and got some ideas.

“But her process was people would call make an appointment. They deliver their dogs. So all we’re doing now they can deliver the dog they gotta leave it in a kennel,” Judge Gossom said.

That will now be the process of local pet groomers around the area as they prepare to open their shops after being restricted to their mobile units. But some shops have been using their mobile units as they adjust to the new policies.

“It’s the safest way to operate at this point,” owner of Dog E Style Grooming Ashley Miller said. “There’s very little to, well there’s no contact at this point with our mobile unit. We’re able to have our customers put their dogs in their backyard or in a kennel on their porch. That way they’re still close to home and they’re not nervous about just being left out in the open like that. And we can just walk right out and grab those dogs.”

And even without a fixed location, Dog E Style Grooming has been booked and busy.

“The moment word got out that we could open our mobile unit on Tuesday we’ve been booked up for about ten days in advance right now,” Miller said.

Through it all, Miller is just glad that pet grooming has been deemed essential.

“I know so many people don’t consider it essential but those with breeds that actually need grooming, they realize how necessary it is for their dog’s health. And knowing that the order has been extended until May 5th, at this point, that’s a long time for certain breeds to go without grooming,” Miller said.

Miller plans to open her Wichita Falls location next Wednesday.

For more information on the disaster declaration amendments, click here.

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