Published: 06:00, 08 September 2020
A woman is opening a new pet boutique in Folkestone after being inspired by the animal lovers in town.
When Debbie Convery's dog Brenda - a Spanish water dog and border collie cross - went missing in 2018, hundreds of people offered their support to help find her.
Brenda was eventually discovered five days later, trapped in the garden of a derelict building.
And the concern people showed during those five days has now inspired Mrs Convery to launch the new shop, Not for Humans.
She said: "Two years ago during the hottest week of the summer, Brenda ran out the front door and was missing for five days.
"We launched an appeal to find her and people were so helpful, sharing the information and even coming from other towns to help.
"It really hit me how much people love their pets."
Not For Humans will open in Old High Street and will sell unique handmade pet gifts, soft furnishings and eco-friendly, sustainable products from local and national suppliers.
Products will include pet beds made from upcycled furniture and revamped suitcases, designer dog coats, handmade leads and collars, dog walking utility bags, designer cat beds and more.
And despite the name, there will be a few treats for humans too, including animal themed jewellery, bags, trinkets, cushions and face masks.
Mum of two Mrs Convery, 46, has more than 18 years retail experience and previously worked for Monsoon, Untied Colours of Benetton and Phase Eight.
The opening of Not for Humans was slightly delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. But that has not deferred Mrs Convery.
She adds: "I am super excited. I was setting up and showed it to a friend who said it looked great and that reassured me."
Not for Humans will open on Thursday (September 10) at 10am by special guest Lucy Smith, the Folkestone RSPCA animal welfare officer.
During the first four days of trading, 10% of all profits will be donated to the RSPCA.
Visit the Not for Humans Facebook page for more information.