PEPPERELL — After 34 years in town, Colin and Angela Howells are looking to greener pastures. But that doesn’t mean they’re leaving their furry clientele behind.
The owners of Dayglyn Kennels are planning to retire and looking to transfer their permits for the business at 41 Cranberry St. to new owners.
Those potential new owners, Derek and Alicia Miller, were looking to purchase the Howells’ business and have their commercial kennel permit transferred to them.
Alicia and the Howells appeared before the Board of Selectmen on Tuesday, Nov. 19 for a public hearing on their plans. The board was looking to hear about the Millers business plan, specifically if there were any plans for renovations or expansions to the kennel or the residential home that both sit on the land located in Pepperell’s rural residential district.
Miller said that she and her husband would likely run the business exactly as the Howells have since they first opened Dayglyn in 1982 and earned a special permit in 1985.
She described the kennel being “homey, inviting and a little more intimate with the dogs.” She added that she and her husband will follow the same capacity numbers at Dayglyn, able to house up to 30 dogs and 10 cats.
Like Dayglyn, the kennel would offer day boarding for Dayglyn’s existing clientele. Miller said she’d consider allowing 10 more dogs in, though she likes the way the business is currently being run.
“I was raised with animals my whole life,” Miller said. “I work a lot and I’m invested in my job and I enjoy my job, so I always knew I wanted to do something at home and have a homey environment. I can’t tell you enough how well these animals will be taken care of and there’s no doubt in my mind that you guys would ever have to question if they are being taken care of enough.”
The Millers current work at Preppy Pet, a dog day care center in Fitchburg.
“These people, I think, are wonderful,” Howells said at the meeting. “They’re a family and I think they’ll do a wonderful job.”
The board noted that the Board of Health asked for a business plan that the Millers would follow if they took over the business.
The board then motioned to continue the hearing to Dec. 9.
Howells said last week over the phone that she did not want to discuss the transfer further until it is finalized.