The COVID-19 pandemic has been hard for many small businesses, especially those that rely on public events for a large portion of their income.
That has been the case for Little Rays Reptile Zoo and Nature Centre, the largest exotic animal rescue in Canada, owned by Paul Goulet and his wife, Sheri Goulet.
Paul Goulet joined The Sam Laprade Show on Oct. 4 and looked back on how the COVID-19 pandemic affected his business, but also, his mental health.
"We never thought we would be completely shut down," he said. "We did the online stuff, but that's not us. We are an in-person business."
The business has grown into a large company that travels across Canada and the United States, but the pandemic brought on challenges that resulted in a loss of approximately $80,000 per month.
"We were doing everything we could," said Goulet. "Hopefully this is something we won't have to go through again."
Goulet said his business was suffering a well as his mental health.
"I did my best to try and keep things together," he said. "But I have been pretty open about my struggles and one night I was on my floor just shaking and crying."
Goulet's business is profitable once again, but it was not an easy journey.
Listen to the full interview with Paul Goulet below: