I currently own a pet care business and have been in this field for 13 years. I am looking to open a facility where we will cater to pets by providing daycare, and upscale boarding.
I agree with @PeteCraig's comment, as long as it's a profitable business that generates a lot of positive value, investors would be fighting to jump on board
I don't have a specific answer to your question - but talking to SCORE - a non profit that helps small businesses may provide help in finding sources for you. I have used them to help review business plans, etc. You can find out more here: https://www.score.org/
I would recommend connecting with women lead venture funds or angel groups as well as accelerator programs. Golden Seeds is a good place to start in NYC as I see you are based out of NJ. I would recommend as well checking out the Female Founders Conference organized by the accelerator Y Combinator where you may find a ton of other valuable resources.
Go to your small business association and even connect with people in business from community colleges and universities. There are a couple of organizations that have some sort of woman in business program that are really great if you prove traction and commitment. I'm in WA and there were a couple of organizations that even work with positioning unemployed people with small businesses who has potential to grow or get stronger with their support. One of those programs allows participants to qualify for new employees and (3-6 months) salaries and if the business proved stability and continuation, you can qualify for a $25,000 to $50,000 grant.
Can I ask why you emphasise the female owned and why you feel this should be any different - if the business model is strong then investors won't be put off by the fact you are a female founder, especially as you clearly have the relevant sector experience. Just curious
We are all equal people here, all searching for our own prosperity, it all depends where you are if you are in north america(Canada/Amerka) or the UK, assumedly, then https://www.lendingloop.ca/ micro lending or peer to peer micro lending for up to 30,000 or so is most ideal, the default rate goes up to 10% but they are common to have 5% or 7% or market 3.9/4.9 % rates for more stable businesses, if you are looking for more a bank will invest or go to a local investor group.
I personally support the upkeep of all pets, especially Trump Cat!
@petecraig The reason I emphasized being female owned is because Ive heard there are government grants for female owned enterprises. I have no experience with this, but maybe someone else does.