Americans love their pets, and people are spending lots of money on their favorite critters. It’s estimated that $48 million per year is devoted to pet care – and that amount is at least double what it was a decade ago. Pet care is a booming industry. According to Business Week magazine, 63 percent of US households have at least one pet. That’s 71 million homes – a huge market for all kinds of services.
It seems obvious without saying, but if you want to own a pet franchise, then you must like animals. You must also like people, and be sympathetic toward those who are overly attached, worried or indulgent toward their pets. When it comes to their precious kitty or pooch, people can get downright irrational, so you and your staff must be able to cope with what seems like extravagant demands.
The last few years has seen a multitude of pet franchises sprout up across the country, with many offering specialized services such as grooming, while others provide a range of products and services, including boarding, training and accessories.
Pet Care Specialists focuses on pet grooming, with systems developed for the specific grooming needs of different dog species. Franchisees also profit by acting as an alternative to veterinary visits for routine procedures, such as nail trimming and ear cleaning.
For those interested in broader pet care services and products, daycare and boarding facility franchises could be a good choice. Camp Bow Wow, Kennelwood Pet Resorts, Preppy Pet Suites, all provide overnight boarding as well as daycare for pets. These franchises also offer other services, like grooming, and accessory products that generate multiple streams of income for the franchise owner. All are currently expanding their operations in the US and actively looking for prospective franchisee who love animals and want to care for them.
There are other ways to get in on the pet industry too. Bark Busters is a franchise that trains dogs to behave properly. As a Bark Buster “therapist” franchisees learn an effective, non-harsh training system for dogs, and work with directly with customers and veterinarians to solve problems like obsessive barking or disobedience. This franchise has a lower entry fee ($37,500) than the typical pet franchise since it does not require dedicated boarding or grooming facilities.
For those who don’t want to be quite so “hands-on” but still want a pet business, there is the Pet Depot franchise. This is a retail store opportunity with all kinds of pet products, ranging from specialty foods for all kinds of animals, to a wide selection of other products, like cages, aquariums, leashes, and toys that people buy for their pets.
And then there is the very unusual, but inevitable, franchise developed to take care of all the doggy “poop” owners would prefer to overlook. DoodyCalls provides clean up duty to homeowner associations, apartment complexes and city parks. Franchise owners don’t actually do any poop scooping (though any franchise owner, no matter what the business, may sometimes have to fill in for absent employees!), but instead manage a staff and focus on building the customer base for dog waste management.
Pets are everywhere these days, and so are the businesses that cater to their needs. Opportunity abounds in this growing industry that delivers all types of essential services and products to pet owners.