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Wag N’ Wash Pet Food & Bakery Washes Its 500,000th Dog »

June 18, 2015 at 4:38AM PDT | Source: Wag 'N Wash

June 18, 2015 // Franchising.com // DENVER – Wag N’ Wash Pet Food & Bakery, a full-line specialty pet retail and grooming destination for dogs and cats, has washed its 500,000th dog.
The record was a combined effort from all nine Wag N’ Wash locations in Arizona, Colorado, and Minnesota.
“We are overjoyed by this milestone because it is a true testament to the company’s continuous growth and success,” said Wag N’ Wash co-founder Jef Strauss. “We would like to thank all the pet parents who have supported us all these years and those who continue to trust us with their furry companions. We would also like to extend our gratitude to all Wag N’ Wash employees and operators for providing excellent service and always making customer satisfaction their top priority...

Petland: Protect Your Pet From The Heat! »

June 11, 2015 at 6:50AM PDT | Source: Petland

Summer Months Bring Heat and Fireworks
CHILLICOTHE, Ohio - June 11, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - As the weather gets warmer, millions of Americans and their pets are spending more time outside. Petland has some great tips to make sure your furry friends enjoy the summer months too!
1. Be aware of heatstroke and hot temperatures: The heat, however, is the biggest threat for pets during the hot summer months.
"Every year, thousands of pets die from overexposure to heat. It's usually because their owners leave their pets in cars while they shop or run a quick errand," said Brian Winslow, director of Animal Welfare Education for Petland, Inc. in Chillicothe, Ohio. According to Petland, leaving a pet inside a closed automobile for just 10 to 20 minutes is risky on an 80-degree day as temperatures can quickly rise to 120 degrees Fahrenheit inside -- enough heat to kill a pet...

Woof Gang Bakery Second Annual Pet Adoption Event Gives New Forever Homes To Dozens Of Rescue Dogs And Cats »

June 02, 2015 at 4:10AM PDT | Source: Woof Gang Bakery

Donations of pet food, veterinary care, grooming and other goods helped animals in need.
June 02, 2015 // Franchising.com // ORLANDO, Fla. – Nearly 70 deserving pets found their “fur-ever” homes during Woof Gang Bakery’s second annual adopt-a-thon event held on May 9, 2015. Another 26 pet adoption applications are currently in progress. The event, held in collaboration with more than 70 local animal rescue groups, was hosted at 42 Woof Gang Bakery stores across six states.
Local animal rescue organizations also received donations from customers and Woof Gang Bakery. Donations included nearly 2,600 total pounds of pet food, $9,800 in goods and veterinary services, and $500 in grooming services, including baths and grooms for newly adopted dogs...

Dogtopia® Partners With Paws With A Cause® For 11th Annual Charity Dog Wash Benefitting Veterans And Service Dogs »

May 21, 2015 at 6:25AM PDT | Source: Dogtopia

National fundraiser to be held at 32 Dogtopia locations across the U.S.
Tysons Corner, VA (PRWEB) May 21, 2015 - Dogtopia®, an award-winning, dog daycare, boarding and spa franchise, announced today the company has partnered with Paws With A Cause®, a non-profit organization that provides Assistance Dogs to veterans and people with disabilities for its 11th Annual Charity Dog Wash. On Sunday, June 7, Dogtopia locations across the country will host Charity Dog Wash events, with proceeds benefitting programs that provide disabled veterans with Service Dogs to assist with physical needs, increase independence and improve quality of life.
“We are thrilled to partner once again with Paws With A Cause to further their mission of enhancing the quality of life for veterans through custom-trained Assistance Dogs,” said Amy Nichols, CEO of Dogtopia...

National Backyard Bird Feeder Celebrates The Birth Of Owlets »

May 13, 2015 at 9:38AM PDT | Source: Wild Birds Unlimited

Owl Cam Viewers Get a Hoot Out of Wild Birds Unlimited 2nd Annual Naming Contest
CARMEL, Ind. - May 13, 2015  - (BUSINESS WIRE) - They’re fluffy, white and oh, so adorable - and they need names! Who are they? A pair of rambunctious owlet siblings that were recently brought into the world.
“Now that the eggs are hatched, we’re able to observe behavior as the owlets grow and witness the owlets exploring before they fledge from the nest. We’re hoping our viewers will help name the owlets by voting in the naming contest.”
Earlier this year, Mom and Dad Barred Owl moved back into the nest box, which is equipped with a camera to give viewers a peep into the nocturnal lives of these mysterious creatures...

Pet Supplies Plus Reduces Royalty Fee To 2 Percent For First Year, 3 Percent For Life Of Agreement »

May 13, 2015 at 7:42AM PDT | Source: Pet Supplies Plus

Nation’s Largest Pet Retail Franchise Announces Additional Incentives for Continued Growth
May 13, 2015 // Franchising.com // LIVONIA, Mich. – Pet Supplies Plus, the nation’s largest pet retail franchise with more than 300 locations in 25 states, is announcing a reduction of royalty fees from 4 percent to 2 percent for the first 12 months of a new franchise agreement. Following a franchisee’s first year, the royalty fee will remain at 3 percent for the life of the franchise agreement.
“Reducing a royalty fee to 3 percent is almost unheard of in the industry, but we’re not afraid to break an unwritten rule if it will benefit our franchisees at each step of their growth. We see it as a win-win when our franchisees are happy and we can continue to grow our system,” said Chris Rowland, Pet Supplies Plus CEO...

Nation’s Largest Pet Retail Franchise Continues Strong Growth With The Signing Of Six Deals In Q1 »

April 14, 2015 at 10:25AM PDT | Source: Pet Supplies Plus

Pet Supplies Plus Proves to be the Pick of the Litter in the $58 Billion Pet Industry
April 14, 2015 // Franchising.com // Livonia, Mich. – According to the recently released 2015 American Pet Products Association report, consumer pet spending shows no signs of halting. Pet owners spent $58 billion in 2014, which is only expected to increase with industry experts projecting to surpass the $60 billion mark this year.
With a strong first quarter, Pet Supplies Plus, the nation’s largest pet retail franchise with more than 300 locations in 25 states, is not showing any signs of slowing down either. Pet Supplies Plus has signed six new franchise agreements to bring the neighborhood pet store to Boca Raton, Florida; Tampa, Florida; Stephenville, Texas; Elizabethtown, Kentucky; Hartland, Michigan and Greenville, South Carolina...

Camp Bow Wow Teams Up With The American Cancer Society As The First National Sponsor For Society's Bark For Life Program »

April 14, 2015 at 6:38AM PDT | Source: Camp Bow Wow

April 14, 2015 // Franchising.com // DENVER - The American Cancer Society recently announced that Camp Bow Wow®, the Premier Doggy Day and Overnight Camp® franchise and an Inc. 5000 company, is supporting the Society's fight against cancer by becoming the first national sponsor for the Society's Bark For Life events.
"The American Cancer Society is pleased to welcome Camp Bow Wow as the first national Bark For Life sponsor," said Sarah Robinson, Vice President, Great West Division Community Engagement, American Cancer Society. "As a premier pet services company in 37 states, their sponsorship offers a new level of support and capability to bring the community's fight against cancer to a broader audience."
Last year, more than 20,000 registered canine and caregiver participants at 300 Bark For Life events across the country raised $1...

Woof Gang Bakery Hosts Second Annual Company-wide Pet Adoption Event To Support Animal Rescue »

April 13, 2015 at 4:03AM PDT | Source: Woof Gang Bakery

Adopt-A-Thon Event Celebrates National Pet Week And Helps Animals In Need
April 13, 2015 // Franchising.com // ORLANDO, Fla. – The Woof Gang Bakery annual adopt-a-thon event will take place on Saturday, May 9, 2015, during National Pet Week. On May 9, Woof Gang Bakery stores nationwide will host in-store adoption events to support animal rescue organizations in their local communities.
As part of the adopt-a-thon, local animal welfare groups will have adorable pets available for adoption at 50 Woof Gang Bakery locations across the United States. Woof Gang Bakery stores will offer giveaways throughout the day and will send all adopted pets home with a “welcome home” bag.
The event is an excellent opportunity for prospective pet owners to find their perfect match, whether they are looking for a dog, cat, puppy, kitten, mixed-breed or purebred to become a part of their family...

Petland Hosts 3rd Annual Dog Breeder Symposium »

April 07, 2015 at 6:29AM PDT | Source: Petland

USDA and Ohio Professional Dog Breeders Association Partner in Event
CHILLICOTHE, Ohio - April 7, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Petland, Inc., the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Ohio Professional Dog Breeders Association, the Ohio Department of Agriculture and the American Kennel Club (AKC) recently hosted the third annual Dog Breeder Symposium in Berlin, Ohio. More than 250 professional and hobby breeders from three states were in attendance.
"Petland is proud to have once again helped sponsor this annual educational conference. This is truly a collaborative effort between federal and state agencies and the pet industry for the betterment of pets," said Petland President and CEO Joe Watson. "During the conference, breeders from all backgrounds learn first-hand of new science-based standards of care and it is exciting to see the enthusiasm in which these breeders are absorbing this information and making positive changes in their kennels...

Petland Stores Raise $93,000 For St. Jude »

April 02, 2015 at 6:58AM PDT | Source: Petland

Petland celebrates 71% increase in donations over 2013
CHILLICOTHE, Ohio - April 2, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The numbers are in! Petland stores nationwide raised more than $93,000 for St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital® during the October 2014 St. Jude Pumpkin Pin-Up Campaign.
This year's donations signify a 71 percent increase over funds raised in 2013 by Petland stores.
"This year, our franchisees set a goal to raise $83,334, enough to support the operations of the hospital for one hour of one day," said Petland's Director of Communications Elizabeth Kunzelman. "We have an amazing group of franchisees with very big hearts, who truly understand the difference even one dollar can make."
Several franchisees and store operators have been able to visit the hospital and the St...

Wild Birds Unlimited Presents Live Streaming Barred Owl Cam With Intimate Glimpse Into Nesting Season »

March 26, 2015 at 12:07PM PDT | Source: Wild Birds Unlimited

National Backyard Bird Feeder Asks, ‘Hoo’s the Next Viral Sensation?’
CARMEL, Ind. - March 26, 2015  - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Wild Birds Unlimited, the original and largest franchise system of backyard bird feeding and nature specialty stores, is partnering with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology to re-launch its live Barred Owl Nest Cam to help bird enthusiasts connect with nature and learn more about spring nesting season.
“Our annual Barred Owl Nest Cam is a great opportunity for children, teachers and nature lovers to learn about and witness the nesting process of these amazing birds,” said Jim Carpenter, founder and CEO of Wild Birds Unlimited. “We encourage families to make this a learning opportunity, and try to spot specific behaviors they may see on the cam from mom, dad and the owlets...

Pet Supplies Plus Partners With Franchise America Finance To Allocate $15 Million Toward Brand Expansion »

March 26, 2015 at 9:48AM PDT | Source: Pet Supplies Plus

The Nation’s Largest Pet Retail Franchise Offers New Financing Options to Break Down Barriers for Franchisees
LIVONIA, Mich. - March 26, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Pet Supplies Plus, the nation’s largest pet retail franchise with more than 300 locations in 25 Eastern states, is announcing a partnership with Franchise America Finance that will make $15 million available to qualified franchise candidates.
“In addition to this recent partnership, our team has continued to build a strong business model for franchisees including increased support from our corporate headquarters, an optimized distribution process and a prototype designed for maximum unit-level economics”
Franchise America Finance, a full service commercial franchise finance firm specializing in debt and equity placement, will work with qualified Pet Supplies Plus franchise candidates, as well as current franchise owners who are pursuing expansion, to offer a comprehensive solution for financing through a franchise lending program created specifically for the pet supply retailer...

Sydnee’s Pet Grooming Expands »

March 16, 2015 at 3:54AM PDT | Source: Sydnee's Pet Grooming

Southern California grooming business offers franchising in 33 states
March 03, 2015 // Franchising.com // SAN DIEGO, CALIF. – San Marcos-based Sydnee’s Pet Grooming announces its expansion plans to franchise, with approval in 33 states.
Sydnee’s Pet Grooming franchises are available to qualified prospective franchisees in the states of: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming.
According to the American Pet Products Association, the pet industry is styled for continued growth in 2015, showing an all-time high in consumer spending...

New Pet Butler Franchise Opens In Chicagoland, Offering Pet Waste Removal Services »

March 05, 2015 at 4:48AM PST | Source: Pet Butler

Pet Butler, now in Chicagoland, provides professional pet waste clean-up, removal services, and supplies for individual yards, parks, and multi-family communities.
Naperville, IL (PRWEB) March 05, 2015 - Pet Butler, the nation’s leading pet waste clean-up and removal service, is excited to announce its most recent franchise expansion in the Chicagoland area, servicing the western suburbs including Naperville, Plainfield, Oswego, Lisle, Woodridge, Bolingbrook, and more.
“We are excited to partner with SG Enterprises, the parent company to a locally owned lawn and tree care company. As a family-run company who already provides yard-related services to local neighborhoods and communities, adding a Pet Butler franchise just makes sense,” says Jerrod Sessler, CEO of Pet Butler...

Leading Franchise Of Backyard Bird Feeding And Nature Specialty Stores Recognized As A Top Franchise In 2015 By Franchise Business Review »

March 05, 2015 at 4:01AM PST | Source: Wild Birds Unlimited

Wild Birds Unlimited Ranks Best of the Best in the Retail Category, Earns Hall of Fame Honor
March 05, 2015 // Franchising.com // Carmel, Ind. – For a second consecutive year, Wild Birds Unlimited, the largest franchise system of backyard bird feeding and nature specialty stores, has been recognized as the Best of the Best, No. 1 in the Retail Category, in Franchise Business Review’s annual list of the top franchise opportunities.
The burgeoning retail franchise also ranked No. 7 in Large Class for franchise concepts with more than 250 units, and was honored in the ranking’s inaugural Hall of Fame, which features companies that have appeared on the list for 10 consecutive years.
Franchise Business Review, a national franchise market research firm, annually recognizes franchisors based on its survey of franchisees...

Woof Gang Bakery Brings The Very Best In Pet Care To Savannah »

March 03, 2015 at 4:05AM PST | Source: Woof Gang Bakery

Opening First Three Savannah Stores
March 03, 2015 // Franchising.com // Orlando, Fla. – Woof Gang Bakery is opening three new stores in Savannah, Georgia within the next three months. The Savannah stores will be the company’s first corporate-owned stores, which is an indicator of the company’s confidence in the market and the commitment to the Savannah community.
The first Woof Gang Bakery Savannah store will open on March 10, in the historic downtown City Market. The store, located at 202 W. Saint Julian Street, will feature treats, chews and pet accessories.
"Savannah is such a dynamic place and we are excited to be a part of the community and culture of this vibrant and hospitable city." said Paul Allen, CEO of Woof Gang Bakery...

Petland Hires Former Walmart VP »

March 02, 2015 at 7:17AM PST | Source: Petland

Tony Samples to serve as Vice President of Corporate Stores
CHILLICOTHE, Ohio - March 2, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Petland, Inc. is proud to announce the hiring of Tony Samples as Vice President of Corporate Stores. Samples will lead Petland's retail store division and oversee the company's merchandising and marketing efforts.
"Tony brings extensive retail experience to Petland at a time when Petland is expanding its retail footprint," said Petland President and CEO Joe Watson.
Samples, a native of Cedartown, Georgia, has more than 30 years of retail experience. As Vice President in Retail Operations at Wal-Mart, he had a proven record of producing bottom-line results, operational process improvement, and rapidly growing market share...

Wild Birds Unlimited Ranks No. 15 On List Of Top 100 Franchises For 2015 »

February 25, 2015 at 6:03AM PST | Source: Wild Birds Unlimited

Franchise Gator Recognizes Specialty Retail Franchise for Financial Stability, Growth, Transparency, Engagement, Continuity and Sustainability 
CARMEL, IN - February 25, 2015 /24-7PressRelease/ - Wild Birds Unlimited, the original and largest franchise system of backyard bird feeding and nature specialty stores in North America ranks No. 15 on Franchise Gator's list of Top 100 Franchises for 2015.
By taking into account hundreds of Franchise Disclosure Documents (FDD), The Franchise Gator Top 100 Franchises of 2015 is designed to measure the quality of a franchise system over time, taking the following factors into account: financial stability, growth, transparency, engagement, continuity and sustainability. Wild Birds Unlimited is recognized for being relatively low-risk in relation to investment range for prospective franchisees...

Woof Gang Bakery Opening First Corporate Stores »

February 18, 2015 at 3:41AM PST | Source: Woof Gang Bakery

Three Savannah locations and two Key West stores mark the company's expansion into corporate-owned stores.
February 18, 2015 // Franchising.com // Orlando, Fla. – Woof Gang Bakery is opening its first corporate-owned stores, with five locations open by summer 2015. These five new corporate stores will join 20 new franchise locations opening this year. The corporate stores located in Savannah, Georgia and Key West, Florida will serve as support centers for franchises in those regions.
The first corporate store will open in March in Savannah's historic downtown City Market. The second corporate store opening in Savannah will be a Woof Gang Bakery, Grooming & Wellness Center in the city's downtown. In addition to pet supplies and grooming, this location will include a pet wellness center offering vaccinations, dental cleaning and other pet wellness services...



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