Camp Bow Wow(R) Launches New Pet Sitting Service

Home Buddies Targets Households With Multiple Pets by Providing In-Home Pet Services

Boulder, CO--(Marketwire) - Camp Bow Wow®, the leading franchisor of dog day care and boarding facilities, today announced the launch of a new franchise opportunity targeting the in-home pet care market. As the number of households with multiple pets continues to grow, Home Buddies by Camp Bow Wow will provide customers a single solution for providing the highest quality home care for their pets. This new pet care concept will offer dog walking, pet sitting for dogs, cats, birds, fish, small mammals and reptiles, shuttle service to and from vet offices and Camp, grooming and training services, care for special needs pets, pet food delivery and pet waste clean-up services.

"This is, without a doubt, the most comprehensive pet care service opportunity in the country," said Heidi Flammang, CEO and Top Dog of Camp Bow Wow. "Now pet parents can have one trusted, in-home pet care provider capable of delivering the same dependable service our customers enjoy at Camp Bow Wow locations around the country."

Home Buddies by Camp Bow Wow also offers an attractive and rewarding business opportunity for pet-minded entrepreneurs who want to start their own business in one of the hottest industries in North America. With many companies downsizing or restructuring, franchising offers people the opportunity to leave corporate jobs behind and invest in their own future by running their own business. New franchisees can start their own Home Buddies for as little as $69,000.

Despite the financial crisis, the pet industry continues to grow as pet parents spend on pet care necessities and Camp Bow Wow continues to see increased demand for pet related services. In fact:

  • According to the report "Market Trends," the pet-services market is out-growing both the food sector and non-food supplies sector in the pet industry. The U.S. Market for Pet Care Services is valued at $22 billion for 2008.
  • According to the American Pet Products Manufacturing Association (APPMA), more than 60 percent of U.S. households own at least one pet. This is an increase of five percent from around 15 years ago.
  • The APPMA estimated pet expenditure in the U.S. to be over $40 billion in 2007, and is one of 2008's biggest industry trends, with this increase expected to continue at a rate of around five percent annually over the next few years.

"Home Buddies is the answer that pet lovers across America have been asking for," added Flammang. "Whether you are interested in bringing it into your community or looking for these services for your own use, this business is in high demand and we are ready to meet those needs."

About Camp Bow Wow

Camp Bow Wow is the premier doggy day care and overnight camp in North America. It's where a dog can be a dog®, and is designed to provide the highest levels of fun, safety and service for its campers, and peace of mind for their parents. Since the Boulder, Colo.-based company started franchising in 2003, Camp Bow Wow has sold more than 200 franchises in 38 states, plus one in Canada. As we grow, our simple philosophy remains the same: It's all about the dogs.

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