August 05, 2014 // Franchising.com // Broomfield, CO – Camp Bow Wow, the nation’s largest franchisor of dog day and overnight care centers and an Inc. 5000 company, announced today its acquisition by VCA, Inc. (NASDAQ: WOOF), a leading animal healthcare company in the United States and Canada.
Since its founding over 13 years ago, Camp Bow Wow has grown into the market leader in dog daycare and overnight boarding services, with 152 franchises across North America. For Camp Bow Wow, and VCA, the deal represents a genuine opportunity to make a strong company even stronger.
Camp Bow Wow founder, Heidi Ganahl, who will continue as its chief executive officer, said "The sale of Camp Bow Wow to VCA is a testament to the hard work of everyone at the company. Staying on as CEO will enable me to continue to build on the success of Camp Bow Wow and to be a part of a dedicated top-tier animal health care company. VCA shares our core philosophy of Happy Healthy Pets, Happy Healthy PeopleTM and we look forward to further enhancing the Camp Bow Wow experience."
Bob Antin, chairman, president and chief executive officer of VCA, commented, "The level of success achieved by Heidi, the Camp Bow Wow team and all of the Camp Bow Wow franchisees in a relatively short period of time is truly amazing. We are excited by the opportunity to combine the individual and shared strengths of our two companies to bring a new level of resources to VCA’s pet patients, and a new level of health resources to Camp Bow Wow patrons."
Arlington Capital Advisors served as exclusive financial advisor to Camp Bow Wow on the transaction.
Camp Bow Wow, the nation’s largest dog daycare franchisor was ranked 214 out of 500 in Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500 list in 2013 and for the fifth year in a row named to the INC. magazine 5000 list of America’s fastest growing private companies. Camp Bow Wow’s Camp concept provides the highest levels of fun, safety and service for its Campers, and peace of mind for their parents. Dogs romp together in an open-play environment and pricing is all-inclusive. Since the Colorado-based company started franchising in 2003, Camp Bow Wow has sold 152 franchises in 37 states, plus one in Canada, with over 41% being women-owned. For more information, please visit: www.campbowwow.com.
VCA owns, operates and manages the largest networks of freestanding veterinary hospitals and veterinary-exclusive clinical laboratories in the country, supplies diagnostic imaging equipment and other medical technology products and related services to the veterinary industry, and provides various communication, professional education and marketing solutions to the veterinary community. For further information on VCA, visit its website at www.vcaantech.com.
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