Red-Hot Woofie’s Readies For Reston-Herndon
All-inclusive pet-care franchise signs two development agreements in a week
March 27, 2019 // Franchising.com // ASHBURN, Va. - When you’re hot, you’re hot! Just a few months after launching their franchising opportunity - Woofie’s, a new franchise in the $70 billion professional pet care industry that is the first to offer the combined services of personalized pet sitting, dog walking and mobile pet spa services, has signed two development deals in a week. The first franchisee-owned location will service the communities of Reston and Herndon, Virginia.
With a soft-opening planned for April 1, the new Woofie’s will be located at 1897 Preston White Drive in Reston. It will be owned and operated by first-time franchisee Tanya Lee. The other franchisee location will be in Leesburg, and will be operated by different owners.
“Interestingly, while I was exploring franchises, I needed to find a mobile groomer for my dog,” Lee said. “I simply couldn’t find one in Reston where I live. My friends who live in Ashburn raved about Woofie’s. When I saw that they currently didn’t service my area, and I experienced first-hand the high demand for these services in Reston and Herndon, and I saw the banner ‘Franchise Opportunities Coming Soon’ on the Woofie’s website - everything clicked into place.”
Lee - who was coming from the corporate world of Information Technology (IT) and Finance had always dreamed of owning a pet business, and the idea of working with pets and also being able to bring her dog, Mandy, to work every day sealed the deal.
“I realized that if I was going to pursue this dream, now is the time,” Lee added. “I started looking at franchises because it allowed for enough autonomy and creativity as a business owner, yet it followed a formula and methods that are proven to be effective. Plus, I’m a dog owner and I love dogs. Woofie’s is just the perfect fit!”
Founded in 2004, Woofie’s offers personalized pet sitting and dog-walking services which includes consultations with a member of the management team, in-home overnight care and Bed & Biscuit overnight care. Their mobile pet spa provides one-on-one, cage-free grooming services such as: breed-specific haircuts, nail trims, hydrosurge baths and specialized de-matting and de-shedding treatments. The customization of products and services for each pet and the focus on the customer experience further set Woofie’s services apart from others in the industry.
“We were very fortunate to find such a wonderful franchisee so quickly in Tanya,” Woofie’s co-founder Amy Reed said. “Right from our first meeting, we knew that Tanya was going to be a great business partner. With her impressive background in the financial world, combined with her love of dogs, she certainly has the right recipe for success.”
Another core value of the pet care service franchise is a focus on community involvement. Once a year, Woofie’s hosts a “Paws & Claus” fundraising event where they partner with a local pet photographer to take photos with Santa with all proceeds donated to a local animal shelter. The company also collects unused pet items from clients for Friends of Homeless Animals (FOHA), on a quarterly basis, and sponsors a dog each year to provide a year’s worth of food and supplies.
Founded in 2004 and franchising since 2018, Woofie’s is a new franchise in the professional pet care services industry that is the first to offer the combined services of pet sitting, dog walking and mobile pet spa services. They are further set apart by their completely customizable services and their focus on customer service. Today, there is one location open and operating in Ashburn, Virginia and two others under development in Leesburg and Reston-Herndon. For more information, visit www.woofies.com
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