Woofie’s Wags Its Tail Into Leesburg
All-inclusive pet-care franchise signs development agreement for first Leesburg location
April 03, 2019 // Franchising.com // ASHBURN, Va. - 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 a development deal for its second franchisee-owned location, and its first in Leesburg, Virginia. The first franchisee-owned location will service the communities of Reston and Herndon, and will be operated by different owners.
The Woofie’s of Leesburg is slated to open mid-April 2019. The location will be owned and operated by neighbor entrepreneurs Kristine Tech and Katherine Bhat.
“Kristine and I are both long-time Woofie’s clients,” Bhat said. “We both trust our dogs with the Woofie’s team. When we found out that Woofie’s had launched its franchise opportunity, we knew it was the perfect opportunity and wanted to get involved. We are so excited to bring these amazing services to our hometown of Leesburg.”
Kristine and Katherine, with backgrounds in accounting and human resources, respectively, met two years ago when they became neighbors. Both women have dogs of their own and are current Woofie’s customers.
“Choosing Woofie’s was easy,” Tech said. “We know Woofie’s. We know their brand. They’re well-respected, and our personalities and values align well with the Woofie’s team. Woofie’s understands that dogs are more than just pets – they’re members of the family; which is why they’ve created a system of personalized care that’s tailored to each family style.”
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.
“As fairly new franchisors, we knew we wanted to stay close to home and find the perfect franchisees,” Woofie’s co-founder Amy Reed said. “Kristine and Katherine were already a part of the Woofie’s family as customers, and we are so excited to bring them in as franchisees. We know they will work hard to always represent the Woofie’s brand, and we are thrilled to bring Woofie’s to the Leesburg community.”
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 Reston-Herndon and Leesburg. For more information, visit www.woofies.com
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