What are the Top Pet Franchise Opportunities?

What are the Top Pet Franchise Opportunities?

In Honor of National Pet Month 2024, a Look at the Rise of Pet Ownership and its Impact on Franchising

Did you know that nearly 87 million U.S. households have pets? That’s up from 56% since 1988, and the growth of pet ownership has been steadily increasing for the past few decades. Millennials are driving this trend. They make up the largest percentage (33%) of pet owners and increasingly view their dogs and cats as “starter babies.” 

May is National Pet Month, which celebrates the affection and companionship we feel towards our furry friends. Pet lovers are not afraid to splurge on their canine and feline companions. In 2023, Americans spent $147 billion on their pets, with projections set to reach $150.6 billion by the end of 2024. Responding to this demand, entrepreneurs have launched a plethora of pet-focused franchises that keep our four-legged family members groomed, trained, well fed and more. 

With many affordable business models, flexible ownership opportunities, recurring revenue, and the cutest clientele, it’s no wonder that pet franchises lead the pack in franchising. In honor of National Pet Month 2024, we dig into some paw-some pet franchise opportunities. 

Top Pet Franchise Opportunities 

Aussie Pet Mobile

Top pet franchise opportunities

Established in Australia in 1996, Aussie Pet Mobile came stateside in 1999 and has grown worldwide as part of the Home Franchise Concepts portfolio of brands. The mobile pet grooming business pampers animals with personal, cage-free, one-on-one attention in the comfort of their owner’s driveway. Franchise owners don’t need to worry about inventory or landlords, and they benefit from recurring revenue streams and low employee requirements. 

Bubbly Paws

Founded in 2011 by husband-and-wife team Keith and Patrycia Miller, Bubbly Paws is an innovative self-service dog wash and pet grooming franchise. It offers a cheerful alternative to the dark and uninviting environment at other grooming shops. The ideal franchise owner loves dogs and wants to get in on a ground-floor opportunity.

Central Bark

Top pet franchise opportunities

With two decades of experience, Central Bark has established itself as a leader in the doggy day care space. In addition to dog boarding services, Central Bark also offers grooming services, reward-based training, high-quality pet food and toys. Franchisees benefit from a membership-driven model, wide-open territories in growth markets, and an affordable investment. The pet franchise is a member of the International Franchise Association’s VetFran program and discounts the franchise fee by 10% for military veterans and first responders.   

DoodyCalls

Top pet franchise opportunities

DoodyCalls is an affordable and simple-to-start business that serves communities with pet waste removal services. There is opportunity with both residential and commercial clients including apartment complexes, homeowners’ associations, and municipalities such as dog parks. Multiple revenue streams, recurring contracts, special events, and one-time cleanups are attractive features of the pet franchise. DoodyCalls’ proprietary CRM, PoopNET, helps franchise owners track sales, customers, and appointments.

Dogdrop

Top pet franchise opportunities

The Dogdrop franchise is an on-demand doggie daycare that provides a guilt-free care solution for busy pet parents. Co-founders Shaina Denny and Greer Wilk created the “quick stop” category to make it easy to drop off dogs for last-minute pay-per-use care. Services include curbside drop-off and pickup in less than 90 seconds. Pet parents receive real-time text updates from the pet-CPR-certified and first-aid-certified staff. Franchise owners benefit from recurring revenue, a membership-based model. and proprietary software that enhances operational efficiency and customer service.

Dog Training Elite

Top pet franchise opportunities

Dog Training Elite is one of the fastest-growing dog training and pet care franchises in the U.S. With a range of services (obedience training, puppy training and service dog training), the pet franchise trains dogs of all sizes, breeds and ages to reach their full potential. Franchisees can be full-time dog trainers or have more flexibility with the semi-absentee model. With no real estate requirements, the home-based business has low startup costs and can be up and running in a matter of months.

Fetch! Pet Care

Top pet franchise opportunities

Fetch! Pet Care is a leading professional dog walking and pet sitting franchise that offers a flexible, turnkey business that’s fun to own. With a low initial investment and quick start-up times, animal lovers can build a business around their passion for pets. A mobile app and a virtual communications platform allow franchise owners to run their business from anywhere. In addition to offering a veteran discount, E-2 visa applicants are also accepted. 

Hounds Town USA

Top pet franchise opportunities

At Hounds Town USA, dogs enjoy exceptional doggy daycare and grooming services, while dog parents benefit from convenient pet taxi and spa services. The brand also accommodates feline guests with specialized boarding services. An affordable initial investment, simple business model with multiple revenue streams, plus partnerships with charities, animal rescues, and shelters add to the appeal of the popular pet franchise.

Pet Supplies Plus

Top pet franchise opportunities

Pet Supplies Plus enhances the shopping experience for pet owners by offering a variety of convenient options, including curbside pickup, online ordering, in-store shopping and same-day delivery. These options not only make it easier for customers to access their pet’s needs but also ensure multiple revenue streams for franchise owners. The brand’s proprietary supply lines provide high-quality and affordable products for all pets. 

The Dog Stop

Top pet franchise opportunities

The Dog Stop has become a go-to place for pet owners looking for quality grooming, daycare, and training services. Select locations offer in-home services like dog walking and sitting and will visit homes with special-needs dogs or ones that are too young for facilities. The franchisor offers support with financial administration, business operations, advertising, marketing and customer service.

The Dog Wizard

Top pet franchise opportunities

The Dog Wizard franchise offers a range of obedience programs (puppy, private, group, board and training, etc.) and uses a motivational system based on communication, consistency and trust. For additional revenue streams, entrepreneurs can offer scent classes, baby prep and socialization courses. Franchisees have the flexibility to choose between three business models: a mobile model, a brick-and-mortar option and a conversion program. 

Zoomin Groomin

Top pet franchise opportunities

Zoomin Groomin is an eco-friendly mobile grooming franchise that provides services at clients’ homes or offices. The pet franchise’s products are non-toxic and veterinarian recommended, and its efficient systems use less water compared to other groomers. Part of the Loyalty Brands franchise umbrella, Zoomin Groomin offers experienced leadership and a scalable, home-based model. 

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Haley Cafarella is a passionate journalist and writer for IFPG. In her role as content and marketing specialist, she creates original articles for FranchiseWire and Franchise Consultant Magazine. Her specialties include educational articles about buying a franchise and franchise consulting. She also reports on franchise professionals who were recently promoted or hired through FranchiseWire’s popular HireWire series.

Haley has contributed to a variety of regional publications, including Quo Vadis, New Brunswick Today, and the Trenton Monitor. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Rutgers University.
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