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Should You Look At Pet Franchise Ownership?

By FranchiseKing, Guest Blogger
Published: July 29, 2014 Updated: June 24, 2016

Some of the best advice I can give to you if you’re looking to someday own a franchise business is to look at industries that are growing. The pet industry is one of them, and I have the stats to prove it.  

The pet industry is huge....and it continues to grow, with or without a strong economy. Not many industries can claim to do that. But, is that reason enough for you to consider owning a business in the pet industry?

Pet Industry Statistics

Take a look at how much money U.S. pet owners spend on their pets, year in and year out. Notice 2009-2010. The big recession took place then, and pet owners still increased their spending, according to the American Pet Products Association (APPA) numbers below.

Total U.S. Pet Industry Expenditures:

Year                 Billion

2014                 $58.51 Estimated

2013                 $55.72 Actual

2012                 $53.33

2011                 $50.96

2010                 $48.35

2009                 $45.5

2008                 $43.2

The actual number of pet owning households is significantly higher than it was 20 years ago, according to the same 2013-2014 APPA National Pet Owners Survey*. It shows that 68% of U.S. households own a pet, which equates to 82.5 million homes. In addition, approximately four out of ten pet-owning households in the U.S. are multiple pet owners.

Pet Franchise Types

If you’re thinking of getting into the pet industry, the franchise sector offers several choices – different franchised concepts that offer a wide variety of pet products and services. Some of these franchises can be started as home-based businesses with a modest investment. Some require a brick and mortar location. Here are some examples of pet franchise opportunities:

Petland ­­­– Franchisees offer pet supplies, products and services to pet lovers in a retail setting. The company has been servicing the needs to pet owners for 45 years from their 500+ franchise locations.

Pet Supplies Plus® – Another retailer of pet products, supplies and services, Pet Supplies Plus has a large array of items that are produced in the U.S. In addition, stores partner with local animal rescue organizations hosting pet adoption events.

Zoomin Groomin – Franchisees of the concept bring pet grooming services right to their customers’ doors. Pets can experience full grooming services in the comfort of their own home or inside the Zoomin Groomin mobile washing and grooming vehicle. 

Splash And Dash Groomerie And Boutique – This brick and mortar franchise offers a safe and comfortable environment for pet owners to bring their dogs and cats. They even offer unlimited monthly “bath and brush” packages for pets that seem to always get dirty.

Pet Butler ­– Speaking of “dirty,” there are certain duties that all pet owners have, and some of them are rather unpleasant. For pet owners that are willing to pay, Pet Butler provides pet waste cleanup and removal services, and has been doing so since 1988.

Zoom Room ­– Another brick and mortar franchise, Zoom Room offers dog training classes. In addition, Zoom Room franchisees offer agility training, educational seminars and Canine Good Citizen obedience training and testing.

Learning More

The pet franchise sector of franchising is unique in the fact that franchisees really need to have a love for pets. It would be difficult not to. In other words, if you don’t like dogs and/or cats, a pet franchise isn’t the one for you!

If you can see yourself in a business in which you’d be spending most of your time with animals ­– along with a few humans of course – consider looking into a pet franchise opportunity. Learn all you can about the industry, and talk to a lot of franchisees that are doing what you may want to be doing yourself.

Finally, make sure to talk with a franchise attorney before you enter into a franchise agreement. Working with pets can be rewarding, and even fun, but it’s still a business. You need to understand your responsibilities as a franchisee as well as the franchisor’s responsibilities.   


* Non-U.S. Government link

About the Author:

Joel Libava

Guest Blogger

The Franchise King®, Joel Libava, is the author of Become a Franchise Owner! and recently launched Franchise Business University.


The Pet Industry is amazing, it seems like without fail, the segment offers some of the best margins, highest growth segments and some of the most innovative franchise brands in the entire market. Whether it's a retail or service model, the pet segment of franchising always stands out as a leader in the franchise market.
To be a pet franchise is a good career option, where this chain is really growing too large & prospective. But a thorough knowledge is important before getting into this industry.
I have seen it myself, it is a business with very high prospects if you have the resources. I have seen many pet cares doing really great.
Good sharing, but I think it is right and only can be applied in developed countries. In a developing countries, people do not have enough food, how they can feed their pets. Besides, tax is also another problem, especially, import duty.These will lead to high cost of products and services to pet lovers and make barriers for development of Pet Franchise Ownership.
The big reason behind is the social connection of ours is almost lost in the course of busy life schedule.
Total U.S. Pet Industry Expenditures: Year Billion 2014 $58.51 Estimated 2013 $55.72 Actual 2012 $53.33 2011 $50.96 2010 $48.35 2009 $45.5 2008 $43.2 Growth very well. It shows us it will develop further in the rear. 2015, 2016 .... I think a combination of many disciplines that it does not cost you more time. You can get more revenue from your website or from the clothing shop and pet supplies shop. Just like me. I own a furniture shop for mountain plants and take a CPA Network This is my site, you will see it. It is a great idea https://blueadmedia.com/
The pet business will absolutely going to huge boom in coming future.Pet franchises supply no advantage to the owner apart from a recognition in name. Should you already have really like for the pets, you could speak for your friends and have them be your referral.so i agree all with you
To be a pet franchise is a good career option, where this chain is really growing too large & prospective. But a thorough knowledge is important before getting into this industry.
Great article Joel! It really is a fast growing industry and there seems to be no end in sight. Just curious if you know... In the sampling of franchisees you provided, which has the lowest start-up cost and franchise fee structure? I appreciate the insight you bring to this community.
Thanks for commenting. Not sure, but cost-structure-wise, retail will be the highest. Their websites usually disclose that information. Joel Libava


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