September 24, 2015

How to Parlay Your Volunteer Experience into a Pet Industry Career

by Jamie Damato Migdal, CPDT-KA & Pet Industry Entrepreneur I’ve had many people come to me over the years to ask how they can turn their love of animals into a satisfying career. There are two things that I always recommend to anyone who wants to join the $60 billion pet industry: 1) get educated, and 2) volunteer. Education and professional standardization is becoming increasingly more important across all pet industry verticals, but if you can’t afford or easily access […]
September 15, 2015

Paws First: Making the Leap Into the Billion Dollar Pet Care Services Industry

Pet care services is a multi-billion dollar industry, and all paws point to it only getting bigger as Americans continue to spend big bucks on precious pets, a reported $55.7 billion in 2013. Of that, at $4.41 billion, pet care services including grooming, boarding, training, and pet-sitting grew by the largest percentage. As an industry projected to add at least 10,000 jobs and experience at least 15 percent growth in employment over the next five years (see CareerBuilder study released […]
September 9, 2015

Pet Care Facility Weather Emergency Preparedness: You’re Ready, Right?

By Ben Day, Business Safety Consultant Hurricanes. Tornadoes. Flooding. The list of potential weather disasters for any business is a scary one. But if you have insurance, you’re covered. Right? Wrong. How will you pay your employees with a crippled business and no revenue. And, here’s the biggie for pet care facilities that insurance cannot take care of, where will you house the animals you care for if your facility is, if not completely destroyed, at least temporarily unusable? Do […]
September 8, 2015

Are You Prepared to Save a Pet’s Life? Pet CPR and First Aid Class in October Will Teach You How

Pet parents in the U.S. spent $58.4 million on their pets last year, and the number is estimated to hit $60 million in 2015. From luxury grooming to posh pet beds, we are happy to pull out the pocketbook for our furry family, but could we save their lives in the event of a medical emergency? Like human CPR and first aid, the life-saving skills and techniques needed to save a pet’s life should be learned. In October, the International […]
August 28, 2015

Questions to Ask Your Pet Facility

Are you a pet parent looking for a new pet care facility? Here are the key questions you should ask (including downloadable PDF to take with you when interviewing a facility): P.S. If you’re a pet parent in the Dallas area, don’t miss our upcoming Pet CPR and First Aid Workshops October 19, 20, 21, or 22nd. Get the skills you need to save a furry family member’s life! Details here:
July 24, 2015

Have you seen this?!?

Have you seen our session line-up for the 2015 Pet Care Services Conference + Tradeshow in Dallas (Grapevine), Texas, October 19-22nd? This is what you need to grow your business – and stay balanced while doing so! Don’t miss it! 3 Things Your Playgroups Need to Compete in Today’s Market Getting the Most Out of Google in 2016 – Five Keys to Success for Pet Care Professionals Keep Your Customers Howlin’ For More Grow Your Pet Business by Understanding the […]
July 21, 2015

Pet Care Services Financial Survey

Our latest pet care services financial survey reveals why tails and tongues are wagging for our fast growing industry. Pet care services is a multi-billion dollar industry and all paws point to it only getting bigger as Americans continue to spend big bucks on precious pets. As an industry projected to add at least 10,000 jobs and experience at least 15 percent growth in employment over the next five years (see CareerBuilder study released June 4, 2015), pet care services […]
July 13, 2015

Conference Early Bird Pricing Ends July 15th!

Attending the 2015 Pet Care Services Conference and Tradeshow in October been on your mind? Early bird pricing ends July 15th, so now is the perfect time to register. Not only will you save $50, you will be signed up to attend the industry event dedicated to helping grow your business, plan for the future, and maintain your balance. This year’s Conference + Tradeshow +Workshops in Grapevine (Dallas), Texas, October 19-22, 2015, is the the industry event you simply cannot […]
July 2, 2015

Wading Through Disaster: How Planning and Preparation Saved a “Lucky” Boarding Facility

We recently had the opportunity to speak with Charlotte Petrey, owner of You Lucky Dog in Houston, Texas. You may have seen Charlotte’s story on the news as it was her facility that was completely engulfed during the recent historical floods in Texas, but not a single life was lost as a member of her staff, working in pitch darkness in rapidly rising floodwaters, saved 23 dogs. Now, Charlotte shares her story of how planning and preparedness saved lives and […]
June 26, 2015

Pet Industry Insider Tips for Hiring the Right Employees

by Jamie Migdal, founder of FetchFind I’ve hired a lot of people during my two decades as a pet industry entrepreneur, and over the years I’ve come to appreciate just how difficult it is to find, and keep, good team members in the boarding and daycare industry. Just about every pet industry business I know has the same pain point, which is the ongoing difficulty in finding qualified employees. Lots of small businesses can keep going indefinitely with only a […]