North America’s leading and fastest-growing dog daycare, boarding and dog spa franchise has set sights on Western Canada for its upcoming expansion plans.
With units in Canada and the United States, the award-winning company has announced plans to open several new locations through franchise partnerships and strategic development by the end of 2021. After experiencing steady growth within Ontario, including the recent openings of locations in Mississauga, Kitchener and Barrie. The newest locations are set to open in Don Valley in September and Regina shortly thereafter. Dogtopia will be focusing its next phase of expansion in the provinces of Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia. The company plans to open approximately 43 locations across Canada resulting in the creation of approximately 1,000 jobs, contributing to the Canadian economy.
Dogtopia’s Canadian development is led by President and CEO Kim Hamm, a Canadian native who has worked within different leadership roles at the company since 2015. Kim and her newly appointed Canadian leadership team provide a level of sophistication that is unmatched in the pet industry. With a reputation for providing outstanding care in state-of-the-art facilities, Dogtopia’s franchise model has proven successful even in the current market. The brand was recently presented with a special Hall of Fame Award by the Canadian Franchise Association in recognition of their outstanding performance and contribution to the CFA member community during COVID-19. Dogtopia was also named number one in the pet care sector by Entrepreneur in its Franchise 500 ranking.
“Throughout Canada, we have seen extreme growth in people welcoming puppies or rescue dogs into their homes and it’s no surprise. During these challenging times, when many of us are spending time at home, dogs offer unconditional joy, love and support,” says Hamm. “We’ve also seen an increased interest by entrepreneurial Canadians looking for new opportunities, with franchising and our business model providing a solution that is stable despite a volatile COVID-19 reality. Deemed an essential service in many provinces, we feel extremely fortunate to see so many of our locations across the country grow during this time.”
Statistics Canada reports Canadians collectively spend over $8 billion in total on their pets, pet food, veterinary and other services annually*and the industry continues to grow year over year meaning opportunities in the pet care industry are increasing rapidly. Dogtopia locations are owned by Canadians with diverse backgrounds and offer those looking to go into business for themselves support every step of the way in a stable and recession-resistant sector. Franchisees experience the Dogtopia difference which includes industry-leading brand awareness, multiple complementary revenue streams, proprietary technology, support from the seasoned franchise leadership team, a four-week initial training program, turn-key real estate and construction services, cutting-edge technology platforms and a strong financial model and ROI. With many people considering new career-paths at this time Dogtopia is seeing rare opportunities to access both funding and real estate with the chance to open a dog daycare in as little as six months.
With a commitment to supporting pet parents, the Dogtopia business model has always centred around providing dog daycare along the lines of a children’s daycare with “indoor dog parks.” Dogtopia seeks to create a space in which your best furry friend forever (BFFF) can socialize and exercise safely, and you can feel comfortable while they do. Dogtopia’s webcams also provide pet parents with peace of mind and the ability to check in on their pups when they are away.