New York-Based Doggie Daycare Franchise Expanding to New Markets, and Fast

Booming pet care franchise Hounds Town USA has welcomed two new franchisees this month, who will take the doggie daycare business into the Nashville and Pittsburgh markets. Joe Allbaugh of Pittsburgh and David and Zena Laubie of Brentwood, TN are the newest members to the Hounds Town family, and have plans for multiple units in their respective territories. “Our first to market franchisees are very important as they will introduce Hounds Town to the area and set the tone for the entire market,” explains Hounds Town President Jackie Bondanza. “We have a tremendous amount of confidence in the business partners we have chosen to help us expand the brand, and are really looking forward to bringing our unique doggie daycare franchise into these markets,” she says.

With an extensive background in accounting for small business start-ups and governmental agencies, new Hounds Town – Pittsburgh owner Joe was looking for an entrepreneurial opportunity in a booming industry. Hounds Town was just the fix he was after. “I am excited about starting on this entrepreneurial path with Hounds Town and have no doubt this was the best choice for partnership,” says Joe.

Similarly, Hounds Town – Nashville franchisees David and Zena had been researching automotive franchises when they came across Hounds Town. “The business model immediately struck a chord with me, and I shifted gears to pet care,” explains David. “I really feel like the stars aligned and this is the perfect fit.” His wife Zena agrees: “I was thrilled when David pivoted toward pet care, because I have what some people would describe as a ‘dog problem!’,” she jokes. With professional backgrounds in management and customer service, the couple plan to bring the brand to their local area. “We both have a true passion for dogs, and a knack for customers service. We couldn’t be more excited to join Hounds Town and help grow the brand.”

Like all Hounds Town locations, Hounds Town – Nashville and Hounds Town – Pittsburgh will capture commuters heading to work who need a place to leave their pup during the day. “Most people don’t want to leave their dog home alone all day,” says Jackie. “Dogs are social pack animals who need regular interaction with other dogs to live a balanced life. Our locations provide that continued opportunity for all dogs.”

The booming pet care franchises-which now has 14 territories sold and 7 locations open and operating across 5 states- offers fully interactive doggie daycare, overnight boarding, full-service grooming, and a pet taxi service. Their facilities focus on providing a social pack environment for dogs to be dogs. “At Hounds Town, the customer is always right,” says Founder and CEO Mike Gould. “But the customer is the dog, not the human.”

By focusing on the dogs’ needs first, customers get a straightforward, honest, simple, and affordable option in Hounds Town, a concept and philosophy that translates to their business model for franchisees. “We focus on keeping our business model simple and affordable,” says Jackie. “We strive to keep build out costs down so franchisees have more money in their pockets and a higher ROI at the end of the day.” The strategy has worked; the pet care franchise has quadrupled the size of their system in just 18 months. “We have goals of getting to 100 units in 3 years,” says Jackie, “and we’re on our way to doing just that.”

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