7 Tips to Make Moving Easier for Your Dog

Moving to a new home is an exciting process, but it is also often filled with stress and even anxiety — for humans and animals alike. Moving with a pet can be tricky as you help your animal navigate the transition.

Dogs are creatures of habit and thrive in a secure environment, so any disruption to their routine can cause your canine friend stress. When your dog is stressed, he might display behavior changes or problems, including:

  • Pacing or shaking
  • Whining or barking
  • Chewing
  • Changes in bodily functions
  • Loss of appetite
  • Hiding or escape behavior

(Learn more about common signs of stress in a dog here.) 

If you’re planning to make a move —  whether across town or across the country — here are some tips to make the process as easy as possible for your four-legged family members.

Familiarize your pet with moving supplies. Before the packing begins, set out a moving box or two, packing paper, packing tape and any other packing supplies for your dog to sniff out and examine. When it’s time to start packing, your dog won’t be alarmed by these new and unfamiliar items in your home.

Limit changes to your dog’s routine as much as possible. Avoid changing mealtimes or routine exercise and potty times for your dog. Though they may seem simple, small changes in your dog’s schedule can have a negative impact on your pet. Coupled with the chaos of a change in location and your pet may exhibit signs of stress or anxiety.

Be sure your dog gets plenty of exercise. Physical activity is a great stress reliever for humans and for dogs! Set aside extra time for your pup to burn off any extra energy. Take a break from packing to play fetch, go for an extra-long walk around the new neighborhood, or spend some extra time at the dog park. If you don’t have time, ask a loved one or a trusted dog walker to help.

Keep your dog in a comfortable, safe environment on moving day. You don’t want your dog getting underfoot when you’re trying to move boxes or furniture on moving day. And if your pet becomes anxious, he might try to escape out an open door. Keep your dog safe in his crate in a quiet area of the house, or at a boarding facility that is known and familiar to your dog. If this isn’t an option, consider asking a family member or friend to look after your pup during the move.

Keep your pet’s favorite belongings nearby. Your dog’s bed, blanket, bones, toys and crates and usual food and water bowls are all comfort items that can help him feel more at home in a new place. Designate a specific location for these items and be sure to mark moving boxes well so that your pet’s favorite things don’t get lost in the move.

Use anti-anxiety solutions with your dog. A stress-reducing Thundershirt, calming collar or even CBD treats may be helpful in calming your dog’s anxiety during a stressful situation such as a move. Your vet may also be able to provide a prescription calming medication to help your dog stay calm during the move.

Be patient. Keep in mind that moving can be a chaotic time for your dog who may have a difficult time understanding what’s happening. Be prepared for common issues like barking, neediness or other bad behaviors to arise during the transition and be patient as your pup settles into the new home. In time, your dog will become comfortable in the new space, but it may take a few weeks for your pet to acclimate. If you have concerns about your pet’s anxiety or feel that the move has been exceedingly hard for your pet, don’t hesitate to reach out to your veterinarian.

It may be difficult to entirely alleviate your pet’s stress associated with a move, but by being aware of the potential stress-related behaviors, and taking the necessary steps to help your dog as much as possible, you can make it easier for your dog to adapt to the new environment.

If you are moving to a new apartment complex, look for one that offers pet friendly services to let dogs socialize and play, and amenities such as self-serve dog washes. Approximately 80% of top 25 multi-family management companies own at least one Evolution Dog Wash. Properties that offer an Evolution Dog Wash prioritize pet ownership and promoting a healthy happy lifestyle for your four-legged friend.

Celebrate National Pet Month

May is National Pet Month in America, a time to celebrate all the benefits pets bring to our lives and recognize those who support the health and well-being of pets.

Pets positively impact peoples’ lives in many ways. Studies have shown pets can improve your health and happiness. They offer unconditional love, comfort and stress relief. Pets can make you feel happier and reduce feelings of anxiety and depression, a key reason for therapy dogs and other emotional support animals. And not only are there emotional and psychological benefits of owning pet, but also physical benefits. Owning a pet, especially a dog, increases your fitness level with regular walks and trips outside. Regular exercise is good for your heart, muscles and bones. It can help you lose weight, reduce your risk of chronic disease, and increase your energy levels. Owning a pet can boost your overall well-being.

In addition to celebrating pets and the benefits they give us, another initiative of National Pet Month is to increase public awareness of the services available from professionals who work with animals and support their well-being. That’s where Evolution Dog Wash comes in. Evolution Dog Wash manufactures high-quality, self-serve dog wash machines, built to wash hundreds of dogs each month with minimal maintenance. Evolution Dog Wash stations are perfect for car washes, apartment complexes, veterinary clinics, pet stores, travel centers and more. A clean, healthy pet is a happy, healthy pet.

To celebrate National Pet Month, Evolution Dog Wash is offering customers $1,000 off any machine May 1-31, 2020. “We know many people were financially impacted by the effects of COVID-19. In an effort to provide savings to our customers during this difficult time, and to celebrate dogs during National Pet Month, we wanted to extend this special limited time offer,” said Evolution Dog Wash owner, Matt Ogden. He continued, “We normally reserve this discount for the International Carwash Association Car Wash Show. Although the show was cancelled this year, we are happy to honor this discount, and extend it to anyone who mentions coupon code “ICA2020″ for the month of May.”

Evolution Dog Wash is more than a dog wash, it’s a company that cares about dogs and their welfare. Evolution Dog Wash is proud to support local Colorado animal shelter charities. If you are interested in adopting a pet or donating to the cause, please visit your local animal shelter or support the Colorado Pet Overpopulation Fund (CPOF).

Evolution Dog Wash. Built for dogs and the people who love them.

To learn more, visit http://evolutiondogwash.com/ or contact us at 888-303-0553. To take advantage of this limited time $1,000 OFF promotion, fill out this form and enter coupon code “ICA2020”.

CORONAVIRUS AND DOGS

If you are the owner of a four-legged friend, you’ve probably wondered what affect COVID-19 can have on your pet.

Should you be concerned about Fido’s health? Is it safe to take your furry friend on walks? Can pets pass the COVID-19 virus to humans?  If you get sick, can your animal get infected? How can you keep your pet healthy?

We have been told for weeks that COVID-19 cannot effect our pets, but is this accurate?

This week, a Pug named Winston in Chapel Hill, North Carolina tested positive for the virus. Winston is the first known case of a dog with COVID-19 in the United States, but he is not the first domestic animal in the world to contract the virus.

There have been at least two reported cases of dogs in Hong Kong testing positive for the virus. Both of these dogs were the pets of Covid-19 positive owners, and neither showed any signs of illness from the virus. The COVID-19 virus has also been found in cats as well as a female Malayan tiger at New York’s Bronx Zoo. (Read more here.)

In Winston’s case, two family members who live in the home with the dog are front line health care workers who had also tested positive for COVID-19. Winston experienced mild symptoms and is recovering well.

Each of these cases indicates that animals may contract the virus from humans, but at this time, there is no evidence that suggests animals are a significant threat to the spread of the COVID-19 virus in people, according to the CDC. And while we know dogs and cats can contract certain types of coronaviruses, there is currently no evidence that the novel COVID-19 virus poses a serious medical threat to animals.

How can I protect my dog’s health?

We know you care about the health of your beloved pet. Here are some general guidelines recommended by the CDC for anyone who tests positive for COVID-19:

  • If you have tested positive for COVID-19, you should avoid contact with both pets and people.
  • If you are sick with coronavirus, you should avoid petting, snuggling, sharing bedding with or being kissed or licked by your pets.
  • Always wash your hands before and after interacting with your pets.
  • If you are sick, wear a cloth face covering if you are around your pets.
  • Routinely disinfect any surfaces with which your dog may come in contact, including food bowls and cages.

Is it safe to walk my dog?

Exercise is essential for the health of humans and animals alike. Taking your dog for regular walks can be beneficial for your physical and mental well-being during these unprecedented times. When you take your dog for a walk, be sure to follow these guidelines:

  • Walk your dog on a leash.
  • Maintain at least six feet between other people and animals.
  • Do not gather in groups with other dogs or people and avoid crowded areas.
  • Do not go to dog parks or other places where people and dogs may gather.
  • Do not let others pet your dog while you are out for a walk.

What should I do if my dog gets sick?

If your pet shows any signs of respiratory illness, call your veterinarian right away. Keep your dog isolated from other pets as a precaution.

Keep up-to-date on the latest information regarding COVID-19 and your dog here.

We know the health and safety of your pet is a priority. Evolution Dog Wash machines are built with the health and safety of dogs in mind, with built-in sanitation and comfort measures in place. Every machine comes with a disinfectant option so you can easily spray down the unit before and after you wash your dog to ensure optimal cleanliness. We offer a contoured non-skid wash platform to avoid your dog standing in dirty water. And to make dogs feel safe, less anxious and comfortable we have the water set to the perfect, dog tested and approved, temperature.

During this time that groomers are closed and people are looking for affordable solutions to care for their pets, Evolution Dog Wash can help you keep your furry friend clean, healthy and happy.

THE DOG WASH FOR DOG LOVERS

Dog owners the world over love taking their pets out for long walks. Not only is it enjoyable but necessary to keep healthy dogs at the peak of their condition. But dogs being dogs, they love to dive into all kinds of muck and mire, and often cannot stay out of water – no matter how filthy it is. The result – one happy but extremely dirty dog.

Until now the only way to deal with this is to wash the dog out in the driveway, or, as many of us do, in the bath or shower. The drawback to this of course is dog hair everywhere, blocking drain holes and decorating the sides of the bath and walls, with an excited, wet dog running back and forth while we try vainly to towel it dry. This is where a self serve dog wash truly becomes man’s and their dog’s best friend!

The Self Serve Dog Wash in Modern Times

Now, of course, there’s the self-serve dog wash. The genius who thought this up must have been a dog lover. It made me wonder whether he took a look at a car wash one day and somewhere a light went on.  The latest self serve dog wash business, EvolutionDogWash.com features cascading lights, takes credit cards, and even allows the business owner to check in real-time on the dog wash system status and income.

The first dog wash machine was invented by Eduardo Segura and Andrés­ Diaz in 1998, as the Lavakan (https://witnessthis.wordpress.com/2010/11/03/strange-inventions-from-around-the-world/). The machine is loaded from the side and is allegedly a lot less stressful for our beloved pets than washing them by hand.  Now that I don’t understand – I have to say that in my personal experience it’s not the dog that usually gets stressed but the owners themselves. The inventors claim that the machine has the same effect on animals that a massage shower has on humans. If that’s indeed the case, then one imagines the result is extremely happy and relaxed dogs. What better way is there for them to round off that fantastic walk they’ve just enjoyed?

This really is a great idea! No more blocked drains in the bathroom, or time spent cleaning up after bathing your pooch. One simply loads the animal into the side of the self serve dog wash and the lucky canine has a nice rinse off with warm water, is shampooed by the machine and then lathered by their owners before being rinsed once again. There’s even a hair drier for the lucky dog, with the whole process taking about 30 minutes.

One can envisage there being a huge demand for this kind of thing, with the machines springing up as welcome additions to self-service car washes, making the Spanish inventors Eduardo and Andrés extremely happy – and no doubt wealthy – people. In some facilities there are even ‘dog robes’, a kind of towel-like dressing gown that you can use to keep your dog warm in after its shower.

An added bonus is that various shampoos can be used, such as medicated ones used to kill ticks and any fleas picked up during the walk. The result of this is not only do you have an extremely happy and relaxed, pest free pet, but the owners can chill out when they get home and then perhaps take that much needed massage shower themselves, while their pleased and pampered pet sleeps off a pleasant and eventful day.

AN EVOLUTION IN DOG WASHING

With 78.2 million dogs in America, it’s no wonder that the new coin-operated Dog Wash machine is doing so well. Dog lovers all over the country are now taking their pets along to this self-service Dog Wash.  Those of us who have a dog in the family know their pets well, and once they see how their dogs really enjoy the experience, it quickly becomes a routine that dogs love.

Made in America by the Evolution Dog Wash Company, this innovative dog wash system and now highly popular invention is sweeping through the country. While some companies produce a dog wash as one of many products, Evolution’s focus remains solely on this delightful invention, and on making their Dog Wash a wonderful and enjoyable experience for our furry friends. It’s because this top rated Dog Wash station is made in America that those ordering them see their product arrive so quickly. Evolution’s staff is second to none: the company have recruited experts that are happy to talk to customers and cover any concerns or issues that may arise.

One of the great things about Evolution is the deal they’re offering to customers. Not only can you buy this top rated coin-operated Dog Wash outright but you can also lease it for only $400 a month! There’s even a buyout for only $1. Business savvy Evolution can offer that deal because they know what a great success this product will be. They’re also aware that companies offering this service will benefit from the sale of other products in their premises. After all, a happy dog means a cheerful customer – and cheerful customers buy.

With business’s running Dog Washes reporting up to 75 customers over a weekend the proceeds are there for all to see. If you only have 100 customers during the entire week and the wash fee charged is $10, then that’s around $4000 a month ($3600 profit if you’re leasing the machine) or $1800 if you only get 50 customers a week. One can just imagine the results when you get more customers!

The Humane Society states that thirty-nine percent of American households own one dog, (humanesociety.org) while twenty-eight percent own two. That’s a staggeringly high proportion of any town’s population. It makes sense, therefore, that companies offering Evolution’s revolutionary top rated Dog Wash equipment would draw in fresh customers from this pool of potential clients.

Keeping customers happy is the key to sales and Evolution is excelling at this. They ensure their product is top notch, and that dogs really do enjoy being washed in their dog bathing equipment. The ease of using the equipment, along with low cost, means that customers are likely to wash their dogs more often. With the wash set at a comfortable height for ease of use it also allows many of the delighted animals the opportunity to jump in themselves – proof indeed as to how much dogs love this top coin-operated Dog wash. This also means those irritating back aches from having to bend down next to the bath while washing your pet, could rapidly become a thing of the past; so not only is it great for dogs but beneficial for their owners, too.

Evolution’s determination to ensure their product is enjoyed by dogs is extremely gratifying. It goes to show that this superb product is made by dog lovers, for dog lovers.

SELF SERVE DOG WASH PERFECT AFTER BEACH

After a good and tiring walk, followed by a swim in the sea – or even an optional muddy puddle – it’s always good practice to wash your dog after a dip. Rather than take your beloved pet home to clean it why not use a self serve dog wash by Evolution Dog Wash?  This clears any salt or muddy residue, leaving your dog’s fur soft and fluffy.  It’s well known that canine’s adore them, so what better way to completely delight your beloved pet after a swim than a wash in a facility that’s designed specifically for your dogs’ pleasure?

Using a self serve dog wash is not only enjoyable for your animal, but it ensures any pests don’t get transported home. To doubly ensure protection then the medicated shampoo at a dog wash will rid your pet of any recent unwanted visitors, while recommended spot-on treatment provides more long-lasting protection.

It’s well known that most dogs love swimming no matter what the weather, particularly in the sea. Not only does your pet find this enjoyable but it’s also a great exercise for them. It builds stamina, and tires them out while also cooling them off when they’re all hot and bothered.

Throwing a ball, stone or stick out into the waves is considered a great hoot by your pet, and you’ll immediately see it bounding off into the waves trying to retrieve whatever you’ve thrown. Dog owners love seeing their pets enjoy themselves and a play in the water is a treat enjoyed by both canines and their human companions. Safety of your pet is paramount and one should always be aware of strong tides and whether your animal can exit the water safely.

One concern with sea water is that the salt can make your pet’s skin itchy. It can really irritate your pet, and you may find your dog scratches until it eventually bleeds. Consequently pets should always be rinsed off after a swim to alleviate this. If hosed off afterwards then swimming in the sea can be highly beneficial to your dog. They love being in the water and their excitement shows the instant they realize where they’re going.

Many people are convinced that sea water kills fleas and other pests. It’s unlikely that the cause of this is the salt itself but simply that the pests drown. Should your pet have fleas then the most important thing is to consider where they came from. It could be that your dog has just picked these vermin up from long grass during your excursion, but it’s also possible that they could be an already existing problem, and if so are likely to be in your dog’s bed and even your carpets.

If indeed those pests didn’t originate from your home then the medicated, anti flea shampoo available from dog washes ensures you don’t take these creatures home with you – enabling them to infect not only your dog’s bed but the entire house in no time at all. All flea shampoos are a short term solution to a centuries old problem, so the best option is a regular spot-on flea treatment recommended by your vet, such as Advantage or Frontline. Should your house become infected then a full spray of your entire abode, or other treatment such as flea-bombs, will be required.

SELF SERVE DOG WASH FEATURED IN CAR WASH TRADE PUBLICATION

You know that the self serve dog wash industry is really taking off when you see an article in a recent trade publication read by many car wash owners.

At Evolution Dog Wash, our sales team is reporting many more inquiries from car wash owners looking for a coin-operated or self serve dog wash to get more sales from a wash bay that isn’t being used.

Part of the reason, the new self serve dog washes are so popular with car wash owners is because, unlike typical tub dog washes, there is no need for a regular attendant.  Customers can wash their dog using a credit card or coins and they can dry their dog with the completely safe blow dry system that is built in.  There is no need to keep towels around that constantly need washed and replenished.

Another reason for the popularity of self serve dog washes with car wash owners is that they can fit three or four dog washes in a typical wash bay.  See the possible dog wash layouts here.

The real reason that car wash owners are adding dog washes to their properties is that they can quickly recoup their investment by generating new customers who may wash their car at home, but don’t like washing their dog in their bathtub.  Of course, they also pick up more business from their current car wash customers who will now bring their dog along.

No matter the reason, it’s great to see the car wash industry starting to realize that they can increase their profits by adding a self serve dog wash to their business.

See our recent post about the growth of the self serve dog wash industry here.

 

TOP 5 SELF SERVE DOG WASH LOCATIONS

Whether you are looking to start a brand new self serve dog wash business, or you’ve got an existing business to which you’d like to add additional revenue; here are the Top Five locations for a self serve dog wash installation.  We based this list on traffic potential, existing client base, dog owner density, and actual success of dog wash owners.

These are the top five self serve dog wash locations in no particular weighted order:

1. Car Wash: Adding a self-serve dog wash to a car wash is probably the easiest of all installations due to the water lines already being there.  The dimensions of the self-serve dog wash allow for two or three dog washes to easily fit in one car wash bay.  There is a ready stream of existing customers and many customers stop by the car wash with their dog after a day out hiking, camping or after work.  The Car Wash is now a one-stop for washing the car and the dog.  Aaron Voorhees owns Living Water Car Wash and installed a self-serve dog wash at his location and is planning on adding another. He says, “I build car washes around the country. One of my clients did a bunch of research and was putting it a self serve dog wash at one of their locations. We built a custom outside location with convertible walls for summer and winter heat in the winter. Everybody seems to like the open area. Initially it was the carwash that brought in most of the customers, but we’ve been doing a lot of guerilla marketing at hiking trails, dog parks, signs. etc. and now it’s brought business to my car wash.  People will drive farther for the dog wash. I think it’s the quality and cleanliness of our dog wash. On a Saturday, we’ll do 15 dog washes a day.”

2. Laundry and Dry Cleaning: This location typically has a steady flow of dog owners who live in apartments and tend to be young singles or retirees.  They are on the go and are use to paying for services for convenience.  Being able to wash their dog while doing laundry kills two birds with one stone.  For retirees, the ergonomic design of the self-serve dog wash  makes it easy to wash their dog without bending over like you do when you wash your dog in the bathtub.  Chuck Steininger owns Steininger’s Laundry & Dry Cleaning in Selins Grove, PA and currently owns one Self Serve Dog Wash.  Chuck says, “Some people put their laundry in and then wash their dog, but the majority who use our self serve dog wash in are non-laundry customers.  It’s another tool to market our dry cleaning and laundry as well.  I get a decent amount of people who don’t dry clean or do laundry with us, but they’ll drive a little further to use our dog wash.  Two to five miles is the typical maximum dry cleaning driving distance.  We have a few customers coming from 25-30 minutes away.  One has a dog wash near them but they like how we keep it climate controlled and clean. Our weekends are our biggest time.  We’re probably doing about 14-18 dogs on a Saturday and again on Sunday. I really knew nothing about the business before starting. I got into it not knowing what to expect. About two years prior, I read a magazine article about what people spend on their pets and I said, ‘Wow! I have to get into that market.’ I do a lot of research and it took me probably two years to decide. I had some space and thought why not give it a try?I initially looked at the tub type and the dishwasher type thing, and was curious about the automatic type that Evolution offered.  I narrowed it down to Evolution because the pumps looked commercial type and the quality.  My customers tell me this a great idea.  One lady said, ‘No more on my knees and dirt all over the bathroom.’  Everything has been extremely positive.”

3. Dog Care Facilities: Boarding and “doggie-daycare” facilities are perfect fits for self serve dog washes. A freestanding dog wash facility is the ideal turnkey business.  Having a coin-operated dog wash or better yet, one that takes credit cards allows the business owner to literally run their business from their iPhone.  The Evolution Dog Wash allows owners of their self serve dog wash to view shampoo, water, and real-time income via a convenient app.  A typical 1500 square foot space can fit up to four dog wash systems allowing for up to 20 dogs an hour to be washed at an average of $10-15 per wash.

4. Apartment Complex: Many apartment owners average 5-10% vacancy rates.  Why not dedicate one room to steady income by converting it into a dog wash facility.  Not only does this add a conversion tool and more value to your leasing agent’s pitch, but just five dog washes a day pays for your expense.  In today’s competitive upscale rental market,  one more amenity often makes a difference.

5. Dog Park: Many public dog parks are looking for funding to help with maintenance.  Having a self-serve dog wash at the dog park is a no-brainer.  No one likes to take a dog drool covered dog home after a day wrestling with a dozen other dogs.  A dog wash creates a healthier environment for the dog park and encourages better hygiene for the local dog community.  Many municipalities cover their expenses through the dog wash system’s revenue.

PET WASH STATION FRANCHISES: A SELF-SERVE TREND IN THE DOG GROOMING AND PET WASH INDUSTRY

Dog Groomers are moving from the old ramp and tub pet washes to self-serve pet wash systems.

The main reason dog groomers are now choosing to install self-serve models like the Evolution Dog Wash is that it frees up their time to groom more dogs and it generates additional revenue from more frequent pet wash customers.

For years, many dog groomers have used the old ramp and tub pet wash to wash pets prior to grooming them. However, many dog groomers are now moving away from this system and using the more efficient self-serve pet washes.

Coin-operated pet wash stations allow the pet owner to choose what products they want to use for their dog. According to Erika at Hoboken Dog Wash in New Jersey, “Many of my customers enjoy washing their dog at our pet wash station because it is more convenient that a tub. Even when we end up washing the dogs for the customer, it’s a much more efficient process than using the old tub wash and towels.  Plus, the customers think it’s a really cool system. Customers who have big dogs really like that it doesn’t make a giant mess in their bathtub. This has brought business in from many short hair and shedding breed dogs that don’t normally get grooming services.

Some are considering pet wash station franchises while others are choosing to buy the dog washes outright. There are pros and cons to each.

Choosing a Pet Wash Station Franchise

Buying into a pet wash franchise is great for someone who doesn’t already have a brand or needs help financing a dog wash location. Most pet wash franchises offer at a minimum: marketing help, franchise branding, and branded pet care products. However there are ongoing franchise fees that are subject to change and the franchisee doesn’t have as much freedom.

Buying a Pet Wash Station Outright

Buying a pet wash station outright offers a lower ongoing operating cost and in the end you own your own company.  Plus, you can use your own pet shampoo products and market how you choose.  Many companies such as Evolution offer a la carte marketing guidance for your dog wash business for nominal fees.  Financing for the pet wash station is affordable and can often pay for your investment in as little as a year.

Regardless of whether you purchase a franchise or finance your pet wash station, adding it to your dog grooming business will pay dividends over time.

FUNDRAISING FOR ANIMAL SHELTERS

In order to raise funds to keep non-profit animal shelters running, many reach out to people who’ve adopt pets from them.

Adopters are typically already concerned with the welfare of animals and represent the greatest opportunity for donations.  However, donations don’t always meet the budget needs that most animal shelters must meet each month.  Therefore, many shelters are working to further develop community relations and reach beyond people who’ve supported them through animal adoptions.

To save as many animals as possible, shelters must constantly work to generate funds in order to be “self-sustaining.”   One way for animal shelters to become “self-sustaining” is to provide additional services for pet adopters and pet owners in the shelter’s local area.  A great revenue generator for shelters is having a self-serve pet wash station like EvolutionDogWash.  A pet wash station that is self-serve does not require additional labor from the already stretched staff of the shelter and it provides a steady stream of income (See Self Serve Dog Wash Value) from people who have adopted dogs.  If marketed right, animal shelters can attract other pet owners who have not adopted a dog from the shelter but are looking for a dog wash.  This also exposes more people to the cause of animal sheltering.

We interviewed Stephanie McDonald, CEO of Edmonton Humane Society in Alberta, Canada.

Stephanie says,

“The dog wash is a valuable source of revenue.  In the shelter environment, we can’t rely 100% on donations.  We wanted to create a one-stop shop for your animal’s grooming needs.  Initially, we couldn’t find a company capable of realizing our vision to provide an onsite grooming facility, but Evolution Dog Wash stepped forward and made it possible. We raise a tremendous amount of revenue from our self-serve dog wash as a result. This money goes back into the shelter for the benefit of shelter animals and helps us meet our goal of being “self-sustaining.”

Was there any initial resistance by the public to the shelter owning a dog wash machine that makes money?

“There wasn’t any resistance from the public because there were no other self-serve dog washes. The only resistance came from doggy day cares and dog training centers whose staff provided dog wash services and didn’t want to compete. But people in our community know that shelters need creative ways to generate revenue in order to sustain themselves, so the self-serve dog wash was well supported.”

Do you find that you gain new or repeat “customers” who come to use the self-serve dog wash and have never been to the Humane society? 

“Most of the customers for the dog wash are people who have never been to the Edmonton Humane Society, which is great because it exposes them to what we do, and they come back. Also, some people who’ve just adopted from us want to strengthen the bond they have with their new pets, and one way to do that is to give their pets a bath. So they use the self-serve dog wash here at the shelter, they realise what a great service it is, and they become regular customers. It’s great.”

What is the maintenance involved with running a self-serve dog wash?

“There is really minimal maintenance. Our maintenance staff members clean the room on a regular basis and we offer towels- that’s it.”