The Pet Sitting Business - Franchise Opportunities

The Pet Industry is Booming

  • In 2016, 5.76 billion was spent on Pet Services within the U.S.
  • In 2017, consumers spent an estimated $69.36 billion on their pets
  • 68% of U.S. households own a pet, which equates to 84.6 million homes
  • 2 million U.S. households own a dog
  • 1 million U.S. households own a cat

This industry is growing!

Why Join the Pet Care Industry?

The Pet Care Industry is making headlines! Check out Entrepreneur Magazine’s 6 Reasons You Can’t Go Wrong with the Pet Industry.

The Raleigh Pawz Difference

From a business perspective, Raleigh Pawz offers a proven system that will help new franchisees run a smooth successful business. The software utilized also allows you to easily manage staff schedules, time off requests, and generate pay stubs for payroll purposes.

As a franchisee, you’ll use modern and mobile friendly software that sets your business apart from the competition. From a business management perspective – at our fingertips – franchisees can manage client requests and communicate with clients in real-time regarding requests, pet care instructions, and payments. Once a client has their payment method on file, you’ll be able to process their payment with little to no wait time for collection.

Raleigh Pawz is an award winning, eco-friendly, and modern pet sitting company established in 2004. Our pet sitting and dog walking service is an insured and bonded company that only hires real passionate employees, not independent contractors.

During the hiring process, potential employees are subject to a multi-step interview process, including a criminal background check. This ensures the company’s safety as well as our clients. After the candidate is hired, they receive Raleigh Pawz official hands on training which includes a pet safety and home safety protocol. In addition to the training, all employees are covered under our worker’s compensation plan.

From your client’s perspective, you’ll offer the perfect alternative to a kennel and pet networking sites. We keep your pets happy at home, and provide you with professional care.

As a Raleigh Pawz customer, you are able to enjoy peace of mind and reassurance that your pets are well cared for while you’re away. We guarantee that you will return home to a happy pet. While you’re away, our sitters go the extra mile by taking care of any home tasks you may need completed such as watering plants, bringing in mail/packages, rotating blinds/lights, taking out trash/recycle.

At the end of each visit, you will receive a visit note including photographs emailed to you in real-time from our walker/sitter.

Raleigh Pawz prides itself on scheduling flexibility. When you’re ready to book, you can have peace of mind knowing we do our best to accommodate same day requests, no matter what last minute situations arise from our current clients.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the advantages of investing in a Raleigh Pawz franchise versus trying to start my own independent pet sitting and dog walking business?

Starting your own business can be an overwhelming endeavor and often start-ups lack the support and proven processes needed to help them succeed. Raleigh Pawz has taken the guesswork out of how to operate, market, and run a successful business since we provide the proven formula.  When starting a business, you’re faced with hundreds of decisions from where to purchase employee shirts to how to manage your social media. Investing in a Raleigh Pawz franchise provides all of the solutions and support needed in order to be your own boss and grow your business.

What is the initial training and how does it take place?

The training program will take place in Raleigh, NC or at another location that we designate. The initial training program will last approximately three to five days.  We will also send one of our trainers to your Raleigh Pawz to provide on-site opening assistance for up to five days.

The training program is all-inclusive and covers everything that you need to know to run a Raleigh Pawz ranging from client scheduling, to hiring and staffing, to payroll.  You’ll receive our exclusive Operations, Marketing, and Employee Manuals so that you have access to our proven systems and helpful tips to easily get started. Franchisees will get hands on experience during the training program and on-site opening assistance so that they have all of the skills needed to operate a successful Raleigh Pawz.

Will I receive ongoing support post initial training program?

Yes, we will provide tools and support during the life span of the franchise agreement. Tools and support to operate, grow, and problem solve is at your fingertips with access to the Raleigh Pawz private intranet. A trainer is always a click or phone call away. As a franchisee and part of the Raleigh Pawz family, you also have opportunities to network and connect with other franchise business owners in our supportive online community and coaching calls.

Are there any special licenses or certifications required to become a Raleigh Pawz?

We require that all franchisees and their employees are certified in Pet CPR and First Aid. We can help you connect with a certification class in your area during the training program.  Depending on your location, your city may require you to obtain a business license. You can contact your local city office for more information.

How do I determine territory?

We work with our franchisees to determine population density, demographic and geographic boundaries. Your Designated Territory will include a population density of approximately 100,000 targeted households depending on the population density and traffic patterns.

How much is the initial Franchise fee?


What is the initial investment to open up?

$37,260 to $46,690

Does Raleigh Pawz Franchise Systems (RPFS) provide financing?

RPFS does not provide direct financing. However, RPFS works with numerous third-party financing organizations that may be able to assist you in securing financing for your franchise based on your credit worthiness.

What are the ongoing royalties?


Get Started

You’ll complete a short Questionnaire providing us with a little more information about you. Then, we can send you the Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD), providing you with more information about Raleigh Pawz!

We schedule a phone call to discuss what it is you’re looking for in a business opportunity, your motivation for being a franchise owner, and territory of interest. You’ll learn more about the pet care industry and what makes Raleigh Pawz a success.

The Franchise Disclosure Document provides you with information on the business opportunity, including the initial investment range and legal responsibilities involved in being a Raleigh Pawz franchise owner. You can review a copy of the franchise agreement itself with an attorney of your choice.

Candidates who we believe would be a good fit to own a Raleigh Pawz franchise will be invited to Raleigh, North Carolina to learn more about the opportunity and to meet the Raleigh Pawz management team.

Upon 72 hours of attending the Discovery Day, you will know whether or not a franchise is going to be awarded. Upon execution of the franchise agreement, you’re now a Raleigh Pawz owner. We’re excited for you to join the Raleigh Pawz family! Next, you’ll schedule a time to attend Raleigh Pawz University for your initial training program.

Ready to get started?