Top 5 Dog-Friendly Senior Living Communities

Pet-Friendly-Senior-CommunitiesAs the baby boomers begin to slow down and even retire, senior communities around the country are rolling out the red carpet to entice this huge infusion of new individuals.  One requirement that many of these seniors have is a safe and comfortable place to live, not only for themselves but in many cases for their furry friends as well.

 

Senior Living Communities Becoming More Pet Friendly

Just a few years ago in 2005, very few senior living communities accepted pets.  Fast forward to today and a recent New York Times piece pointed out that an estimated 40% of senior communities welcome pets.  This is largely due to the huge shift in many seniors’ affinities towards pets that has caused a seismic shift in the marketplace.

 

Not only are these senior communities becoming more accepting of pets but they are also adding a variety of amenities that pamper pets, which in turn pleases their owners.  Some of the amenities that are being added to senior communities around the country include dog washing stations, dog parks, agility courses and much more!

 

Top Dog-Friendly Communities for Seniors

We’ve put together a list of 5 of the top dog-friendly communities for seniors across the country.

 

The Palace Suites, Royale, and Renaissance

11355 SW 84th Street

Miami, FL 33173

 

The Palace Suites in Miami offers both accommodations for active seniors as well as options for long-term care if necessary.  These wonderful senior rental communities are all extremely pet friendly and offer a continuum of care for both the residents as well as their family members.  The various communities have specialized staffing in place to handle the ever-changing needs of a senior community.

 

Atria Hacienda

44600 Monterey Avenue

Palm Desert, CA 92260

 

Residents of Atria Hacienda are able to enjoy luxurious living including a movie theater, fitness center, a full-service grill and even a luxurious spa.  Atria Hacienda caters to seniors with pets and will welcome both residents as well as their furry friends with open arms.

 

The Village at Duxbury and Allerton House

290 Kingstown Way

Duxbury, MA 02332

 

This lifestyle community is a full service senior center dedicated to individuals aged 62 and over.  Opened in 1994 the 38-acre campus offers a beautiful, wooded backdrop that is a favorite among the many residents that call this great community home.  Full pet care is available as well.

 

The Taylor

3100 Carlisle Street

Dallas, TX 75204

 

The Taylor offers luxury living in Dallas at its finest.  Some seniors are not quite ready to move to a senior-only community and would rather just live somewhere that offers full amenities and maintenance-free living.  The Taylor is in the heart of Uptown Dallas and even has a dedicated Evolution Dog Wash to keep your furry friends clean year round!

 

Brookdale Skyline

2365 Patriot Heights

Colorado Springs, CO 80904

 

Brookdale Village offers a senior living community focused on independent living.  With a full calendar of special events as well as luxury amenities, seniors will undoubtedly fall in love with their new home at Brookdale Village.  Both dogs and cats are welcome as well.

 

Pets Will Continue to be Welcomed At Senior Communities Across the Country

As more seniors begin to transition toward senior living communities, there is little doubt that pet friendly communities will continue to grow.  This is good news for the droves of pet loving seniors across the country.

One Self Serve Dog Wash Company Taking Advantage of 3D Technology

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Evolution Dog Wash is proud to introduce customers to their new virtual showroom where visitors to the Evolution Dog Wash Company’s website are able to get a virtual preview of our popular Evolution self serve dog wash.

New Virtual Showroom Features a 3D Model

Taking advantage of the latest technology, Evolution Dog Wash Company is excited to announce that we now offer an interactive 3D model of our premier dog wash system.  View the interactive model of the self serve dog wash here. With the new interactive 3D model, prospective owners will be able to better visualize the dog wash unit prior to purchasing and installing.

Easier Installation Using a Virtual Showroom

The virtual showroom will enable prospective buyers to not only have the dimensions of the dog wash system, but to also get a pretty clear idea of exactly where and how they will be able to position their dog wash unit in their facility, right down to the rough in for utilities. Once the owners have a clear 3D visual of the size and scope of their new dog wash system, installation should pretty much fall right into place.

Manufacturers Using Virtual Showrooms is a Trend

Home designers and the architectural industry have been using 3D technology applications for space planning for a few years now. The trend seeing an upswing now is manufacturers and marketers using this technology as an effective sales tool.

For manufacturers and distributors of exclusive and/or larger items such as Evolution’s dog wash, there is an obvious benefit to using a 3D virtual showroom. The customer is not likely to be able to readily make a trip to the actual sales floor to view the product prior to purchasing. This gives the manufacturer the opportunity to allow prospective buyers to truly view the unit from all sides and from different perspectives.  Clickable bullet points located on specific positions on the 3D model are used to highlight special features of items.  A zoom-in function allows for a close-up view of the product and a zoom-out function gives a birds-eye view.

3D Virtual Showroom is Not Evolution’s Only Technological Advance

The new 3D virtual showroom is not the first technological advance that the Evolution Dog Wash Company has taken advantage of with their dog wash systems.  Evolution is leading their industry with their newest and most technologically advanced self-serve dog wash system. This advanced dog wash keeps owners abreast of their business and features with live system monitoring and the ability to access data from a smartphone or tablet.

Visit Evolution Dog Wash at The Car Wash Show 2015

Evolution Dog Wash Company will be an exhibitor at the Car Wash Show 2015 in Las Vegas April 23-25 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Come and connect with us for a hands-on demonstration of our Evolution dog wash.  Car Wash businesses have been experiencing overwhelming success with the addition of Evolution dog wash systems. Visit our exhibit at the Car Wash Show 2015 to see our dog wash up front and to learn how your car wash business will benefit by adding one of our Evolution dog wash units.

How Truck Stop Owners are Adding Additional Revenue in 2015

Red-SemiIt’s the start of yet another new year and a perfect time to perform an annual financial evaluation of your truck stop business. If your financial analysis reveals that your truck stop business is losing money in certain areas, it may be time to carefully consider whether or not to remove or update those products or services that are taking up your truck stop’s valuable, potentially income-producing space.

If you have determined that revenues from certain products or services that your truck stop offers are  decreasing or holding steady, now is a good time to take a closer look at ways to boost revenues from those areas.

 

Drive Traffic to Your Truck Stop

Most important is finding unique, useful and profitable features for your truck stop that will keep travelers coming back to your spot again and again.

If you’re committing to a resolution in the new year to increase revenue opportunities for your truck stop, you might consider that in our fast-paced changing retail environment, even the truck stop business could use an update to keep up with the world around us.

Products and Services for Your Truck Stop in 2015

Here are various unique and profitable ideas to keep your truck stop on top of what is trending for 2015.

Video Poker Machines / Game Room – Travelers appreciate time to wind down and keep their minds off the road ahead. Truck stop owners will appreciate the cash revenue from gaming machines.

Showers/Laundromat/Barber Shop/Masseuse – For travelers, finding these personal services at a truck stop is a major convenience and less expensive than paying a motel for such services. For truck stop owners, these services provide cash income and a major draw to keep travelers coming back.

Self Serve Dog Wash/Green Pet Area – It is common for truck drivers to bring their best canine friends along for the long hauls. These truckers will remember the pet friendly truck stops that offer services that cater to dogs, especially a warm dog bath. Truck stop owners will enjoy the return business and the quick return on this type of investment.

Drive-Thru Truck Wash – This is a popular low-maintenance, sure-bet service for a truck stop to offer.

The NATSO Show 2015 – Consider attending the NATSO Show Feb 16-19 this year at the Wynn Las Vegas. This very specialized conference offers truck stop owners the edge in the business with networking and opportunities to learn about the newest products, advice and ideas for the industry.

Put New Revenue Ideas to Work for You in 2015!

For information about how you can build lasting relationships with travelers at your truck stop with self serve dog washes while increasing your truck stop revenue, call Evolution Dog Wash today at 800-426-0760 or visit EvolutionDogWash.com.

 

Six Animal Welfare Causes for Happier Dogs in 2015

Animal-Welfare-SupportThe busy holiday season, the time when folks are making their lists, making plans to spend time with loved ones, and wrapping up the past year to jump into the new year.  The holiday season is the perfect time to make room on your list for animal welfare organizations in need.  A thoughtful way for pet lovers to show their love and concern for their furry friends is by making their annual contributions toward animal welfare causes.  Or, because animal welfare charities need your help not just during the holiday season, but all year long, consider scheduling monthly donations toward your favorite cause.

Choosing a legitimate cause with a genuine mission that benefits animals can be overwhelming. Not only are we dog lovers here at Evolution Dog Wash, but we truly have a passion for the welfare of animals.  We’ve done our research and offer a list of 6 animal welfare causes for happier dogs in 2015 for when you know your heart is in it, but can’t decide where to direct your contribution.

 

Crossroads Campus

Crossroads Campus brings together disadvantaged youth and adults with animals through innovative community programs.  Young people receive mentoring and job training in the Crossroads neighborhood pet store.  Through training and caring for the animals that are available for adoption, individuals not only get the opportunity to experience unconditional love of animals, but they also gain confidence, a sense of purpose and learn marketable skills.

 

Colorado Pet Overpopulation Fund

Founded with the mission to curb pet overpopulation, Colorado Pet Overpopulation Fund (CPOF) provides funding so local animal care and control organizations and veterinarians can work together to reduce unwanted litters by performing sterilizations and microchipping, and offering medical care to shelter animals.  Evolution Dog Wash owner Gary Sherman is proud to serve on the board of CPOF.

 

Adopt a Pet Foundation

Founded by Evolution Dog Wash owner, Gary Sherman, the mission of Adopt a Pet Foundation is to provide funds to the over-burdened, under-funded animal shelters and animal rescues throughout the state of Colorado. Funds are directed toward spaying/neutering, vaccines, disease prevention, and other services that will provide shelter animals a better chance at surviving and being adopted.

 

Morris Animal Foundation

Morris Animal Foundation is a global leader in funding scientific research that helps improve the health and quality of life for companion animals, horses and wildlife around the world.

 

Animal Assistance Foundation

Animal Assistance Foundation works to support and enhance the five freedoms (free from fear of distress; hunger and thirst; pain, injury and disease; discomfort, and free to express normal behavior) for companion animals in Colorado through grant making that is impactful and innovative.

 

American Humane Society

The mission of the American Humane Society is to protect children and pets from abuse and neglect, and to encourage the potential of the bond and the interaction between humans and animals in order to mutually benefit both.

 

Get Into The Holiday Giving Spirit

As you are getting into the holiday spirit this year don’t forget about the huge need and impact that animal charities have in our communities and across our country.  At Evolution Dog Wash we applaud these charities and look forward to what 2015 has in store for you and for the growth of our business.

Why Self Serve Dog Wash Revenue Heats up When it Gets Cold

Dog-in-SnowSelf serve dog wash facilities do a brisk business when the weather cools down. Both self serve dog wash operators and dog owners might assume that since the ground is frozen and the dirt on the ground is relatively intact, dogs won’t need as many baths during the cold winter months.  To avoid the winter chill, dog owners may spend less time outdoors with their pets during winter months than when the weather is warmer. This is the season, however, when they may tend to bring their pooches to a self serve dog wash more frequently.

 

Cold Weather Warnings

Even if a dog spends less time outdoors during the cold weather months, winter weather conditions can provide more opportunities for messier pups. As the outdoor temperature drops, many dogs actually enjoy the cooler temps and might tend to experience an increase in energy levels outdoors during play time. When Fido is feeling friskier in the winter months, his paws and legs will still pick up dirt from the ground and drool from fellow playmates. When the winter freeze sets in and the snow falls, salt and ice can accumulate on a dog’s paws and cause irritation and even illness if the dog licks their irritated paws. And, while walking and playing outdoors during the thawing periods, a dog’s feet, legs and belly will always pick up plenty of mud.

 

Discover the Convenience of a Self Serve Dog Wash

Did your dog enjoy himself way too much at the snowy and muddy frisbee dog park? Don’t want him tracking mud on your carpet but don’t have time to make an appointment with the groomer to shampoo out the mud from his paws? No problem!  There’s no appointment necessary when using a self serve dog wash facility. Walk in anytime when needed after your wintery, muddy play session.  Dog owners won’t even need to remember to bring pet shampoo and conditioner with them for these spur-of-the-moment baths.  Fido knows there’s nothing worse after a warm bath than being shocked back into reality by having to exit the bath into a cold room! Dogs and dog owners will truly appreciate the warm temperatures in some self serve dog wash facilities, especially during the colder months.

Were you and Fido caught on a slippery, icy slope of ball-chasing? Maybe he doesn’t need a full grooming in this case, but more of a quick rinse of salt and mud from his paws and legs before you bring him back into your home. This is the type of situation where a quick-thinking dog owner would swing by a self serve dog wash facility. With a self serve dog wash, if a quick rinse is all that Fido really needs or has time for, then that is all Fido will get today.

 

Discover the Benefits of a Self Serve Dog Wash

Dog owners appreciate the benefits of using self serve dog wash facilities. With a dog, you never know when you may need a quick trip to get bathed and during the colder months, those trips usually increase in frequency. Owners of more than one dog appreciate the cost savings of using a self serve dog wash. Trips to a full service groomer for baths for multiple dogs really add up during the cold months. Dog lovers agree that their pet is a family member and would appreciate that while at these self serve facilities, their dog stays with them during bath time. No need to stress your pooch and leave Fido with a groomer all day just to be bathed. And for those dog owners who no longer want aching backs from using their home bathtubs to wash their dogs, the waist-high tubs are truly a relief. A happier pup and a satisfied dog owner at the same time!

The cold weather season is the season for convenience and cost savings when bathing your dog with a self serve dog wash from Evolution Dog Wash.  For more information on these revolutionary self serve dog washes, give them a call today at 800-426-0760 or visit www.evolutiondogwash.com.

What to Look for in Pet Friendly Apartment Complexes

pet-friendly-apartmentsIf you are a pet lover, you can often feel like a “black sheep” when it comes to finding a pet friendly apartment complex.  Many management companies require hefty deposits and make it extremely expensive to rent an apartment.  Thankfully there are some pet friendly apartment complexes that understand how much you love your animal and are happy to provide you with a new home.

Before signing a lease for your next home, use the following tips to find your next pet friendly apartment.

Things To Look For in Pet Friendly Apartment Complexes:

Search for Pet Friendly Apartment Complexes

This may seem obvious, but it is important when searching for an apartment that you seek out complexes that rent to owners with pets.  There are entire websites such as PeopleWithPets.com, which cater to pet owners looking for a place to live.  You can also search for apartments on sites like Craigslist, but just make sure that you choose a complex that clearly states that they accept tenants with pets.

Negotiate With Landlords

If you’ve found the perfect apartment or house, but the owner is not willing to rent to you because you have a pet, try to negotiate with the landlord.  Sometimes money talks and if you offer a larger security deposit you may convince the landlord to rent to you.

Have Strong References

Another great way to improve your chances of snagging the perfect rental is by having strong references.  These can help landlords determine that you took great care of your previous residences which should make them feel better about renting to you in the future.  These references should preferably be past landlords so that you can build credibility.

Have a Well-Behaved Pet

Many apartment complexes that accept pets actually require a pet interview.  If this is the case for your apartment of choice, it is important to talk to Fido about being on his best behavior during the interview!  In all seriousness, having your pets complete obedience training can work wonders when it comes to showing others how well behaved your pet can be.

Find an Apartment Complex With a Self-Serve Dog Wash

One of the great reasons to choose a pet-friendly apartment complex is because they may offer amenities unheard of with most apartments.  One of these amenities that you should be on the lookout for is a self-serve dog wash.  While some complexes may offer a simple tub & hose area, finding a company that offers a self-serve dog wash can be a lifesaver.  No longer will you have to wash your pet in your bathtub and we’re pretty sure that your dog will love being washed outside.  These self-serve models are extremely user friendly and even include flea shampoo as well as dryers to ensure that you don’t have to deal with a wet dog lounging around on your furniture.

For more information on self serve dog washes from Evolution Dog Wash, give our office a call today at 800-426-0760.

 

American Made Pet Products – A Positive Trend

American-Made-Dog-ProductsWe feel it’s important to highlight the positive trend of “American Made” in the pet industry.

Currently, 78% of Americans prefer buying American goods when given a choice see:

http://www.petage.com/made-in-usa-pet-products-skyrocket/.

At the Super Zoo Pet Expo last month in Las Vegas, there were pet treats, food, toys and grooming products from all around the world. But this year, more pet advocates, pet shop and pet owners are opting to buy American Made products. Why? For starters, when it comes to pet food and treats, it’s a health concern. American products are just plain healthier because they have to go through stricter guidelines. Whereas those made in China often have no regulation at all. The recent scare of contaminated Chinese pet food and toys has caused people to pay more attention to where the toy their dog is chewing on came from.

Why the recent emphasis on “American Made” grooming and dog wash products?

One reason is that truly American Made grooming products such as a self serve dog wash come from companies such as Evolution Dog Wash that source their materials and manufacture the dog washes right here in the U.S. The money stays here and plus many of the American pet supply manufactures reinvest a portion of their proceeds back into causes that help unwanted animals and the overall pet community. However, not all Dog Wash companies source their materials in the U.S.

Not only is the Evolution Dog Wash the premiere self serve dog wash in the dog wash industry, but it is American Made all the way. This means that the stainless steel and parts used for the wash are American made and the Evolution is manufactured in Houston, Texas.

Bobby Keith, our Production Manager in our Houston manufacturing facility bleeds red white and blue, a military veteran with 25 years experience in manufacturing, engineering and electronic has helped us grow our self serve dog wash business because he and his team care deeply about the quality of the dog wash we manufacture, and our clients care that the dog wash they are buying helps the American economy. When our clients have a question about their dog wash, or need service, they know that they can talk to someone who cares and understands their business. Bobby says, “ I love my work, I love hearing the positive feedback from our clients, and love the reactions of people who use The Evolution Dog Wash for their pets. I’m confident that we build the finest quality self serve dog wash in the world because of that.”

For more information on American Made, see http://www.madeintheusabrand.com/.

Two Great Animal Welfare Groups

Inmate-dog-programBeing a dog lover and advocate for the welfare of animals, I like to recognize different organizations that share the same goals I do: to end the cruelty towards animals and educate society about the plight of neglected animals who have no voice of their own.

These two organizations not only improve the lives of dogs, but also help improve the lives of the people that interact with these animals.

Crossroads Campus is a newer 501©(3) non-profit in Nashville, Tennessee. They bring people from all walks of life to achieve their mission of transforming the lives of people and animals. Crossroads Campus has an outreach program, Caring Connections, which brings together youth in need of healing, enhanced empathy, and the building of their self-worth. They do this with the help of rescued puppies and dogs that need socialization, basic positive reinforcement training, and need to develop trust to be ready for adoption. These youth are typically in state custody or are aging out of it.  With the help of professional dog trainers, veterinarians, and motivational speakers, Crossroads helps empower these youth to be better members of society and helps find these pets a forever loving home.

A similar organization, the Prison Trained K-9 Companion Program, which I am personally involved in, was established through the Colorado Correctional Industries. The adoption fees charged for each dog support the program. This program trains dog for a variety of tasks ranging from a regular house pet to a drug-sniffing dog. For most dogs this program was their last chance. These dogs are taught how to act around people and other dogs. They are house and crate trained, taught to respond to commands, and go through confidence building by using agility equipment. This program gives Colorado prison inmates the opportunity to help train and care for the dogs. Working with the dogs helps the inmates learn skills that can help them find jobs when they are released, learn coping skills, work on difficult personal issues and helps build their overall character.

One inmate I spoke with was incarcerated at the age of 17.  He told me , “All I wanted to do was do drugs and cause trouble.”  When I spoke with him when he was age 33, his plans after his release were to find work training dogs.  He said, “My family is proud of me and I have value and a purpose in life now.”

Both programs have the ability of making a huge impact on every animal and person involved – giving them each the opportunity for a better life.  Lisa at Crossroads Campus is also thrilled about the addition of her new Evolution Self Serve Dog Wash which will advance their mission of becoming self-sustaining.  I’m thrilled that my dog wash company can be a part of helping improve the lives both animals and people.

Self-Serve Dog Washes are latest trend at The Car Wash Show

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The Evolution Dog Wash features fully integrated mobile monitoring of the system.

Each year, the International Car Wash Association puts on The Car Wash Show, and 2014 is no different.  This show brings together car wash professionals from around the U.S. and the world to share ideas and to look at new technologies that are emerging in this booming industry.  The Car Wash Show 2014 will be taking place from March 31 – April 2 in Chicago, Illinois.  Picking the Windy City for this year’s show promises to offer a perfect mixture of fun and educational entertainment, all revolving around the car wash industry.

New Dog Wash Technology Featured at The Car Wash Show 2014

Each year, new technology is unveiled at The Car Wash Show, and one of the highlights of this year’s show will be the Evolution Dog Wash.  This dog wash is the most technologically innovative, self-serve dog wash available on the market.  If you are looking for ways to expand revenue at your car wash, you should not look past the Evolution Dog Wash.

 Advantages of Self-Serve Dog Washes

  • Increased Revenue Stream – With car wash owners constantly looking for ways to grow their revenues year over year, a self-serve dog wash offers an affordable way to grow their customer base. 
  • Loyal Customer Base – Pet owners typically treat their dogs and cats as members of their families.  If they were to choose whether to clean their car or clean their animal, chances are that cleaning their animal would win.  Tap into this loyal customer base by adding a self-serve dog wash to your car wash.
  • Real Time Income Analysis – The Evolution Dog Wash features state of the art digital technology which allows owners to look at real time income amounts to see how well their dog wash is doing at any time.  This allows owners to quickly see how well their dog washes are doing out in the field.
  • High Quality Construction – The aircraft grade steel construction of the unit allows car wash owners to use the unit either outside or inside.  A self-serve dog wash from Evolution Dog Wash will last for years due to the high quality construction.

 

Testimonial from an Evolution Dog Wash Owner

Randy Holladay of Del Norte Car Wash recently purchased an Evolution Dog Wash and is extremely pleased with the product.

“My car wash is right next to a dog park, and I have consistent customers that bring their dogs to be washed every single weekend.  If I had to do it all over again, I would definitely purchase another Evolution Dog Wash.  The owners have been great to work with and have been able to help out with parts and supplies as needed.  I think people like the dog wash because I have it outside and they don’t have to worry about washing their dogs in a tub and having to deal with a wet dog shaking to dry off inside the house.  When I installed my first Evolution Dog Wash, I had another set of plumbing connections installed and I’m thinking about purchasing another unit this summer, if things continue to go well.”

As you can see, car wash owners are seeing great returns by purchasing an Evolution Dog Wash.  If you want more information on the product, visit our web site at www.evolutiondogwash.com or check us out at The Car Wash Show 2014 in Chicago, Illinois.

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.

Animal-ShelterAdopters 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.

 

Stephanie McDonald, Edmonton Humane Society

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.”

 

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