Woofie’s to Offer Free Services During COVID-19 Pandemic
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In an effort to help communities during the COVID-19 pandemic, pet care franchise Woofie’s is offering free services and webinars for health care workers and homebound clients.
Health care workers, who often spend long shifts at hospitals, will be able to access dog walks and grooming services for free.
“Our health care workers already have so much to think about in the wake of this pandemic,” said Amy Reed, co-founder of Woofie’s. “If we can help ease their minds by caring for their pets while they’re away, we are more than happy to do it. It also gives us the opportunity to show them how grateful we are for the work that they do.”
Woofie’s clients and community members have shown an outpouring of support for this initiative by donating money to sponsor the walks, Reed added.
Woofie’s also recently launched a Fetch concierge service in which Woofie’s team members run errands and deliver medications and groceries for clients who are homebound.
Fetch came about as a result of the stay-at-home orders. Once the mandate passed, people no longer needed pet sitters and dog walkers, and overnight, requests for Woofie’s services declined, according to company officials.
“In 15 years, we never laid off one person,” Reed said. “Then, suddenly, we had to start thinking about furloughs.”
Meanwhile, officials continued, grocery store delivery companies like Instacart were backed up, so Reed pivoted Woofie’s business model to help the employees and the community. One hundred percent of Fetch proceeds go directly to the attendants, according to officials, enabling team members to continue earning an income even though the demand for pet sitting and dog walking services has declined.
Woofie’s mobile grooming services have continued to thrive during the pandemic, however, the necessity for no-contact services became imperative, officials said. To address this need, Woofie’s is now offering no-contact, curbside pet wellness services at their corporate office in Ashburn, Va.
In addition, Woofie’s has launched a free community health and wellness initiative for its clients and employees. This includes live Zoom yoga classes, online workouts, daily walks and community posts on Instagram or Facebook. The aim is to keep the community connected while they work on getting healthy together, officials said.
For details about Woofie’s Fetch concierge or curbside services, email firstname.lastname@example.org.