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5 Good Reasons You Should Work in the Pet Industry

The pet industry has been on the rise for decades and shows no signs of slowing down. Let’s check out the five main reasons why a move to the pet industry could be just the change your life needs.

1. It’s Thriving (And Growing!)

There has been no better time in history to get into the pet industry. According to the American Pet Products Association, pet parents spent 95.7 billion dollars on their pets in 2019. That number is projected to increase.

In 2020, the APPA estimates the pet industry will rake in a whopping 99 billion dollars. Those are some pretty attractive numbers to an entrepreneur looking to explore pet industry jobs.

Those numbers make perfect sense considering the growing trend behind the numbers: pet ownership. The APPA found that 67% of all American households own a pet—that’s almost 85 million families. Some of those families will even own multiple pets, each one with its specific laundry list of needs.

For example, if you buy or adopt a new puppy, you’ll need to be sure you have plenty of toys and food. Plus, the crate and dog bed. Don’t forget a leash, a harness, or both! There will be medical expenses to worry about as well. Do you see the pattern? Pet ownership is on the rise, so joining this industry now is not just a safe bet—it’s a smart one.


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2. It’s Consistent

Another great reason to consider taking advantage of the opportunity to enter the pet industry is job security. Most people believe their pets to be less like possessions and more like family. And as members of the family, they consider and tend their basic needs (and then some) with care. Since pets’ needs aren’t seasonal, most sectors of the pet industry are consistently busy year-round.

A new business owner should also consider what might happen if the worst were to happen: a recession. However, those people in the pet industry can worry a little less. In tough times, pet owners are more willing to cut costs in other areas of their lives rather than skimp on the standard their pet expects. Remember, these are more than pets to most people—they’re family.

3. There Are Options

Whether you’re looking for part-time employment, full-time employment, or a side hustle, there is truly something for everyone in this industry. With such a wide range of pets and owners, the pet industry is continuing to expand to include new pet business ideas year after year. For example, nutrition is becoming more and more important to pet owners. Gone is the kibble from years past, owners are now looking to be sure their pets consume nothing but the best.

Other burgeoning career paths in the pet industry include:

  • pet photography
  • pet blogging
  • massage therapy

Regardless of where your expertise lies, you can find an outlet for your talents in the pet industry!

4. It’s Rewarding

Having a career in the pet industry can be an enriching lifestyle for a few key reasons. First, if you do choose to franchise your own business or pursue a start-up, you can be your own boss. You can lay the foundation for your business and determine what path to set it on. Second, working in the pet industry can provide a lot of fun variety in day-to-day activities: no two animals are the same!

Finally, for any animal lover, the chance to not only be around animals all day but also serve them and fellow pet enthusiasts can increase their satisfaction and overall happiness!

5. Start-Up is Easy

Do you want to look into pet industry jobs, but you’re unsure where to start? Or perhaps you know you’d prefer to hitch your wagon to a more established business. Either way, K9 Resorts makes it easy with our franchising opportunity. We’ve built, improved, and maintained simple systems that make it easy for franchise owners, managers, and staff to succeed.

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