WAKE FOREST, NC – If you’re looking for a career change or just need a new job, pet grooming is booming.
According to a recent survey by the American Pet Products Association, 70% of American households own a pet. That’s over 90 million households.
What do you want to know
- According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, there will be more than 65,000 openings for animal care and service workers projected each year over the next decade.
- The American Pet Products Association reports that nearly $104 billion was spent on pets in the United States in 2020
- Dirty Dogs Spa in Wake Forest is working to meet grooming demand across the country
dirty dog spa, a Wake Forest pet salon, is doing what it can to keep up with record demand.
“All of these blue spaces are our customers,” said Vanessa Davis, owner of Dirty Dogs Spa, showing us all of her reservations for the month of November. “I feel very blessed.”
Davis says demand for appointments at her spa has reached record levels
“The holiday season quadruples the demand. You can definitely tell a lot of new pet parents out there and I’m sure they’re all over the place,” Davis said.
The American Pet Products Association reports that nearly $104 billion was spent on pets in the United States in 2020.
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, there will be more than 65,000 openings for animal care and service workers expected each year over the next decade.
Haylie McCollough started at Dirty Dogs several weeks ago.
“I’ve always had a very strong love for dogs but I didn’t think about the veterinary field, too depressing thought, so I thought why not do dog grooming. It’s a bit more positive,” McCollough said.
McCollough is a grooming student.
She and many other spa employees came to Dirty Dogs from the food and beverage industry.
“Especially right now with COVID, the service industry is very unreliable, so a lot of people are starting to pull out of it,” McCollough said.
Dirty Dogs also operates as a school, and Davis says that in pre-pandemic years there would only be three to four new students each year.
This number is now close to a dozen.
To keep up with demand, Davis opened a second dog salon in October and recently doubled the size of Dirty Dogs.