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P et owners know that each animal has its own unique needs and personality. Founded by people who have owned and loved pets their entire lives, Woofie’s is built around this philosophy.

Woofie’s ASHBURN TECHNOLOGY PARK 44200 Waxpool Road, Suite 137 Ashburn, VA 20147 571.426.6503

The company started with pet sitting requests from the owners’ friends, families and co-workers, and they saw a lack of personalized, reliable, professional pet care in their community. In 2004, Woofie’s officially opened for business and quickly grew to a seven-days-per-week model, with a team of pet care professionals and a fleet of seven vans for boutique mobile grooming and training for pet owners and pet care professionals to learn pet first aid, CPR and more. With their St. John Properties location in Ashburn, VA, Woofie’s offers the best service possible to clients. “Our Ashburn Technology Park location is right in the middle of our service area,” Amy Reed, co-founder and co-owner, said. “We have pet sitters, dog walkers and groomers coming into the office each day, so it was important for us to have a location that was convenient for our team members. With our new curbside services, the location is extremely convenient for our clients who wish to bring their dogs to our office for grooming services.” The location also allows Woofie’s to stay connected with the community: “We also

hold many large fundraisers for our clients such as our annual Paws & Claus Event where hundreds of clients come to get professional photos of their pets with Santa as well as buy gifts from local vendors who set up their tables in our warehouse,” Reed said. Woofie’s space is divided into office areas, a conference room and a secured area. The rest of the space is a warehouse and garage for the mobile grooming fleet, grooming product inventory and other gear. “We had very specific needs in order to store our mobile grooming vans inside the warehouse and St. John was very flexible and accommodating,” Reed said. “For example, we needed multiple drains built into the floor so we could safely and easily dump water from the grooming vans at the end of each day. We also had specific water and electrical needs, and they were able to accommodate all of our requests.” Today, Woofie’s faces new challenges. “With the new COVID-19 environment we all find ourselves in, we pivoted our business and started offering Fetch concierge services for those clients who are unable or uncomfortable with leaving

their homes to run errands,” Reed said. “We also now offer curbside grooming services for those clients who want to bring their pets to us and stay inside their cars while we do nail trims and other grooming services. “Woofie’s is not a traditional brick-and- mortar business,” Reed said. “Many landlords would have been turned off by working with a pet services company. They not only took us on as a tenant, but they have been extremely supportive every step of the way especially now when COVID-19 has dramatically impacted our company. They clearly take great care of their employees and that naturally extends to the care they give to their tenants.”



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