It’s a dog’s life, so the saying goes.
If that dog is a guest at Wagly, that might not be so bad.
Wagly, a new veterinary experience based in Bellevue, provides a full health experience for dogs, cats and anything smaller than a horse. It will open a massive new location in the Lake Hills Shopping Center at the end of June.
Shane Kelly, chief executive officer and founder of the company, said the company had spent a year just getting ready for this stage.
“The concept was to create a totally integrated, coordinated pet service operation,” he said. “I’ve been in both human health care and pet health care since the mid-90s.”
Wagly will provide full surgical care for pets along with wellness checkups and a small retail section. Staff will be at the “pet campus” 24/7, and both dogs and cats can have social or individual areas to rest, recover and play.
Kelly has a group of veterinary experts who helped along a veterinary business called Pets Choice more than a decade ago on the East Coast. He said Wagly was a reaction to a “pet parent” movement of people taking more active interests in the well being of their furry buddies.
“Vet hospitals with boarding and grooming grew at about double the pace of those without,” Kelly said. “Our demographic is suburban and urban and have higher incomes. Bellevue, after we broke it down, is exactly our demographic.”
Wagly has purchased several veterinary hospitals and the Bellevue location is the first in Washington to provide services. Two others are open in San Francisco and Tustin, California. Several more will open before the end of the year. Wagly has signed a contract to have a location in the Sammamish Town Center.
Peter Brown, Wagly’s chief medical officer and a doctor in veterinary medicine, said the company was something he was proud to be attached to.
“To do what is best for our pets, we need to educate owners, engage the pet parents, and provide financial solutions,” he wrote. “But just as informed pet parents are critical to a happy, healthy environment, so is convenience. Pet families suffer from busy schedules; dogs go unwalked and cats go unplayed with. Wagly changes the paradigm by bringing pet care to our fingertips. By cutting out guilt and busyness to give pets what they need, we’re making pet families happier.”
Wagly employs more than 300 employees and is doing around $12 million in business, Kelly said.
“It’s growing so quickly because of our incredible passion for pets and the people who live with them,” he said. “We’ve built a world-class team here.”
The Lake Hills Wagly will be two stories and inhabit more than 10,000-square feet. There are multiple operating rooms, examination rooms, play rooms for day care, grooming areas, obedience training rooms and even home services to bring trainers and dog walkers to your address.
Wagly has implemented a central vacuum system to clean up when the “call of the wild” strikes. It’s cleaner, quicker and more sanitary than central drains.
Kelly hopes to have Wagly’s first clients on July 1, and hopes word of mouth spreads the professionalism and efficiency of the company.
“Our commitment to technology is huge,” he said. “We are hoping to have an app later this summer so you can check on things. We are striving to remain competitively priced with the market.”
No, Wagly will not be the cheapest option, Kelly said, but it will be reasonable in the picture of veterinary care.
And more than anything, he and his employees want “pet parents” to feel like they are leaving their dogs, cats and whatever other critters with people who care about the well being of animals.
Kelly said that your pet will receive the same love and attention that his pooch, Magnus, will get whenever he comes in.
And that’s sure to leave tails wagging.