The commute that changed everything
In 1999, Jacob D’Aniello and his future wife, Susan, were fresh out of school with student loans to pay and only $50 between them. Commuting home from work one evening, Jacob was listening to a radio talk show when an interview segment came on about a man’s career as a pet pooper-scooper. Jacob almost changed the channel, but then it clicked – this man loved his job! Jacob’s wheels started turning.
When Jacob shared his idea with Susan, she was immediately excited about the prospect of starting a business together. The following week, the young couple put together their homemade DoodyCalls website.
It started with a housewarming gift
The first DoodyCalls client responded to their website and wanted to buy the service for six months for a friend who had just purchased a new home. The friend’s pet had already left far too many “presents” in the yard.
Before Jacob and Susan knew it, they were leading double lives, scooping in the mornings and then changing clothes in the parking lot to go to their full time jobs. Their side business was thriving and they invested all they could back into their growing business, but success, they discovered, had its own timeline.
Risking it all, and never looking back
In 2004, Jacob and Susan look a leap of faith and quit their day jobs to focus on DoodyCalls full time. They established company headquarters in Charlottesville, Virginia, and began franchising nationwide.
DoodyCalls has since grown to over 57 territories in 23 states, and has been the subject of news stories in hundreds of publications. This includes two recognitions as the number one pet waste removal franchise in the United States by Entrepreneur Magazine’s annual Franchise 500 list. To put it plainly, DoodyCalls is cleaning up!