Doodie Calls, a company that meets all your pet-waste clean up needs is this week's Business Spotlight.
Denise Cassidy-Dietsch wanted to work with animals and saw a need that wasn't being filled in the Lehigh Valley so Doodie Calls was born.
Cassidy-Dietsch helps pet owners who are unable, busy or unmotivated to clean up after their pets, maintain a clean and healthy atmosphere.
Q – Name of and Type of Business?
A – Doodie Calls, LLC; Pet Waste Cleanup Service
Q - Number of years in business?
A - Serving the entire Lehigh Valley and Southern Carbon County since May 2012.
Q - Address, phone number, website?
Q – Number of employees?
A – Only me.
Q – What is your specialty?
A – I clean up pet waste for busy people, those who are not physically able, those recovering from major surgery and those who love their pet, but not the dirty cleanup task. I also clean litter boxes for expectant mothers and people who are on vacation. I welcome both residential and commercial customers. No job is too big or too small.
Q – What or who is your biggest competitor and how do you provide better services/products?
A – I am not aware of another company in the Lehigh Valley area that not only cleans up dog waste, but also cat litter boxes. I feel this sets Doodie Calls apart from other pet-waste cleanup companies. I also welcome requests for waste cleanup for other types of pets.
Q – What is your mission statement or philosophy behind running your business?
A - Doodie Calls caters its services to clients’ needs. Be it once a week, twice a week or one time cleanups, we are happy to design a cleanup plan specific to your request. We care about our community, which is why we offer discounts to seniors, veterans and those who have adopted shelter or rescue pets.
Q – Can you share a story about your business? A triumph or obstacle you’ve overcome, perhaps?
A - A client recently asked me for help. She realized that her dog was not in the best of situations, and asked me to help find her dog a loving home. Through my network of friends, clients and rescue contacts, we found her a wonderful home that same weekend. I lost a client, but was able to help a dog in need.
Q – Is there a history regarding your business you’d like to share?
A - My professional background is in the engineering and technical field. My previous company closed and the business was sent out of the country. I thought it was the right time to start a business dealing with animals. I have always wanted to work with animals, and decided that pet-waste cleanup can be outsourced. From that idea, Doodie Calls was born.
Q – What are your plans for the future?
A - My plans are to continue to clean up the Lehigh Valley, one back yard at a time.
Q - Do you have more than one location?
A - I have one location, but my business is completely mobile. I travel to my customers.
Q – Is this a family owned/operated business?
A - Yes.
Q – Is this a chain or franchise?
A - No.
Q - Have you won any awards or had special recognition?
A - No, I have not.
Q - Did you receive any type of special funding to start up your business?
A - No I did not.
Q - Is there anything else you’d like to share about your business? History etc….
A - I have found that for many reasons, be it ailing health, physical disability, or a host of other reasons, there are people who are just not able to keep up with their pet-waste cleanup. I want to help these people keep their pets and keep their yard or litter box clean. It’s healthier for the family and for the pets. It’s also perfectly fine for a person to be too busy to clean up or if they just don’t want to do it. I can help those people too. Doodie Calls offers gift certificates, in any amount, which are great gifts for the pet lovers in your family or neighborhood.
** Common Myth about dog waste: It is not lawn fertilizer - it actually burns the lawn.