A 3rd generation entrepreneur, 26 year old, Anshul Goenka, Founded Woof BnB when he realised how difficult it was to travel with his pets on a vacation.
“We are also pet owners, but it was difficult for us to leave them alone at home even for a day. It is then when I thought of coming up with my own portal, a one-stop-shop to meet the needs of a pet owner.
“I started with identifying the gap and talking to pet owners regarding the problems they faced. It gave me an insight and helped to establish different verticals in the business over time. I wanted to establish an organised, convenient, economical and comfortable platform feeding the various requirement of a pet and its owner,” he says walking us through a day in his life.
Woofbnb is an e-commerce and pet care aggregator providing products and services to pet owners across Pune.
The brainchild of a pet lover, the startup has till date served over 9000 pet owners, having more than 1800 products and around 50 registered vets.
They also provide a platform for pet admirers interested in earning extra income by being a sitter or walker to a pooch.
“Being the chief of every operation, my roles vary across segments,” smiles Anshul. “Right from reaching to the customers to brand building and marketing, collaborations and client satisfaction- I have my eyes on everything.
“I also look after various society collaborations and sponsored adoption camps. We make it a point that the walkers, sitters and veterinarians are reliable and certified before listing them on our website.
“Currently, we are a work force of 18 people, including Prodipto Roy and Utpal Muzumdar, family friends and the current addition to the core team,” he adds.
“We wanted to provide an array of services and products best suited to the pets. Woofbnb is designed as a portal catering to the varied needs of a pet owner. From grooming services by expert groomers, to connecting to a certified Veterinarian, we offer it all.
We wanted to help you book a reliable dog walker or find the perfect sitter online who can take care of the pet in your absence.
Woof is also an online store with a range of pet products, delivered within 24 hrs of ordering.
“Now, we provide the owners with pet walkers and sitters who can also turn hosts for their pets apart from grooming sessions and certified vets. The walkers and sitters could be a student, a housewife, or someone doing a part-time course.
“They can register themselves, provide all details and photos of the house (for sitters), a small description about themselves and the rates they will charge.
“If someone is looking for a host, they can just visit our website, feed their pin code and find the pet sitters in that area.
“We suffer a lack of reliable pet-care providers in the country,” he adds.
Woof bnb is a one stop solution for all pet-parents, who find it difficult to manage and maintain their pets at home.
It offers convenience to pet owners through range of services, delivered to the comfort of their home.
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Outside of work, Anshul likes to trek and work it out at the gym.
He likes spending time with kids and grandparents, understanding their psychology and behaviour.
A quick get together with an acquaintance is on the cards are how his easy days look like.
Talking about his expansions plans he says, “We are working on expanding our scope of operations to different cities starting with Mumbai and Bangalore in the coming months.
“I feel that a portal like us will encourage people to adopt and own a pet without worrying about managing and maintaining them,” he signs off.
#Pune365 Wishes Anshul and Team Woofbnb all success ahead. Woof Woof to a great 2018!
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