Wag N’ Wash is Nominated as 2016 Inclusion Award Winner
Having no expectations or plans for the type of growth they’ve experienced, Wag N’ Wash co-owners Dan Remus and Jeff Strauss now own five locations from initially opening their first location on Uintah Street in 1999. They also have 6 franchises currently open and six more on the way! Being life partners for 21 years, their success has enabled them to embark on many philanthropic projects such as pet adoptions, food drives, and support for groups like the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region.
“My dad always said, ‘The community is good to you, so it’s an obligation to be good back’.”
Strauss’s father owned a jewelry shop on Tejon Street from the early 70’s to the late 90’s and Strauss developed his own sense of great customer service from working for his father. Remus has a background in corporate personnel which brings a lot to the table for Wag N’ Wash. Outside the business, they have supported both the Colorado AIDS Project and Southern Colorado AIDS Project. Beyond that, they have raised over $40,000 in the past three years for the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the Los Angeles LGBT Center.
Though the money’s not from their home state, “there are ancillary effects via social media that affect the entire country.”
In addition, Wag N’ Wash has also supported the great work of Project Angel Heart, which delivers meals to those struggling with mobility issues and life-threatening illness.
“I care a lot about what happens on the give-back side. A lot of people don’t realize how little you need to do sometimes to make such a big benefit down the line for someone else.”
All of the support Strauss and Remus have payed forward is undeniably benefiting many different foundations around the country. No wonder they were chosen as one of the 2016 Inclusion Award Winners!