Veterans Program

“Our inspiration to become more involved with veterans, as they transition to civilian life, hits close to home, as our fathers were veterans from WWII and the Korean War. Growing up, we heard stories of the sacrifices they made, their struggles adjusting to life back home and how proud they were to serve our country. Our fathers were fortunate enough to become very successful businessmen and our mentors for life. When we heard about the International Franchising Association’s, Veterans Transition Franchise Initiative, (VetFran Program) we thought it was the perfect way to show tribute to our fathers and to others who served our country. As a thank you, FlipFlop® Dogs, LLC is proud to offer a 25% discount to all-honorable discharged veterans.”

-Founders, Taffy and Jack Miltz

VetFran History

The International Franchise Association (IFA) founded VetFran in 1991, after the Gulf War ended, by Chairman Don Dwyer, Sr. (USAF, Ret.). The program was established to encourage IFA members to give veterans a financial incentive to purchase a franchise. This led to achieving the goal in assisting the veterans returning home from the Gulf War, to transition to civilian life.
Today, one out of every seven franchise businesses are owned and operated by a veteran of the U.S. Military, according to a recent study conducted for the International Franchise Association Educational Foundation based on U.S. Census data.

Our Purpose

To provide honorable discharged veterans with a business opportunity in the fast-growing pet industry. As a member of VetFran, FlipFlop Dogs is dedicated to helping veterans transition back to civilian life. As a way to thank you for the sacrifices you and your family made for our country, we offer a lending hand in getting you back into business with the devoted, energetic and, most importantly, hard-working team at FlipFlop Dogs.

Research suggests that:
• Spending time with dogs helps veterans cope back to civilian life.
• Bonding with dogs can provide assistance in veteran’s affected by PTSD, shown by   the numerous programs set up for this specific reason.
• Working with a dog can help a veteran decrease their everyday stress.
• Petting an animal can lower your heart rate and blood pressure.

For these reasons, our team at FlipFlop Dogs feel that working with dogs would make a perfect match for veterans.

Why Veterans Make Excellent Franchisees

1. Veterans have strong leadership skills with knowledge of how a team works.

  • Franchising requires assertive, self-starters with a strong desire to succeed while realizing the importance of teamwork.

2. Veterans are trained to follow procedures with accuracy and to accomplish a goal.

  •  A successful franchisee has the drive to start a business, follow a process, and the endurance to see it through.

3. Veterans are given an opportunity to own a business in an occupation that they have no prior experience.

  •  A franchise provides the tools to succeed at a proven business model through training, marketing material and support.

4. As a franchisee, you are supported by a driven management team, which allows you to have all the tools at your disposal.

  • At the same time, you are able to make your franchise as successful as you dream. We are looking for goal-oriented, hardworking franchisees that aspire to make their franchise the most successful one in the country.

Program Benefits

FlipFlop Dogs is proud to offer a 25% discount on the initial base territory purchase for those who qualify.

Who Qualifies?

Any honorable discharged veterans who meet the requirements of CVE, M4L and FlipFlop Dogs, LLC are eligible.

In honor of our loved ones that served:
Roland William Miltz, Captain, U.S. Army Air Forces, WWII
Daniel E. Kirk, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, Korean War

 

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    • Sophia is calm and normal..we're snuggling in the chair and watching TV. Thanks again for helping to make one aspect (and a very important one!) of this mini-vacation go smoothly..

      —Patti C.

    • Danielle,  I wanted to take a few minutes to thank you for all that you have done for us and, more importantly, our dogs.  As you know, our dogs are very much apart of our family and when Morgan was diagnosed with oral cancer, we were devastated. He completely shocked everyone by living 6 months longer than expected.  During his last months you provided such amazing care to both him and Lexy while we were away.  You treat our dogs as if they were your own... with amazing love and affection.  We are so glad we found FlipFlop!.

      —Dana

    • I love that FlipFlop® provides the Call Center to handle incoming inquiries and bookings in a timely professional manner leaving me to focus on my favorite aspects of the business.  I enjoy spending time pampering my customers, working with Companion Families and being at so many great dog events.  My favorite moment is when I pick up a customer’s dog and he is so excited that he runs to my Transit body jiggling, tail wiggling because he knows that he is going somewhere fun.  Customers always say the same thing.  They just can’t believe that their dog is so happy that he didn’t even stop to say goodbye. .

      —Danielle E.

    • We have grown a successful business with many repeat customers. Our days are never boring! One day we are visiting vets and dog trainers to promote our unique service and the next we are meeting with customers and their dogs to match them with a suitable Companion Family. Every day we get to meet amazing dogs. .

      —Nancy D.

    • It feels good to know I can provide quality, loving care to a family’s dog or dogs so that they can have peace of mind to go on a trip knowing their furry family member is being well taken care of and is safe. And I have the assurance that I can call, email or text Danielle, the owner of FlipFlop of the Lakeshore if any problems arise. I enjoy having dogs as guests in my home and still have time for traveling when not watching a guest dog. FlipFlop Dogs provides a great service to pet owners and I am happy to be a Companion for FlipFlop Dogs..

      —Cindy

    • I must admit that my dog Twister is like my child. Leaving Twister in kennels and doggy day camps always left me feeling uncomfortable and fearing that something "bad" might happen. You see, to me, he was too small and too precious to be "housed" with large dogs and caged in a kennel. Therefore, when I realized that FlipFlop offered an alternative to kenneling, I decided to give them a try. From the first moment, I felt a tremendous ease. Upon Twister's return, I received pictures and a few other items that added the "perfect" personal touch. I was so impressed that I couldn't wait to tell my family and friends about their services. I would HIGHLY recommend FlipFlop to anyone I know. Twister and I am thankful to know that he will get the very best of care when "mommy" is away. Thanks so much!.

      —Mariea

    • We had previously boarded our [dog] Austin at a local facility and I will never do that again.  It was traumatizing for all of us. I was so comfortable with [FlipFlop of the Lakeshore franchisee] Danielle, that we decided to use her service.  It was awesome!  She comes to pick up your dog.  Austin had an amazing time with his  "companion family".  We received pictures while we were on our vacation of him playing, being brushed and even swimming!  He looked so happy and content.  I can't tell you how reassuring that was for us.  I have no qualms recommending FlipFlop.  .

      —Elizabeth

    • “Now that our children are grown, our world revolves around our three dogs. We finally have the chance to travel frequently, but the thought of putting them in a kennel would be impossible. Your company has the perfect solution! Knowing that they will be cared for by other canine-loving families like ours leaves us with no worries and the freedom to travel guilt free. We give you 5 stars!”.

      —Karen S.

    • When dashing to the airport, usually cutting it close, dropping my Lab off at the kennel just adds to the stress. (Did I mention that he gets carsick?) FlipFlop® will pick Huxley up at a prearranged time making my life so much easier.

      —Danielle M.

    • We never leave our dogs at the kennel, so when we must be away, we rely (impose) on our family and friends to pet sit. FlipFlop® is the ideal solution for us. We can leave our 'kids' with a Companion Family and have complete peace of mind while we are away..

      —Kristin K