Innovative Technology Start-Up Docupet Opens U.S. Headquarters in Downtown Syracuse

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Mayor Ben Walsh was joined by City Clerk John Copanas, CenterState CEO, and SUNY Oswego to welcome DocuPet, an innovative, technology-based municipal pet licensing service, to the city of Syracuse. The Downtown office is the company’s United States headquarters.

DocuPet, a Canadian start-up that provides robust online services for pet owners, municipalities, and businesses, recently launched its pet licensing solution in the United States. As part of the launch, Syracuse was selected as its U.S. headquarters with the assistance of the Office of the City Clerk and CenterState CEO. The company opened for business in The Tech Garden. The Syracuse office will run shipping, customer service, and marketing operations for all United States jurisdictions.

“We are excited to stand alongside our community partners and officially welcome DocuPet to Syracuse. This adds another organization to our growing list of tech-based companies who have decided to call Downtown their home,” said Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh. “DocuPet provides an important service to our residents, and by choosing to locate their United States headquarters in Syracuse, its reach will extend beyond our community and contribute to the city’s reputation as a great place to do business.”

“Our company is growing and with that growth comes the need for partnerships that can help move DocuPet forward. We have been incredibly impressed and grateful for the work that our partners – the City of Syracuse, CenterState CEO, and SUNY Oswego – have led in helping DocuPet set up our U.S. headquarters,” said DocuPet CEO Grant Goodwin. “DocuPet looks forward to continuing to build upon that relationship in Syracuse, and in the Central New York community.”

“DocuPet offers incentives to encourage people to comply with New York State requirements to license their dog in Syracuse,” said John Copanas, City Clerk. “This protects dogs in our community; will help reunite lost dogs with their owners and will deliver additional revenue to city government to cover licensing operations. We are proud to welcome DocuPet not only as a city partner but to its new American headquarters here in Syracuse.”

“CenterState CEO has engaged with our economic development counterparts in Kingston and eastern Ontario, Canada, as well as Queens University and SUNY Upstate Medical University, to help create ‘soft-landing sites’ to enable companies to expand their markets on both sides of the border,” said Robert Simpson, president of CenterState CEO. “We are excited that Docupet is one of the first Canadian companies to utilize this partnership to open a U.S. location in Syracuse. CenterState CEO, in partnership with the City of Syracuse and SUNY Oswego and utilizing the unique startup ecosystem of The Tech Garden, has provided the company with connections to people, customers and resources they need to be successful. In turn, we have connected local firms that are looking to expand into Canadian markets with our counterparts in Ontario. We firmly believe this crossborder partnership will benefit both communities and are already seeing the positive results of this engagement.”

“Our campus eagerly welcomes this partnership with DocuPet particularly in the area of technology innovation,” said SUNY Oswego President Deborah F. Stanley. “This is a core program area for our campus and potential pipeline for our students.”
The city announced in September that DocuPet would begin processing dog licenses for the City. Syracuse dog owners can register their dogs and renew their pet license online at syracuse.docupet.com.

DocuPet’s office is located in The Tech Garden, AXA II, 235 Harrison Street, Syracuse, NY 13202. For more information visit syracuse.docupet.com.

About DocuPet

DocuPet provides the most advanced pet licensing program in North America, driving ordinance compliance while reducing municipal costs and providing new value to pet owners. DocuPet launched its first municipal pet licensing program in Ontario, Canada in late 2014. Since that time, DocuPet has partnered with more than 20 municipalities and regions. DocuPet’s mission is to provide pet licensing, rewards programs, and lost pet services to as many pets as possible, helping ensure that every pet in North America has a safe and happy home each night. To learn more about DocuPet, visit docupet.com.