Even The Jet Set Pets realizes that there are times when your four-legged friend can’t accompany you on a trip.
- Leave your posh pal with a friend or relative
- Have a petsitter stay in your home with Fifi
- Check your chic canine into a swank pet hotel
- Put your pet in a kennel, where they may be caged
- Leave them with a stranger in your neighborhood
If the last choice sounds unappetizing, think again. DogVacay.com, a new website that allows pet parents to find nearby homes to board their dogs, launched this month to a great success. It’s being called the airbnb for dogs. Whether you’re looking for a cozy one-bedroom for a Chihuahua or a 10-acre ranch for a Greyhound, Dog Vacay bills itself as the ideal solution for dog lovers searching for the right service at the right price.
Home-based dog boarding can cost half the price of kennel boarding, and it’s often a better experience for the dog. Dog Vacay makes finding a host simple. Since launch, over 3000 people have applied to join Dog Vacay’s vetted group of hosts, and approximately 1000 have been accepted. The company announced Monday that it has raised $1 million in seed funding.
“The response to Dog Vacay has been overwhelming, and we’re seeing tremendous demand to offer the service across the country,” said Aaron Hirschhorn, founder and CEO of Dog Vacay. “We’re going to rapidly deploy across the country in the coming months and are gearing up for the very busy spring and summer travel season. With Dog Vacay, owners now have the peace of mind knowing they can leave their dogs with qualified people in their neighborhood – a better experience for their dogs and their wallets.”
Hirschhorn and his wife Karine Nissim Hirschhorn and their two puppies launched the business on March 1 after their own experience. The founders opened their home to other dogs whose guardians wanted a better option for their boarding needs. Business was booming, and Dog Vacay was born out of the love of creating a safe happy place for your dog to stay while you’re away.
Professional and casual pet-care providers from across the country sign up for free to market their services on DogVacay.com and set their own rates, which range from $15 to $75.
Dog Vacay screens dog hosts, provides emergency support to hosts and customers, regular photo updates by email and SMS, pet insurance coverage, concierge services, and 100% money-back guarantee.
For now that screening involves using social media to verify a host’s identity but Dog Vacay says background checks will be done starting in a couple of months.
Have you or would you use Dog Vacay? Please share your experiences and thoughts with The Jet Set Pets community?