If you're a dog person, you know that taking a vacation can be hard on your pup, and your wallet for that matter. Friends can't always help doggy-sit, doggie day cares are usually 9 to 5, and kennels can get pretty expensive, not to mention depressing.
Luckily, there's a new startup called DogVacay and its solution is an "Airbnb for dogs." With DogVacay, you can give your dog a vacation of its own while you're away so you don't have to stress. Your dog can be in a big yard or in a comfy living room instead of locked away in a kennel surrounded by 50 other dogs.
Like Airbnb, DogVacay connects hosts, or in this case pet sitters, with people who need their services. 24/7 support is also available, along with daily photo updates, and there's even an option for pet insurance for both pets AND the host's home.
Despite the name, DogVacay can also find a sitter for your cat and welcomes all breeds and all ages of dogs.
However, unlike Airbnb, hosts and sitters go through very vigorous background checks. You can even meet the sitter beforehand. CEO Aaron Hirschhorn told TechCrunch:
“We’ve had over 130,000 applications for people who want to be hosts throughout the U.S. and Canada, and have accepted just over 20,000. ... We’re continuing to get a lot of interest there, and we’ve been able to stick to our quality standards and our vetting process.”
If you're thinking about becoming a host, you could earn up to $1,000 per month. You can control what breeds or type of dog you are willing to take in, set your own schedule, and even participate in training sessions.
Guests pay for DogVacay through the site, which will take a 15% cut to cover its overhead costs.
What do you think? Would you use a service like this? Let me know by posting in the comments below.
Here are the links you need to check out DogVacay for yourself:
- Click here for the Apple app.
- Click here for the Android app.
- Click here to check out the website.
- Want to host a dog? Click here to find out how to apply to be a sitter.