Stage: Revenue generating
Number of employees: 6-15
Investors: Mike Jones, Benjamin Ling, Don Hutchison, Thomas Ryan, Brian Lee, Tom McInerney
DogVacay.com is a community marketplace that addresses the $5B market for dog-boarding and pet-sitting. Instead of paying for a crowded and overpriced kennel, our users book with experienced hosts who watch dogs in their own homes. In two months since launch the we have gained national coverage with thousands of approved hosts.
We provide multiple layers of quality control, a comprehensive insurance policy, emergency support, photo updates, and other pet services like daycare and walking.
We were founded in 2011 by a husband and wife team who boarded over 100 dogs in their home to make extra money while saving for their weddin. We are now venture capital funded by First Round Capital, Science, and several angels.
Dog Vacay runs on the collaborative consumption model. We are the marketplace for the transactions of thousands of dog owners and professional pet-sitters. We take a transactional fee of 5 to 10 percent from each booking.
Traditionally, dog owners had two options when leaving for vacation - send the dog to the local kennel or hope a friend was willing to watch him. Now Dog Vacay provides an opportunity for owners to find local pet sitters and leave their dogs in a cage-free, loving home. Hosts need us because we offer insurance and marketing they currently cannot, while dog owners love our service because it saves them money, provides a cage-free stay for their dog, and the security of knowing their loved one is in good hands.