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.
Aaron Hirschhorn- Founder & Top Dog
Karine Nissim Hirschhorn - Co-Founder
Nian Wang - CTO & Data Retriever
Skylar Williamson - Product Manager
Alex Lee - Dog of All Trades
Austin LaRoche - Communications Manager
Louis Zeun - Web Developer
Matthew Fitzpatrick - Web Developer
Priscilla Liang - Community Outreach
Cali Shadonix - Customer Relations Manager
Nicole Ellis - Director of Host Relations
Pooja Sawla - Customer Relations Manager
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.