I’m a pet lover. Memories of childhood almost always includes a menagerie in the background. As an adult, however, I have had to rein in my love of pets, simply because I cannot really afford to take care of one. Not to mention the problem of “who’s going to take care of the dog while I discover the world”?

Airbnb for pets

My reasons, however legitimate I think they are, have not stopped others from owning as many pets as they want; and for those people, DogVacay provides a really cool solution.

DogVacay is a startup based in LA and is the pet project of husband and wife Aaron Hirschhorn and Karine Nissim Hirschhorn. They are, quite obviously, pet lovers; and the company was conceptualized to answer a need that the couple has faced often enough.

The idea behind DogVacay is much like Airbnb, except that the target audience is man’s best friend. Much like you would check out Airbnb for accommodations for your trip, you can check out DogVacay for qualified and reliable people to take care of your pet/s while you’re away.

DogVacay: The Airbnb For Pets

Using DogVacay’s playfully designed web site, you only need to take three steps to find accommodations for your dog.

  1. Find the perfect host.
  2. Schedule and book.
  3. Go away on your trip without worrying about your dog. (Well, worrying is up to you, but at least you have the assurance that someone qualified is taking care of your pet.)
And, just like with Airbnb, you can sign up as a dog host. If you don’t really go away all that much, and you don’t mind taking care of other people’s dogs, then this is a great way to earn some money on the side. Of course, you have to be able to prove that you are qualified to be a dog sitter.
Another good thing about DogVacay is that they provide insurance to cover unexpected circumstances. Emergency vet support, photo updates (proof your dog’s alive and kicking?), and 100% money back guarantee are also thrown in.
So, if you’re going away soon, and you need a dog sitter, you might want to give DogVacay a shot!

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