DogVacay

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DogVacay
Subsidiary
Founded March 2012[1]
Founder Aaron Hirschhorn & Karine Nissim Hirschhorn
Headquarters Santa Monica, CA[2], USA
Area served
United States
Canada
Key people
Aaron Hirschhorn, CEO[3]
Parent Rover.com
Website dogvacay.com

DogVacay is a Santa Monica based company known for home dog boarding and other pet services.[4] They serve clients in both the United States and Canada and place dogs with host families in lieu of the dogs being boarded in a kennel.[2] The company has been the subject of national news features in the LA Times, Forbes Magazine, USA Today, and on NBC News.


History[edit]

DogVacay was founded by husband and wife Aaron Hirschhorn and Karine Nissim Hirschhorn. The concept was said to come from the couple's "desire to find a real, loving home for their own dogs, so that their boarding experience is as much a vacation as their owner's."[1] They began the company after having trouble finding a place to board their dogs.[4] They left their dogs with a friend and upon returning from a trip they saw that the dogs seemed happy. They began trying to dog sit themselves, and their clients grew from one to one hundred.[5]

Initial funding for the company was obtained from First Round Capital, Science Inc.,[6] Baroda, Quest, and Andreessen Horowitz.[1] Additional capital was obtained in November 2012 from Benchmark Capital.[7] The company initially debuted in New York City and Los Angeles in March 2012.[2] In July 2012, the company went national in the United States[8] and currently operates in both the U.S. and Canada.[2] In October 2013 it was announced that the company had raised an additional $15 million in funding.[9] The company raised close to $50 million in venture capital across several funding rounds by early 2015.[10]

On March 29, 2017, DogVacay was acquired by Rover.com in an all-stock deal.[11] At that time, it was reported that total bookings on the combined sites amounted to $150 million in 2016, of which they kept about 20% in commission fees.

Concept[edit]

The concept of DogVacay is to match dog owners with host families.[12] Hosts sign up for free on the website and share information about themselves and their experience with animals. The company runs a check on the host families which includes interviews, reference checks, online training, and verification of identity.[5] Pet owners can also read reviews about the hosts as well as contact the host families prior to placing their dogs. The company also offers insurance coverage, 24/7 customer support, and a money back guarantee.[4]

Hosts are allowed to set their own fee for services directly on the website.[12] The fee for the service is paid through the company. Pet owners pay DogVacay who then pay the host family, minus a commission which is retained by the company for their placement.[4][8] The company also offers an ad-hoc concierge service for dogs which includes dog walking, dog daycare and last-minute bookings.

This concept is also known as Dog Boarding. This is seen as a more personal alternative to Kennels. Other companies who practices this concept include Fetch, Rover and HouseMyDog. [3]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Rao, Leena (13 November 2012). "The Airbnb For Pets, DogVacay, Raises $6M From Benchmark". TechCrunch. Retrieved 20 March 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d Manning, Sue (25 May 2012). "Doggy Couch Surfing? DogVacay Has Lodging For Dogs". USA Today. Retrieved 20 March 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Lunden, Ingrid (28 June 2012). "DogVacay Adds Airbnb Investor Andreessen Horowitz To Its Pack of Backers, Aims To Become The Place For All Pet Services". TechCrunch. Retrieved 20 March 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c d Change, Andrea (1 March 2012). "Start-Up Spotlight: Dog Vacay, A Home For Fido When You’re Away". LA Times. Retrieved 20 March 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Chun, Janean (7 March 2012). "Aaron Hirschhorn, Dog Vacay: Because Dogs Need Vacations, Too". Huffington Post. Retrieved 20 March 2013. 
  6. ^ O’Dell, Jolie (1 March 2012). "Just In Time For SXSW, Dog Vacay Will Help You Find A Home-Based Dog Sitter". Venture Beat. Retrieved 20 March 2013. 
  7. ^ Tam, Donna (13 November 2012). "Pet Sitting Site DogVacay Fetches $6 Million More In Funding". CNet. Retrieved 20 March 2013. 
  8. ^ a b Geron, Tomio (2 July 2012). "Dog Sitter Site DogVacay Expands Nationwide As Kennel Alternative". Forbes Magazine. Retrieved 20 March 2013. 
  9. ^ Taylor, Colleen (10 October 2013). "Pet Boarding Marketplace Dogvacay Fetches $15 Million Series B Led by Foundation Capital". 
  10. ^ Sarah Lacy (21 February 2017). "The $70 Million Dog Sitter". Startups.co. Retrieved 21 February 2017. 
  11. ^ Roof, Katie. "Rover and DogVacay merge to dominate the pet-sitting market". Techcrunch. Retrieved 30 March 2017. 
  12. ^ a b Baskas, Harriet. "Going On Vacation? DogVacay Offers Homestays For Pets". NBC News. Retrieved 20 March 2013. 

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