Friday, November 23, 2012
DogVacay Reaches Million Dollar Milestone
DogVacay, the online marketplace that connects pet owners with other people willing to watch and board their pets, said this week that it has reached the 1 millionth dollar paid out to its hosts. The startup--which just raised a $6M, Series A funding round a few weeks ago--offers a peer-to-peer marketplace which lets dog owners pet sit for other pet owners. The firm vets the hosts for its service, and also provides an Internet-enabled service to let owners see how their dogs are doing and more. The funding round earlier this month came from Benchmark Capital, First Round Capital, Science Inc., and others. The Los Angeles startup was created after founders Aaron and Karine Nissim Hirschhorn started watching other people's dogs as a sideline, and found that there was a lot of demand for similar services from people not satisfied with leaving their loved pets at impersonal, gigantic dog boarding facilities.