About Us

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What is DogVacay?

Forget the kennel! DogVacay is the leading online service connecting pet owners with over 20,000 loving sitters across the U.S. and Canada. With our five-star-rated sitters, 24/7 customer support, and daily photo updates, pet parents can travel or drop their furry friends off for daycare with peace of mind. And with DogVacay handling insurance, payment, and customer support, our sitters can focus on what they love most—animals!

Our History

The DogVacay story begins in 2012 with Aaron Hirschhorn and Karine Nissim, a couple who didn‘t believe in paying hundreds of dollars to leave their dog cooped up in a kennel every time they traveled. When Aaron and Karine started opening up their own home to guest pooches, they realized it was the start of something special. Eventually, tens of thousands of animal lovers across North America applied to join the community and host dogs in their homes. Since, DogVacay has been praised for revolutionizing pet care and has been featured on ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, CNN, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA Today, and other major news outlets.

Finding a Sitter

Ever wish you could leave town without having to worry about your pup being locked up in a kennel? Now you can leave your worries at the door. Simply enter your zip code to start browsing our community of loving, five-star-reviewed sitters, then schedule and book online. All of our sitters pass through a strict screening process, including interviews, video training, and reference checks, and every reservation is covered with premium pet insurance for your ultimate peace of mind.

Becoming a Sitter

Whether you‘re retired, a work-at-home professional, a college student, or just a lifelong pet lover, DogVacay makes it easy to earn money watching pups. As a DogVacay Host, you‘re in complete control of your own rates and schedule, with access to 24/7 customer support. In addition to at-home boarding, our Hosts can offer different pet care services, from pet sitting in the customer's home to daycare to walking and training. With DogVacay, it's easy to build clientele, earn money, and have a great time doing it!

Our Team

Located just blocks from the beautiful beaches of Santa Monica, California, our team of over 75 dog lovers is here to serve you! From our Concierge and Marketing teams to our Engineering, Product, and Development groups, we‘re passionate about transforming the pet care experience for pups and pup parents everywhere.