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Doggy Couch Surfing? DogVacay has Lodging for Dogs

The site lets pet owners look up hosts in the area who will care for a dog in their own homes, giving a pet the food, exercise and attention you would give if you stayed home - sort of a doggy version of couch-surfing, for an average price of $25 to $30 a day.

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Need a Dog Sitter? There's an App for That

Consumer Reporter Lynda Baquero has dog apps that will help you pamper your pooch.

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Aaron Hirschhorn, Dog Vacay: Because Dogs Need Vacations, Too

New Yorkers scrambling to find a place to put their dogs before jet-setting now have the option to set their loved ones up with a local, pet-friendly paradise all their own.

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Pet Friendly Travel Unleashed

CEO Aaron Hirschhorn discusses pet travel and easing worries when on the go through DogVacay.com's home dog boarding.

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TECHCRUNCH: Pet Boarding Marketplace DogVacay Fetches $15 Million Series B Led By Foundation Capital

DogVacay, the Los Angeles-based startup that operates a pet boarding marketplace that's been dubbed the "Airbnb for dogs," is announcing today that it has raised $15 million in new funding.

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CNBC: Start-up DogVacay tackles $11 billion market

If you've ever returned from vacation to pick up your dog from a kennel to find a massive multihundred-dollar bill and a very unhappy dog, you'll immediately understand the value of a start-up called DogVacay.

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Dog Lovers Go Online to Find Alternatives to Kennels

After years of kennel guilt, dog lovers finally have a better solution: home dog boarding through DogVacay.com. Thanks to DogVacay.com, you're able to board your dog in the home of a trusted and insured dog lover for about $25 per night, depending on your location.

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6 Tips to Save Thousands on Pet Care

Next time your family's away, consider DogVacay.com. With 10,000 vetted hosts across America, families in your town sign up to pamper pups right from their own homes. They're also about 40 percent cheaper than a kennel.

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Five Travel Websites You Need to Know About

What are the best websites to help you plan your vacation? CBS News travel editor Peter Greenberg speaks to the "CBS This Morning" co-hosts about the top five websites he recommends, from Tripit.com to DogVacay.com.

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Husband And Wife Don't Know What To Do With Their Dog, So They Start A Company

Dog lovers Aaron and Karin Nissim Hirschhorn wanted something better for their pets so they started DogVacay.com, the online marketplace that connects dog owners with loving pet caregivers nationwide at a fraction of the average cost of a kennel.

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Finding a Temporary Home for Pooches

Dog owners previously had two options when they wanted to go on vacation but couldn't take the pooch along-send Fluffy to a kennel or ask a friend or family member to dog-sit. A start-up called Dog Vacay provides a third option.

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In the Dog House

Like savvy travelers who forgo pricey hotels for budget accommodations on sites like Couchsurfing.org, easy-going pups now have an inexpensive place to crash, too. Two new services allow New York dogs to stay with a local pet-lover while their owner is away: Dogvacay.com and Rover.com both allow pet owners to create a profile with info about their animal, and can browse hundreds of hosts' profiles to see where Fido will fit in best.

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4 Websites for Earning Extra Cash

Good news, animal lovers: You don't have to pound the pavement to become a pet sitter. Use this site to advertise your availability and daily rate (starting at $15 a night) and let dog owners come to you.

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DogVacay.com Offers Alternative to Kenneling Your Canine

Fran Goulet is known to her clients as "Mommy Fran," an in-home or in-your-home dog sitter who treats your furry ones as if they were her own.Goulet says business has been steady since she was approved as a DogVacay host last June.

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Offbeat ways to make money: DogVacay

As a life-long dog lover, Jay Koblenz couldn't imagine going too long without a pet. Now Koblenz is semi-retired but earning about $1,000 a month watching people's pets while they go on vacation through a company called DogVacay.

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Getting to Market: 4 Crucial Steps

To get some perspective on go-to-market strategies, I decided to talk to the founders of DogVacay, a start-up that offers a real home for dogs when pet owners are away. It's a new form of dog boarding that's offering an alternative to the traditional kennel.

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Aaron Hirschhorn of DogVacay: Building the Next Big Pet Business

Aaron Hirschhorn and Karine Nissim Hirschhorn know the pain of high dog boarding cost. On a little faith and a lot of credit card debt, the couple launched DogVacay as a company that would enable anyone (who qualified with an in-depth screening process) to offer in-home dog boarding for a fee.

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All eyes on the sharing economy

Why pay through the nose for something when you can rent it more cheaply from a stranger online? That is the principle behind a range of online services that enable people to share cars, accommodation, bicycles, household appliances and other items. Variations on these models include DogVacay a dog-kennel service.

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The Art of Science

DogVacay founder Aaron Hirschhorn said that the value of having Science help develop his idea was twofold. First, Science helped him make DogVacay into an actual, usable product and interface. Second, the credibility and connections Science brought with fundraising were extremely valuable, both at the seed and Series A levels.

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Slay That Holiday Debt

Got bills? Plenty of us do, if the National Retail Federation is to be believed. Look for a "microjob." Sites like Gigwalk, Freelancer.com, PeoplePerHour, TaskRabbit, DogVacay and Fiverr offer short-term jobs -- some traditional, some unconventional.

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A Home Away From Home for Pets

While the owners are away, the dogs will play.That's the concept behind DogVacay.com, which offers dog owners an alternative to boarding or pet sitting while traveling.

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Local Service Offers dogs a home away from home

For pet owners who would rather leave their little critters in the comfort of a home rather than a kennel during their work day or when they travel, there is a scarcity of options in Santa Monica. Local company DogVacay is looking to change all that.

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DogVacay: Locals Earn Extra Cash While Dogs Vacation Too

Are you a dog lover looking for a new income opportunity? Maybe you want to be a dog owner but not quite ready for the full-time commitment? Or maybe you want to introduce your children to pets, but want to see how they handle a new addition to the family? If you answered 'yes' to any of the above, Santa Monica-based company DogVacay may be for you.

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It Takes a Village to Raise a Pooch

While the old adage, "it takes a village" refers to raising children, these days it may very well refer to the dogs in our lives. With dog ownership at an all time high and more households looking at dual incomes to stay afloat, finding an alternative to caring for our pooches when we are away or unable has taken a new twist.

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Year One: Dogvacay Barks Its Way Up

Dogvacay is one of the startups leading the charge in Silicon Beach. It's unique and practical concept has proven to be an easy, convenient, and positive experience for all…especially dogs!

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Airbnb Declares No Vacancies for Anonymity

Authentication requirements for some travelers looking for shared accommodations around the world will be getting a little tougher.

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The Airbnb For Blah: Why Startup Analogies Aren't Going Away

The Pandora of art. The Netflix of voter registration. The Airbnb for dogs. New startup ideas are often difficult to explain, but in recent years, entrepreneurs, PR firms, and the tech press have turned to business analogies like these to quickly elucidate new concepts.

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4 Ways to Find the Best Place to Board Your Pet

If you have a pooch, this site is for you. Dog lovers become Dog Vacay hosts by turning their home into a vacation retreat for other people's dogs.

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How People Make Cash In The Share Economy

Sabrina Hernandez, a student at San Francisco State University, charges $40 per night through Web site DogVacay, to take care of dogs in her apartment.

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Gabe Slate Looks at a High Tech Alternative to Dog Kennels

There's a new startup called DogVacay.com. It's helping dog owners board their dog for much cheaper than a kennel. Gabe Slate looks at the latest in high-tech dog sitting.

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The Airbnb For Pets, DogVacay, Raises $6M From Benchmark

DogVacay, which launched in March this year as an Airbnb for dogs, has raised $6 million in new funding from Benchmark Capital.

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Pack leader Benchmark Capital tosses DogVacay a giant $6M Series A bone

Not all investors are created equal, and pet services marketplace DogVacay has reeled in one of the best in the business as part of its $6 million Series A financing round.

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DogVacay lets owners and sitters indulge their puppy love, worry-free

For dogs of all shapes, sizes, breeds, and proclivities and their owners, DogVacay is here to help.

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Dogs and drag queens: Hoda's search for new friends

With Kathie Lee busy, she hasn't had much time to spend with her co-host – so Hoda is turning to dogs to fill the void.

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New Website Finds a Home for Your Pup While You're Away...

It can be hard to enjoy your days on the beach when your best pal is spending his in a kennel. Enter DogVacay - a newly launched online community that helps you find a real home where you can board your dog.

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In Home Dog Boarding

Dogvacay.com - which has been referred to as a Match.com for dogs whose owners are out of town - offers a convenient means of pairing dogs with responsible, affordable, and reliable twenty-four hour home care.

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High Tech Doggie Daycare

New sites like Dog Vacay are connecting dog-sitting hosts with local pet owners who can't travel with Fido this summer. Kara Tsuboi brings you the latest in high-tech dog sitting.

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The 23 Hot Los Angeles Startups You Need to Watch

Los Angeles is quickly emerging as one of the biggest startup hubs. Angel investor Gary Vaynerchuk thinks it will eventually surpass New York and Silicon Valley as the tech capital of the world

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Dog Vacation: Pairing Pooches with Homey Digs

Launched in March in Los Angeles and San Francisco, Dog Vacay now has thousands of users and more than 4,000 hosts. It's just arrived in a number of Canadian cities, including Vancouver and the Victoriaarea.

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Dog Sitter Site DogVacay Expands Nationwide As Kennel Alternative

Startup DogVacay takes the concept of the "sharing economy" and throws it to the dogs. Unlike other companies that help people rent out their houses, like Airbnb, or their cars, like RelayRides and Getaround, DogVacay is a marketplace for people to find others to take care of their dogs.

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A New Website Called Dogvacay.com Allows for Easier Dogsitting

BROOKLYN, New York (WABC) – Danielle Rapin doesn't just love her dog Baci, she loves pretty much all dogs. So much so, that she hosts other dogs in her Brooklyn apartment. She provides those services through dogvacay.com, a website that gives dog owners an alternative to boarding or relying on family and friends.

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Doggie Vacation: Pairing Pooches with Homestays

Valerie Steiger, a life coach in Canyon Country, Calif., had a 4-month-old puppy and tickets for a 10-day trip to Thailand. Steiger knew that Joey, a cavalier King Charles spaniel-shih tzu mix, would need more attention than what a traditional stop-by-the-house pet sitter could provide, so she went online in search of a good boarding kennel.

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Affordable Canine Care and Fix Your Own iPhone

A new site wants to help dog owners in San Francisco and Los Angeles find good help for Fido when they are away, and a popular car-sharing service just went nationwide. Get the gear to fix your own iPhone– for as low as $10 per toolkit. And this app makes it easier to sort through daily deal clutter.

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DogVacay Connects New York City Dog Owners With People to Watch Their Pets While the Owner is Away

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -...the options are board it or perhaps have a friend or neighbor take care of it. A new service hopes to expand the alternatives. DogVacay.com sets people up with someone who will watch their dog while they're away.

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Capital Buzz: A New source of Protein for Washington

Web-based dogsitting services DogVacay, headquartered in Los Angeles, has invaded Washington. The service, which helps dog owners find local residents to dogsit, will be in nine cities by the end of the month. DogVacay is backed by former MySpace Chief Executive Mike Jones.

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Valley Talk: Yelp IPO Edtion

"DogBnb," is the latest from Los Angeles-based accelerator/startup studio Science, the guys who brought you another name that rolls off the tongue.

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Shock and Paw: Adopting a Dog. For the Weekend.

"Sit." "Roll over." Go by that jogger and do something adorable.Congratulations, you're now ready to own a puppy. Well, short-term-lease a puppy. Presenting Dog Vacay, an online service that connects traveling pooch owners with responsible pooch sitters, available now.

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Dog Vacay Boarding Service

Ever since we learned how to massage a puppy, dog walkers in Washington Square Park have learned how to avoid us. A less creepy way to make friends with animals: Dog Vacay, now live in New York. Essentially the humane version of Rent-a-Pup, the site hooks owners up with willing sitters to avoid the stress and cost of kennels.

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DogVacay.com Sends Fido on Vacation

DogVacay.com is a newly launched Santa Monica-based website offering the services of real people in your city as dog-sitters while you go away on vacation. With all the dog-friendly developments – clothing lines, gourmet organic treats that look like cupcakes – it should come as no surprise that dogs are getting their own vacations now, too.

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Doggie B&B Service Places Pets in Homey Spots

If traveling with your pooch is simply out of the question, new online service will let you leave them in the creature comforts of home. At someone else's home, that is. Dog Vacay, which is set to go live this week in the New York metro area, will help you find a home for your dog to stay in while you're away.

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Just in time for SXSW, Dog Vacay Will Help You Find a Home-based Dogsitter

Love the idea of having a dog, but hate the guilt of leaving your pet behind during business trips or vacations? Dog Vacay, the latest launch from L.A. incubator Science, speaks to exactly that problem...

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Dog Vacay Launches a Community Marketplace for Dog-sitting

Last Sunday morning, I was lonely, lying in bed and really wishing I owned a puppy. But considering my travel schedule, I could never own one. So I "Pathed" (shared a thought on Path): "I wish there was an Airbnb for Puppies." Lo and behold, a few days later I was pitched "The Airbnb for Dogs."

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Daniel Vasquez: DogVacay.com Coming to South Florida

DogVacay.com, the online doggie boarding booking service, is headed to South Florida. Pet owners can search DogVacay.com's database for nearby homes (not kennels) of professional pet-sitters or plain pet owners willing to take in a pet for a temporary stay – and cash.

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Traveling Dog Owner? Meet the Airbnb for Dogs

Leaving your dog at a kennel can be heartbreaking, and asking a friend to dog-sit can feel intrusive. So what is a traveling dog owner to do? A new site called Dog Vacay hopes you'll instead find a local home for your dog while you're away. On Thursday, it's launching Airbnb-type listings for dog boarders.

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Dogbnb: DogVacay Wants To Help You Find A Boarding Alternative For Your Four-Legged Friends

As a former dog owner, I know how challenging it can be to find the best care for your four-legged-friend when going on vacation or taking a trip. While boarding dogs at kennels is an option, I always prefer to have a dog sitter at an actual home take care of my pet to ensure one-on-one care.

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Dog Vacay is Airbnb for Dog Boarding

One of the big problems with having a dog is that when you travel, you need a place to keep it that will be responsible but not too expensive. Dog Vacay is working to solve this problem, by connecting dog owners with dog watchers, and lowering the average cost of the stay.

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DogVacay.com

Dog Vacay is a community where dog lovers can connect with one another to find and provide safe, convenient and affordable ways to care for their best friend.

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Interview With Aaron Hirschhorn, DogVacay.com

Do you have a pet dog, and do you travel a lot? If so, you're probably familiar with the travails of having to find a kennel to place your dog into, are constantly worrying about how your dog is doing in that kennel, and probably are feeling a little guilty, too, about having them locked up all week while you are away. To address that worry, Los Angeles-based DogVacay lauched last week [...]

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Dog Vacay is Basically Airbnb for Dog Boarding

For most dog owners (like me!), finding a place for your dog to stay while traveling can be a huge pain. You can put your dog in a kennel, but most of the time that means your best friend spends several days cooped up in a cage with only limited time to play.

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Dog Vacay.com - Dog Boarding Service

Finding reliable people to look after your dog when you're going away on vacation should stop being a problem now that a service like DogVacay is here. This new dog boarding service lets you find qualified people to look after your four-legged friend, for a price you're sure to afford.

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DogVacay: Who's Having the Most Fun This Holiday?

Before I came to live to Israel I had a great concern for a member of my family: my precious dog. I was going away for a long time and my mother wasn't really excited about looking after her for six months. Suddenly, I found a solution. I bought twenty pounds of dog food and trusted that without the expenses my mom would finally agree to take care for Wendy. And so she did.

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Online dog fight: Rover.com rival DogVacay launches Airbnb for pets

This could be one very interesting dog fight. A new startup company out of Los Angeles by the name of DogVacay is getting some attention today after it launched an online marketplace for pet owners to find nearby lodging for their dogs. Basically, it's an Airbnb for pet care.

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Dogbnb: DogVacay Wants To Help You Find A Boarding Alternative For Your Four-Legged Friends

As a former dog owner, I know how challenging it can be to find the best care for your four-legged-friend when going on vacation or taking a trip. While boarding dogs at kennels is an option, I always prefer to have a dog sitter at an actual home (or at my own home) take care…

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Website of the Day: DogVacay.com

As dog owners know, the hardest part of traveling is the stress of leaving a beloved pooch at a kennel filled with strange dogs and confined spaces. To save the day is Dog Vacay, an Airbnb for the four-legged set. With a design interface strikingly similar to the human vacation site, seasoned travelers will feel like they've used the site before.

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DogVacay Is the Air BnB for Canine Friends

Take, for example, this bit of awesomeness: In the same way that Air BnB has made it easy to rent out our spare bedrooms to trustworthy travelers, or Relay Rides has made it easy to share our cars with other drivers, DogVacay is helping dog owners find a safe, happy home for their dogs to stay while they're off traveling.

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Tech Life: Sending Your Pooch on a DogVacay

As any dog owner knows, vacations - or the complications thereof - are one of the few serious drawbacks of animal companionship. Long car trips are tough on many pets, and few owners are eager to take a dog aboard a plane or train. Then there's the question of where your pet stays when you get there.

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Pet Owners Seek Alternatives to Traditional Boarding

What were these pet parents going to do with their "children" when they went on vacation? In Virginia Beach, they had friends who would pet-sit for the two dogs, but they didn't know many people yet in Doraville. The couple began searching for pet sitters on Craigslist.com, emailing sitters until they found someone they felt was affordable. They visited the person's home before ...

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Pet Owners Seek Alternatives to Traditional Boarding

How does a beachfront weekend in South Beach for only $50 a night sound to you? Not into surf and sand? What about a five-star hotel in Coconut Grove, surrounded by parks and lush mangroves, for $40 a night? Oh, and by the way, these vacation spots aren't for you. They're for your dog. Dog Vacay is a dogsitting service set to launch May 23 in Miami, providing bed and breakfast listings for the city's canine companions.

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DogVacay Matches Dog-Sitters, Pet Owners in Orlando

For $20 per night, Meagan Hackley will treat your dog to an Orlando vacation. She offers a home on Lake Arnold with a half-acre of plush, green lawn and her dog Gunner, a fawn-colored lab and red hound mix, as a friend. Hackley is part of a growing group of Orlando-based dog-lovers who have opened their homes to vacationing dog owners in exchange for side money through DogVacay.com.

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Dog Vacay, the Airbnb for Dogs, Launches in New York City

Accumulate enough animal-loving friends and you're likely to find yourself on the receiving end of emails like: Anyone want to stay in a sunny 2-bedroom apartment next weekend FOR FREE . . . and watch Buster while we're out of town? We promise he doesn't bite! Or, even the occasional: Okay, so maybe he does bite, but we'll leave a six pack in the fridge.

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New Startup Company Sets Out to Offer Dogs Dream Vacations

As humans, we have the ability to go on vacations and take trips to different destinations around the world. But why should humans have all the fun? That's the idea behind a new California startup called Dog Vacay, which is run by entrepreneurs Aaron Hirschhorn and Karine Nissim Hirschhorn.

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First Round is Going To the Dogs

In a way, we are – with our latest investment – dogvacay.com. I'm happy to announce that @FirstRound has lead a seed round in Dogvacay.com – a community where you can have your dogs boarded in real home settings, not caged in a kennel. While I'm not a pet owner, I know many of them – and they all feel guilty whenever they have to put the pet in a kennel.

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Husband and Wife Entrepreneurs Make Dog Boarding Make Awesome

Your flight is booked, bags are packed and your private paradise, oceanfront villa bordering a remote island awaits you. In the midst of eagerness for your next vacation, your blissful thoughts are interrupted by a deep pang of guilt and anxiety. Why? Because like most pet owners, you cringe at the thought of leaving your four-legged family member at a dog kennel or pet hotel.

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Going on Vacation? What Happens to the Dog?

If you've ever gone out of town and left your dog behind, you know that special form of guilt reserved for dog owners. It's like dogs all have a degree in it. Jake, my normally cheerful, smiling yellow Labrador retriever, has a master's in Guilt. As soon as he hears a suitcase roll out of the closet, he knows someone from his clan is going to be leaving soon.

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Dog Vacay: Connecting Hounds With Hosts

Whether you're looking for a homey environment in which to board your dog, or want to make some money by hosting one in your home, a new company called DogVacay.com is offering to help hook you up. The site launched March 1 in Los Angeles and San Francisco, and will soon be adding other cities to its listings, through which dog owners and dog sitters can connect.

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Send Your Dog on Vacation

Leaving your dog at a kennel can be stressful and asking a friend or family member to dog sit can feel too imposing. So what is a vacationing dog owner's next best alternative? How about a community of great dog sitters right in your neighborhood through a new web site called Dog Vacay.

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DogVacay.com Launches Superior Alternative to Kennels with a Community of Loving and Trusted Dog Boarders

Dog Vacay, the online marketplace that matches dog owners in need of pet-care services with amazing qualified animal caregivers, launches today in Los Angeles and San Francisco. With Dog Vacay's new service to find dogs local homes to stay when their owners are away, dog owners[...]

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DogVacay is "AirBNB for Dogs," But I'm Thinking Bulldog Rental Service

Putting aside any reasonable skepticism one might have for any online service suffixed with "for dogs," the just launched DogVacay.com is pitching itself as an "AirBNB for dogs." Like AirBNB does for bedroom and home rental, the matchmaking service offers a place for regular folk to offer up their homes for dogsitting, as well as reviewing patrons and their mutts in return.

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Dog Boarding Just Got Awesome?

We recently stumbled across a new site called DogVacay. The company allows anyone who wants to host dogs in their home to apply for a listing. It's up to the homeowners to set their own price, allows them to choose their own schedules, and even select what type and size of dogs they are willing to host.

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DogVacay is the AirBnB For Your Pets

You are traveling with your 4-legged friend and it can be challenging to find the best care for your dog. You can always ask a friend or keep them at a dog-day-care center, but what if you have a dog sitter at an actual home to take care of your pet that ensures one-on-one care? The difficulty is actually finding dog lovers who want to babysit for dogs in their spare time.

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DogVacay, A Site That Connects Dog Owners to Dog Sitters

Dog Vacay allows you to find a real home to board your dog. It's better than a kennel where Spot will be stuck in a cage all day. Home boarding gives your dog individual attention, fun with a small number of well-socialized dogs, and supervision from a responsible pet owner – at a price that doesn't add up to more than your vacation.

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Dog Vacay: Pet Care Alternative Launches

This new service finds local homes where dogs can stay while their owners are away, so dog owners who travel are no longer forced to choose between a caged kennel or burdening a friend with the responsibility of pet-sitting.

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Need a Getaway? Book @ DogVacay

With Dog Vacay's new service to find dogs local homes to stay when their owners are away, dog owners who travel are no longer forced to choose between a caged kennel or burdening a friend with the responsibility of pet-sitting

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DogVacay: An Alternative To The Kennel

I'm a dog lover. My wife and I treat our Corgi, Steve, like a child. And every time we have to travel, we feel awful leaving him at even the best kennel. See, Steve was a rescue dog. When we got him, the people at the rescue organization said there had been a rash of foreclosures in the area, and that people were leaving their houses and abandoning their dogs.

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Worried About Your Pet While on the Move? DogVacay Will Take Care of Your Pup

The biggest difficulty dog owners face these days is that they find it tough to leave their pets unattended at home when they are away. In a bid to address the problem once and for all, DogVacay now offers to take care of your puppy – and that too for a nominal rate.

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How to Rent a Dog and Get Paid For It

Today we learned there's an AirBnB for dogs which lets you find a temporary home for your pooch without going through pet hotels or the like. But where you pet owners may be seeing this as a good chance to get away, those of us who covet your adorable puppy see something else: puppy rental! And a rental you get paid for!

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Dog Vacay Makes Vacationing Easier for Dog Owners

With Summer around the corner anyone with a pooch knows you'll have to shell out about $50/night to put your four-legged best friend in a cage while you are off on a beach. This can be distressing. Asking a friend or family to dog-sit can feel too imposing. A new site called Dog Vacay, will help you find a local home for your dog while you're away.

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Dog Vacay Makes Vacationing Easier for Dog Owners

Luckily, my office is close enough that I can take a long lunch and run home to let my pups out as needed which is a huge relief for me. Now I have to think about who will watch my guys when I go on vacation this summer (wishful thinking). Enter Dog Vacay, a newly launched start-up dedicated to pet sitting.

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DogVacay, an Airbnb Type Service For Dogs, Helps the Traveling Pet Owner

According to a report by Mashable, a new website called DogVacay is advocating that traveling pet owners find local homes to house their dogs in while they're traveling instead of housing them in a kennel

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Finding Fido Temporary Digs While You Are Out of Town

There comes a time in almost every dog owner's life that you have to leave your dog for some reason or another. You might be traveling for work, taking a much needed vacation, or forced to leave town for a less enjoyable reason – either way, you've got to find some type of dog boarding to accommodate your four-legged friend.

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Couch Surfing for Dogs

If you're planning on leaving your dog behind for a few days, you might want to consider leaving him somewhere he can feel at home. While kennels and "dog hotels" are always an option, what about finding something closer to a substitute home? Enter DogVacay, a new dog-boarding service that strives to provide dogs with the same comfort and care as they enjoy at home.

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DogVacay, an Airbnb Type Service For Dogs, Helps the Traveling Pet Owner

The next time you're lounging poolside at your fabulous Turks and Caicos time-share, the last thing you want to be worried about is your pup's well-being. For those averse to kennels but remiss to spend oodles on a pricey sitter, there's now another option–Dog Vacay.

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Because dogs need vacations, too.

Our friends have a dog, and every time they go on vacation, they're bummed to him in a kennel. So this new-ish site looks awesome.Dog Vacay lets you find a real home where your dog can stay while you're away.

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New sites cater to canine couch surfers

DogVacay.com founders Karine and Aaron Hirschhorn loved getting away when they first moved in together but hated taking their dogs to the kennel. "Every time we traveled, the dogs hated the kennel and came back with kennel cough," said Karine.

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New dog sitting business helps people make extra money

College student Sabrina Hernandez has found a lucrative way to pay her bills. She dog sits for a living and she has quickly built her business through a new website called Dog Vacay.

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Help for hire: Internet startups clicking with customers

Going out of town for the weekend? With Santa Monica, Calif., Internet startup DogVacay, you can drop off your pooch at the home of a fellow dog lover; hosts watch your pet and set their own rates, starting at $15 a night.

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A Visit To DogVacay's L.A. HQ To Meet The People (And Dogs) Behind The Airbnb For Pets

DogVacay, the startup that runs a peer-to-peer online marketplace for dog boarding, has seen some nice growth in recent months, raising a nice chunk of venture capital money from big-name investors and recently crossing more than 10,000 hosts on its platform since its launch.

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DogVacay and Cesar Millan Sponsor Ultimate Dog & Human Vacation Giveaway

DogVacay.com, the leading online home dog boarding and pet services community, is teaming with legendary dog behaviorist and television personality Cesar Millan, known to millions as "The Dog Whisperer," to offer a dogtastic weekend getaway.

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How to Turn Your Love of Dogs into Extra Income by Boarding

If you love dogs and are looking for a way to make some additional money, consider boarding a dog in your home. Websites like DogVacay.com provide dog lovers with a means of connecting with people who are looking for reliable in-home boarding services for their dogs while they are traveling.

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Pet column: Top pet vacation destinations

Dogvacay.com and market research firm Harris Interactive surveyed 1,400 pet owners to find out how they feel about taking pets along versus leaving them at home, how often they travel with pets and other travel tidbits.

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Dogvacay CEO Aaron Hirschhorn discusses results of the state of US pet travel survey

Just in time for peak summer vacation season, DogVacay, the leading online home dog boarding and pet services community, recently released a comprehensive survey of the challenges and stresses that pet owners face during this time.

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Interview with Founders of DogVacay

In this episode of "The Valley Girl Show," Jesse Draper interviews the founders of DogVacay.com. DogVacay connects dog owners in need of pet-care services with qualified pet caregivers so that you can board your dog in a real home with vetted dog lovers instead of paying outrageous prices for a kennel.

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No longer a dog's life for your furry companions with DogVacay's social dog boarding platform

DogVacay has been popularizing the idea of letting someone you hardly know take care of your dog. They provide a complete package, including basic insurance that includes $2000 worth of medical treatment should something go wrong.

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Sonya Sorich: Dog Vacay offers a new approach to dog boarding

While exploring dog boarding, I found DogVacay.com, which offered an enticing promise ("board your dog in a real home") and boasted rates starting at $15 a night. Husband and wife Aaron Hirschhorn and Karine Nissim Hirschhorn are the minds behind the Santa Monica, Calif.-based startup.

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Are You Looking for a Dog Kenneling Alternative?

Dog Vacay was founded by a husband and wife team who owned two puppies and saw the need to create a new kind of resource for people to board their dogs, without always needing to use a kennel or burden friends or family to watch their pets every time they need to go out of town.

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DogVacay pairs up pets with other owners

Forget boarding, or finding friends or family to watch the pup while you are on vacation. A new service in Chicago called Dog Vacay is connecting dog owners with real homes to board your dog.

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Hate kennels? Through DogVacay, you can find dog-loving people with room to share.

The website DogVacay debuted in New York and Los Angeles in March and, just in time for the summer travel season, is now available throughout the United States and Canada.

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Fox Business: Need a dogsitter? Send it on a doggy vacay

Dogvacay founder Karine and Aaron Hirschhorn on creating an app to enable dog owners to find a dogsitter in their area.

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TECHCRUNCH: DogVacay, The 'Airbnb For Pets', Debuts First Native iOS App For Booking Dog Sitters

Today, DogVacay is launching its first ever mobile app that lets you book a dog-sitting stay with an offering for the iPhone and iPod touch. It's a pretty straightforward launch that brings all the functionality of DogVacay's website down to the iOS form factor, but DogVacay CEO Aaron Hirschhorn told me in an interview that he expects the mobile launch to have a significant impact on how both owners and sitters use the service.

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Venturebeat: DogVacay raises $15M to be the biggest dog-sitting marketplace on the block

DogVacay has raised $15 million to continue expanding its marketplace that connects pet owners with local, qualified caregivers who host the dogs in their homes. Sort of like an "Airbnb for pets," the company leverages the power of crowdsourcing, the sharing economy, and online marketplaces to provide a more loving, personal alternative to traditional boarding options, like kennels.

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REUTERS: Apps find sitters, overnight lodging for furry friends

DogVacay released a free app for iPhone and iPod Touch on Monday that has been dubbed an Airbnb for pets, referring to the app that connects people who have space to spare with those looking for a place to stay.

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VENTUREWIRE: DogVacay.com Scores $15M for Doggie Airbnbs

Investors are sinking $15 million into DogVacay Inc . to help it attain top-dog status in the "Airbnb -for-dogs" market.

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PANDODAILY: Mobile goes to the dogs: DogVacay launches iOS app for pet parents

Today, Santa Monica-based DogVacay takes the lead by becoming the first of its pack to offer consumers a mobile app that supports finding, booking, and paying for sitters while on the go.

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GIGAOM: DogVacay raises $15M to build its Airbnb for pooches

With a total of $22 million DogVacay has plenty of funds to continue its expansion into the lucrative pet boarding industry. Lately the company has focusing on mobile, launching an iPhone app.

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Los Angeles Business Journal: DogVacay Raises $15 Million More

Bay Area investors have thrown another bone to pet sitting startup DogVacay. The Santa Monica company announced Thursday that it has raised $15 million in series B funding. The round, which brings DogVacay's total funding to $22 million, was led by Foundation Capital.

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Pandodaily: VC's best friend: DogVacay raises a hefty $15M Series B round, eyes the $11B pet services market

It's said that Series A rounds are raised on promises, and Series B rounds are raised based on delivering against those promises. If this is true, then the behind the scenes numbers at pet services marketplace DogVacay must be pretty stout.

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DAILY MAIL: Are kennels your pet peeve? 'Airbnb for dogs' connects vacationing animal owners with safe and affordable local sitters

For pet owners who want to go on vacation, choosing between an expensive and unfamiliar animal sitter or confined kennel quarters can be something of a pet peeve. Now, DogVacay.com - a website that has been likened to Airbnb - helps pet owners find safe and affordable sitters who live locally, some of whom even offer special services like canine massages.

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Salon.com: Dog-care tycoon raises $15 million: Pet sensation DogVacay hopes to capture more marketshare through investment

In America, where there are more dogs than there are children, pet care is estimated to be an $11 billion industry. The company announced Thursday it raised a $15 million series B round led by Foundation Capital––bringing the total amount raised to $22 million––to build out customer service, engineering, and product management.

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GEEKWIRE.COM: DogVacay looks to be top breed in pet boarding, laps up $15M to bite back at Rover.com

DogVacay today announced that it has secured $15 million in fresh funding, money that the Santa Monica, California company plans to use to expand its pet boarding service and compete more aggressively with Seattle-based Rover.com.

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UPSTART BUSINESS JOURNAL: DogVacay scores $15M in bid to bring share economy to pet care

DogVacay starts with a simple idea: It's better to place a pet with a friendly stranger than a kennel, and there are strangers willing to provide temporary homes for Fido. As of this morning, the company has $15 million in additional funding to build on that premise.

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SO CAL TECH: DogVacay Raises $15M

DogVacay, the online peer-to-peer marketplace for pet sitting services headed by Aaron Hirschhorn, has scored $15M in a Series B funding round, the company said this morning.

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PULSE2.COM: DogVacay Raises $15 Million in Series B

DogVacay is a service that connects pet owners with pet-sitters. DogVacay has raised $15 million in Serie B funding led by Foundation Capital. This round of funding also includes investments from current investors First Round Capital and Benchmark Capital.

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LOS ANGELES BUSINESS JOURNAL: DogVacay Releases iPhone App

Santa Monica startup DogVacay is bringing its pet-sitting service to mobile phones.The company announced Monday that it has launched an iPhone app that lets dog owners find and book sitters.

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ZERVE.COM: Dog Travel: What To Do When Fido Has To Stay Behind

DogVacay is an online marketplace that connects dog parents in need of pet-care services with qualified pet caregivers. Forget the kennel! DogVacay has thousands of vetted and insured dog lovers across the U.S. who are just waiting to treat your dog like one of the pack.

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GIGAOM: DogVacay, the Airbnb for mutts, goes mobile with new a iPhone app

DogVacay launches on iOS, creating an instant communications tool that dog owners can use to contact their pet sitters at any time and receive photo updates of their pooch's activities.

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PC MAG: DogVaycay, the Airbnb for Pooches, Launches New iOS App

Going on vacation and not sure what to do with your dog while you're away? iPhone users need to look no further than the App Store.

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BESTTECHIE: DogVacay adds an iOS app to help dog owners find sitters

DogVacay has existed on the Web since March 2012, but recently launched a mobile app for iOS that helps dog owners find willing and able dog sitters in their local area. Users of the app can sift through the list of available dog sitters, check out profiles and read reviews to get an idea of who they might be leaving their dog with.

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WPRO 630: Pet-Sitting Services Website Fetches $15M Investment

They say every dog has its day. But on Thursday, a few animal lovers were given a bone. Make that 15 million bones. DogVacay.com, an online and mobile pet services community that helps dog owners find local, affordable pet-sitting sitters when they have to leave town, announced a $15 million investment in Series B funding that will help expand and enhance the company's current offerings.

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VATOR NEWS: DogVacay barks up the money tree with $15M Series B: The new capital comes one month after launching its first consumer-facing app

DogVacay, winner of the 2012 Vator Splash LA competition, company announced Thursday that it has raised a $15 million Series B round led by Foundation Capital, with help from DAG Ventures, Sherpa Ventures, and existing investors Benchmark and First Round Capital. DogVacay has raised $22 million altogether since its launch in 2012.

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SOCAL TECH: DogVacay Debuts iOS App

Need to find a place for your dog to stay when you're out of town? Santa Monica-based online pet sitting marketplace DogVacay has just released a new app for the iPhone and iPod Touch, aimed at helping pet owners reserve time with dog sitters using their devices.

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WSJ.COM: The Daily Startup: Canine 'Airbnb' DogVacay Fetches New Financing

Investors are sinking $15 million into DogVacay Inc. to help it attain top-dog status in the "Airbnb-for-dogs" market. Based in Los Angeles and launched in March 2012, DogVacay provides pet owners an alternative to the kennel.

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PE HUB: DogVacay.com fetches $15 mln in Series B funds

DogVacay.com said Thursday that it has secured $15 million in Series B funding. Foundation Capital led the round with participation from Benchmark, First Round Capital, DAG Ventures and Sherpa Ventures. Headquartered in Santa Monica, Calif., DogVacay is an online community provider of pet care services.

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FORTUNE/CNN.COM: Venture Capital Deals

DogVacay, a Santa Monica, Calif.-based online and mobile pet services community, has raised $15 million in Series B funding. Foundation Capital led the round, and was joined by DAG Ventures, Sherpa Ventures and return backers like Benchmark and First Round Capital.

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Crunchbase: Santa Monica-based dog-sitting community DogVacay has raised $15 million

Launched just a year ago, DogVacay is disrupting the $11 billion pet services market with its online platform that connects traveling pet owners with available in-home pet sitters. DogVacay already serves a community of 10,000 and has raised over $22 million in funding to date.

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FAST COMPANY: DogVacay Looks To Take A Bigger Bite Of The $11B Pet Care Industry

DogVacay's $15 million Series B round brings the total amount raised to $22 million. In America, where there are more dogs than children, pet care is estimated to be an $11 billion industry. But given the market's fragmentation, DogVacay cofounder and CEO Aaron Hirschhorn is hoping to capture more marketshare.

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READ WRITE: 5 Tech Tools For Pet Lovers

Remember the robot that walks a bunch of dogs in the movie I, Robot? How awesome would that be—for both the owner and the dogs? I mean, we do haveiOS apps for animals now, but Hollywood has trained me to expect more.

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XCONOMY: DogVacay Lands $15,000,000 Series B Financing

The funding, which brings the total amount raised to $22 million, will enable DogVacay to further invest in innovative customer service offerings transforming the $11 billion pet care industry.

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ALL THINGS D: DogVacay Lands $15 Million to Play Matchmaker for Pet Owners and Pet Sitters

DogVacay, the marketplace that matches pet owners with pet hosts, has landed a $15 million Series B investment led by Foundation Capital.

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SMART PLANET: Q&A: Maria Bezaitis, Intel engineer, on our need for strangeness

DogVacay is a platform that enables you to, instead of bringing your dog to a kennel or leaving him with a relative, take your dog to stay in the home of a dog lover. That's another great example of people opting for settings that are not known to them to enable some pretty intimate interactions to happen.

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