Looking For a New Option for Your Dog When You Travel?

May 23, 2012 by Tails Magazine in Lifestyle with 1 Comment

It can be difficult to find a suitable means of care for your dog when you travel. Finding a boarding facility that you trust (and that your dog does well at) can take time, and hiring a pet sitter to make stops at your home can get very expensive.

Enter DogVacay, a brand-new website that helps you find a host home and family for your dog while you’re away. All hosts are pre-screened and interviewed by DogVacay, and the average daily cost is only about $25 to $30.

Pet insurance (up to $25,000 per dog) is provided for any emergencies, and through a partnership with VCA Animal Hospitals, DogVacay gives pet parents the option of renting a GPS-enabled dog collar so they can track their beloved pooch from wherever they may be. The company encourages pet parents, their dogs, and hosts to meet prior to the scheduled travel dates, thus providing peace of mind for all involved parties.

DogVacay was founded in Santa Monica a mere two months ago by Aaron and Karine Nissim Hirschhorn after their dog had a poor experience being kennel-boarded.

Worried about leaving your dog with a stranger? Aaron Hirschhorn mentions that about one third of the hosts are professional pet caregivers. Nine out of ten hosts have their own dogs. All hosts go through security checks.

Regarding the potential benefits of boarding your dog this way, the company says on its website, “Home boarding gives your dog individual attention, fun with a small number of well-socialized dogs, and supervision from a responsible pet owner.” Customer satisfaction appears to be high–though Hirschhorn won’t say how many stays were logged in the two months DogVacay has been up and running, he does note that currently about one half of the customers are repeat boarders.

So, what do you think? Is DogVacay going to change the way we board our pets?

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