DogVacay.com Launches in New York City to Connect Local Dog Owners with Hundreds of Loving and Qualified Dog Hosts

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As vacation season rolls around, Dog Vacay offers New Yorkers a more personal and affordable alternative to dog boarding, and brings dog lovers in the city a wonderful opportunity to earn extra money

We are offering a higher quality and much more affordable option that is right in your neighborhood

Dog Vacay (http://www.dogvacay.com/), the online marketplace that matches dog owners in need of pet-care services with amazing qualified pet caregivers, announced today they are expanding to the five boroughs of New York. The company, which initially launched across Los Angeles and San Francisco last month, allows dog owners to browse through the profiles of hundreds of hosts for free—by neighborhood, type of home, level of experience, and price range—to find the perfect homestay for their dog while they’re away. The site also offers walking, daycare, and other pet services, that are more affordable than traditional options in NY.

In addition to providing an incredible service for dog owners, Dog Vacay allows qualified dog lovers across the city to sign up as “hosts” and make a little extra money taking in man’s best friend. Leading up to the launch over 3,000 New Yorkers have already applied to host and hundreds have been approved to start caring for dogs throughout the region.

While anyone in the US can browse and use the site for free, a city launch signifies that a particular place has been populated with hundreds of hosts ready for booking as well as a network of professional pet care providers called “pack leaders” who are on call to respond to last minute requests, emergencies, and any other customer issues. Launches in all major US cities will continue to roll out over the next six months.

With in-depth profiles of every host, photos of them as well as their homes, reviews, and a comprehensive insurance plan, pet owners in the city who leave their dogs with a Dog Vacay host can go away knowing their loved one is in the best hands possible. Travelers can sleep well knowing they are coming home to a happy and nurtured dog.

“We believe that Dog Vacay is an especially perfect fit for New York City,” says CEO Aaron Hirschhorn, who co-founded Dog Vacay with his wife Karine Nissim. “Anyone with a dog in the city knows how expensive pet care can be, and we are offering a higher quality and much more affordable option that is right in your neighborhood. Dog Vacay is also an incredible opportunity for Dog Lovers to make money doing something they love!”

Additional highlights include:

  •     Host qualification verifications - Social media endorsements and user reviews; Dog Vacay interviews and reference checks; Online video training, professional certifications like pet first aid / CPR, and medical boarding.
  •     Insurance and medical care - Full insurance covering the dog for a variety of emergencies. Hosts are offered premium insurance options at a reduced group rate if they don’t have an existing policy.
  •     Partnership with VCA Animal Hospitals - Emergency pet care (if necessary) will be provided through a preferred partnership with VCA Animal Hospitals, the largest network of free standing veterinary hospitals in the country.
  •     Regular status updates - Pet-sitters send regular photo and video updates via email or MMS to the clients, which can then be shared with the Dog Vacay community and across social networks.
  •     Peace of mind - Dog Vacay understands that sometimes pictures, testimonials, verifications, reviews, and recommendations are not enough -- sometimes you just want to meet someone the old fashioned way before leaving your dog - users are encouraged to arrange in-person “Meet & Greets” before committing.
  •     Value - With Dog Vacay’s hosts setting their own prices, have the option of finding a large variety of rates that won’t add up to more than the actual vacation.
  •     Fun for all - Dogs have the comfort of a home environment, which is an easier transition for them than a loud, caged facility and it’s perfect for dog owners who aren’t comfortable giving someone keys to their home.

About DogVacay.com:

Dog Vacay is a community marketplace where dog lovers come together to provide personalized care for their pets. The revolutionary service matches qualified local sitters with individual dogs’ needs – whether you want a one-bedroom apartment for your Chihuahua or a 10-acre ranch for your Greyhound, Dog Vacay provides the best host and environment for your dog. Users can book stays for their pets with confidence and peace of mind – The Dog Vacay Guarantee includes emergency support, comprehensive insurance, emergency veterinary care, photo updates, and Concierge services – include walking, day care, and training. The service is currently available nationwide with extensive coverage in California and New York. Dog Vacay is on the web at http://dogvacay.com/. Follow Dog Vacay on Twitter at http://twitter.com/dogvacay or become a Facebook Fan at http://www.facebook.com/DogVacay.

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