DogVacay has a network of ~ 20,000 people in the U.S. and Canada that will take in your dog while you’re out of town. They’re new to me, although they’ve apparently booked a million nights of boarding in the past two years.
The average price is about $30 a night. Each person sets their own price, you search folks in your neighborhood and pick one that’s a good fit just like searching Airbnb for a home you might stay in yourself.
They aren’t just for dogs, although that’s the primary market. Apparently they’ve had other animals including cats, guinea pigs, ferrets and chickens.
I have a 12 year old yorkshire terrier named Eddie. Knowing that he’s well taken care of while I’m gone is probably the hardest part of travel for me. He loves the place that he goes, it’s cageless, and he thinks he runs the place — barking at other dogs when they get out of line. Still, I miss the little guy and feel guilty for leaving him, too.
Dogvacay is cheaper than where I board my dog, it seems. And you get to read reviews. But I’m not sure I’d pick someone sight unseen and leave him there for a trip. I’d want to meet the person, have Eddie meet them, spend a few hours at least and then try them out for a night before booking a longer-term stay. He’s eased into and gotten comfortable with the place he goes, and that’s made it far less stressful (on both of us).
The missing and guilt may be a bit assuaged by this service, though, as pet sitters are supposed to send you photos or videos every day while your dog boards.
- A family makes extra money
- Your dog stays in a house
They provide vet and liability insurance, although I haven’t dug into the terms and conditions of the coverage. Most boarding places I’m familiar with tell you they aren’t liable for anything.
I’ve not used this service, but I reached out to them because it seemed interesting to me. While the site offers referral credit, I’m not signed up for that and instead you can use promo code VFTW for $10 off your first try of the service through January 31.
Do you have a pet? How do you take care when you’re away?
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