Pet owners throughout the U.S. love their dogs. They treat them like another member of the family, and are concerned for their well-being, particularly when they’re away from home. While sending their dog to a kennel or calling in favors with friends and family members to pet-sit or dog-walk is an option, it’s often a last resort. A current survey of pet owners found that 43% have even opted out of travel at times, because they just don’t want to leave their pooches behind.
Take Stock in Rover
PE Hub Network, a community of private capital professionals describes Rover.com as the “largest network of 5-star pet sitters and dog walkers in North America.” This platform in its short tenure has vetted more than 140,000 pet sitters, with more than 100,000 of those folks offer dog walking services.
With a recent Series F funding of $65 million, Rover.com was recently listed by Alley Watch as one of the “10 largest US startup funding rounds” in July of this year.
In 2017, Rover’s exponential growth is expecting a 200-percent increase in net revenue, booking millions of pet services each quarter — actually . . . about one every 4 seconds.
The Skinny on the Rover
Founded on the belief that everyone should have the opportunity to experience the unconditional love man’s best friend, Rover's app and network continually upgrades its product and service offerings.
In addition to pet-sitting and dog-walking, it provides pet parents with ‘peace of mind offerings’ such as 24/7 support, background checks, vet consultations, GPS walk tracking, pet insurance, in-home dog boarding and doggy day care. With Daily Treat — one of the nation’s top dog blogs — Rover reaches millions of readers with tips and articles that delight, inform, and enhance the bond between people and their pups.
For pet owners and caretakers to get started, simply go to the website, and signup for the service that applies to you. Whether you are pet owner, dog sitter or vendor:
1- You can choose one of the following services:
- Dog Boarding
- House Sitting
- Drop-in Visits
- Doggy Day Care
- Dog Walking
2- Enter your zipcode [bearing in mind, that smaller towns throughout the U.S. may have fewer caretakers than larger cities.]
3- Post the date[s] you require the services, including ‘drop-off’ and ‘pick up.’
4- Post the size of your dog:
- Small [0-15lbs]
- Medium [16-40 lbs]
- Large [41-100 lbs]
- Giant [101+ lbs]
5- The geographical listing of pet sitters and dog walkers that surface will list their fees and services they offer, their reviews by previous customers and various photos of their homes and previous dogs they have engaged with. [Note: all payments are processed through the Rover site and tips are discretionary.]
6- Before making payments you can review and interview as many caretakers as you like by email and/or in-person visits.
7- Availability for services can be as quick as five minutes or as far out as 3 months in advance, dependent on the service personnel you select.
Enhancing as they go . . .
“We find that people are increasingly looking for quality, technology-enabled services to make their lives easier and more enjoyable, and Rover is leading this movement for the pet care industry,” said Aaron Easterly, CEO of Rover. “With this significant funding from new and returning investors, we will continue to innovate on ways we can make it easier for pet parents to find and book every day pet care. Additionally, our global expansion will give people around the world the ability to know the love and joy of owning a pet.”