The idea behind New York-based Dog Vacay, is to offer pet-owners a third option besides pricey kennels and begging/bribing friends.
Dog Vacay lets users search a marketplace of homes, by location, to act as hosts-for-hire for their pooches. The company vets potential hosts and lets customers leave reviews. It also offers insurance and veterinary care (through a partnership with VCA Animal Hospitals). Hosts are permitted to set their own price and schedule. Including insurance, range is about $15 to $100 per night, depending on the location.
So far, Dog Vacay had about 400 hosts signed up in New York and another 1,500 waiting for approval. Currently, about 30 percent of the hosts are professional dog-walkers or pet-sitters.