The two market leaders unite as Rover.com acquires DogVacay
SEATTLE & SANTA MONICA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#Rover—Rover.com,
the nation’s largest network of pet sitters and dog walkers, and DogVacay,
a leading online and mobile pet-sitting community, today announce that
they are joining forces.
Over the past five years, Rover and DogVacay have created an entirely
new category, giving pet parents access to convenient, trusted,
affordable pet care options, whether it’s in-home dog boarding, pet
sitting or dog walking. Today the companies unite to advance their
common mission—to make life better for dogs and the people who love them.
With this deal, the companies continue to transform the $15 billion pet
care industry. By combining resources, pet parents will have access to
the largest network of more than 100,000 5-star sitters, offering a
range of services, in thousands of cities in every state across the U.S.
and Canada. To date, millions of services have been booked through the
companies, which generated over $150 million in bookings in 2016.
“Rover and DogVacay are both made up of dog people on a mission to
enable everyone to experience the love and joy of a pet,” said Aaron
Easterly, Rover’s CEO. “Together, we can accomplish our goals quicker
and make an even bigger impact. Plus, this partnership will enable us to
pick up engineering velocity, bring new products to market faster and
invest even more aggressively in building the best tools for our sitters
and dog walkers.”
The partnership gives dog owners nationwide the benefit of unprecedented
coverage and choice in neighborhood pet care. It’s also an enormous
opportunity for pet sitters and dog walkers who’ll benefit from the
combined resources, insights, and educational tools of both brands. But
most importantly, dogs will benefit from the individualized care they
receive, and from both companies’ relentless focus on the well-being of
“Growing DogVacay with my team over the past five years across the U.S.
and Canada has been an incredible journey,” said Aaron Hirschhorn,
DogVacay’s CEO. “Our goal has always been to make quality pet care
accessible to everyone, and with Rover and DogVacay’s experience and
expertise, we will continue to create the best solution for our host
community, our pet parents and most importantly, our pets that we love
The combined companies expect to accelerate international expansion
efforts. Rover’s headquarters will continue to be in Seattle and led by
Easterly as CEO. Hirschhorn will join Rover’s Board of Directors.
Rover.com connects pet parents with the nation’s largest network of
loving and trustworthy pet sitters and dog walkers. Through Rover, pet
parents can discover, book, and manage personalized care for their dogs,
including pet sitting, dog walking, in-home dog boarding, and doggy day
care. Founded on the belief that everyone should have the opportunity to
experience the unconditional love of a dog, Rover improves and
simplifies life for pet parents and the dogs they love. By removing
common pet care obstacles, Rover ensures dogs nationwide are happy and
well-cared for even when their owner is away and empowers dog lovers to
live fulfilling lives. Services are booked through Rover every minute of
every day, and more than 92% of the population lives within a short
drive of a Rover sitter. Over 95% of reviewed bookings have received a
perfect 5-star rating. The platform offers premium insurance for all
services booked through Rover, secure online payments, world-class
customer support, vet consultations, a 24/7 team of trust and safety
experts, Rover Cards including walk maps and activity tracking, mobile
apps, photo and video sharing, and general background checks for sitters.
DogVacay is an online and mobile community that connects pet parents in
need of pet care services (home dog boarding, pet sitting, doggie
daycare) with qualified pet caregivers. DogVacay’s vetted and insured
dog (and cat!) lovers across the country are ready to watch your pet
like they are a member of their family. Guests can browse hosts in their
area, schedule and book online or through DogVacay’s mobile app. All
reservations include vet insurance, 24/7 emergency support and daily
photo updates. DogVacay was founded by husband and wife team Aaron
Hirschhorn and Karine Nissim in March 2012.