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Pet-Monitor Company Raises $10M

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It’s launched 3 interactive pet camera products.

SAN FRANCISCO — Petcube, which sells pet monitors, announced that it has raised $10 million in funding.

The Series A funding round included Almaz Capital, AVentures and Y Combinator, along with other investors. The company said it will use the money to expand product development, marketing and sales distribution in North America and international markets.

Petcube said in a press release that it is “disrupting the pet care industry through innovative products that solve the challenges faced by busy pet owners who have to leave their pets at home because of work or travel, or have pets with special needs.”

“Five years from now, nearly 40 million pet households will use a connected pet device,” said Yaroslav Azhnyuk, CEO and co-founder of Petcube. “That’s half of the US pet population. We are committed to driving innovation for this large and growing community, by designing products that enable pet parents to give their pets the best, while also ensuring their health, wellness and safety.”

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Petcube is currently distributed in 18 countries in over 5,000 retail locations in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific, and sells online via Petcube.com and Amazon. The company was launched as a Kickstarter campaign in late 2013. Since its founding, Petcube has launched three interactive pet camera products, and has raised a total of $14 million.

 

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State Considers Banning ‘No Pets’ Rental Listings

Some landlords are not happy about the proposed legislation.

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New Hampshire legislators are considering a ban on “no pets” notices in property listings.

Proposed legislation would forbid landlords and home sellers from barring pet owners, the Concord Monitor reports.

They could make rules related to pet deposits, noise control, sanitation and safety, according to the newspaper. But they could set make rules based on size, breed or appearance.

The legislation was proposed by state Rep. Ellen Read, a Democrat from Newmarket. It has drawn opposition from some landords who say it could lead to unsanitary conditions as well as allergy problems for some residents.

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But Julia Seeley, New Hampshire state director for the Humane Society, said her organization supports the bill.

We just strongly believe that a family should not be torn apart simply over housing,” she said.

Read more at the Concord Monitor

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Spotify Rolls Out Music Playlists for Pets

Pets seem to favor classical music and soft rock.

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Digital music service Spotify had a hunch that people were playing tunes for their pets.

A study by the company found that 71% of pet owners did exactly that. The survey included 5,000 music-streaming pet owners from the U.S., the UK, Australia, Spain and Italy.

The company explains:

That being said, we created a unique experience to help you craft the pawfect algorithmically generated playlist for you and your pet to enjoy together. Head to spotify.com/pets for a playlist you can share with your dog, cat, iguana, hamster, or bird.

See the graphic below for more details from the survey.

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These States Have the Most Dog and Cat Owners … And These States Have the Least

The US is home to almost as many domestic pets as humans.

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A new report looks at which U.S. states are the most pet-loving.

Seniorliving.org, a website devoted to providing information to seniors, delved into recent data from the American Veterinary Medical Association to create its rankings.

Idaho had the highest rate of households owning at least one dog, at 58.3%, according to the report, which excluded Alaska and Hawaii, which were not measured in the AVMA study. Dogs are least common in Washington, DC, where 22.5% of households have at least one.

Vermont ranked first for percentage of households with at least one cat, at 44.6%. DC, meanwhile, is the least cat-owning place, with just 16.4% of households being home to a cat.

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The U.S. is home to almost as many domestic pets as human beings. Almost 1 in 3 of those pets are fish, Seniorliving.org explains.

Cats and dogs combine for about 54.8% of all domestic pets.

 

 

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