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Rover.com Acquires DogVacay

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The firms are “made up of dog people on a mission.”

SEATTLE & SANTA MONICA – Rover.com, a network of pet sitters and dog walkers, and DogVacay, an online and mobile pet-sitting community, announced that they are joining forces.

Over the past five years, Rover and DogVacay have created a new category giving pet parents access to options such as in-home dog boarding, pet sitting and dog walking.

In a press release, the companies said pet parents will have access to the largest network of more than 100,000 five-star sitters, offering a range of services in cities 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.”

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The companies said the partnership gives dog owners the benefit of unprecedented coverage and choice in neighborhood pet care. It’s also an opportunity for pet sitters and dog walkers who’ll benefit from the combined resources, insights and educational tools of both brands.
“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 as family.”

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.

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Pizzeria Helps Reunite Missing Pets With Owners

The effort is a hit with patrons.

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Angelo’s Pizza in Matawan, NJ, has launched an effort to get missing pets back with their owners.

It’s putting missing-pets posters on its pizza boxes, the New York Post reports.

The restaurant recently posted on Facebook: “Anyone in the Matawan/Aberdeen area who has a missing pet can drop off flyers for us to place on all your pizza boxes. No charge.”

In a later post, the restaurant wrote: “Thank you for your support and responses from all of you! This initiative has been very very successful and has raised a lot of awareness for missing pets. Thank you everyone! Let’s all keep helping pets be reunited with their families!”

The initiative has been popular with customers. One commented on the restaurant’s Facebook page: “It’s wonderful when businesses care about animals and their patrons.”

Read more at the New York Post

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25 Cities Honored for Pet-Friendliness

The certification was created by Mars Petcare and experts from the Civic Design Center.

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FRANKLIN, TN — Twenty-five cities throughout North America have landed on the inaugural list of Better City for Pets certified cities.

The certification “honors the work that has been done to create a friendly environment for two- and four-legged citizens and the commitment from each of these cities to continue improving their pet-friendly programs and policies,” according to a press release from Mars Petcare.

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Mars Petcare and experts from the Civic Design Center created the certification as an extension of the Mars Petcare Better Cities for Pets program. The program works with local governments, businesses and non-profits to provide resources, tools and grants that help communities make pets more welcome.

“On behalf of Mars Petcare, I want to thank and congratulate the 25 cities that have prioritized people and pets in their communities,” said Mark Johnson, president of Mars Petcare North America. “From helping people live healthier lives to creating social connections, pets can truly transform our communities. These certified cities are helping to make a more pet-friendly world and we hope that many more cities will join us in this commitment.”

The following cities share the honor of being the first to achieve the Better City for Pets certification:

  • Bloomington, IN
  • Nashville, TN
  • Calumet City, IL
  • Oakland, CA
  • Cleveland, OH
  • Plano, TX
  • Dallas, TX
  • Port St. Lucie, FL
  • Fort Wayne, IN
  • Reno, NV
  • Franklin, TN
  • Rochester, MI
  • Hallandale Beach, FL
  • Royalton, MN
  • Henderson, NN
  • Santa Clarita, CA
  • Laguna Niguel, CA
  • Southport, NC
  • Meaford, Ontario
  • St. Petersburg, FL
  • Memphis, TN
  • Topeka, KS
  • Miami Lakes, FL
  • Tucson, AZ
  • Miami, FL

Through an online assessment at BetterCitiesForPets.com, participating cities were asked to share data on existing and future pet-friendly features within three sections: city profile, survey and priorities. Cities were then evaluated based on 12 traits of pet-friendly cities across the areas of businesses, parks, shelters and homes. Cities that met the certification criteria and committed to continuing their progress in creating a welcoming community for people and pets received the Better City for Pets certification. All cities that completed the assessment received a personalized report outlining their strengths and areas of opportunity, along with resources and tools from the Better Cities for Pets program to help them on their pet-friendly journey.

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Here Are the Most (and Least) Expensive Cities to Own a Pet

6 of the most expensive cities to own a pet are in California.

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GOBankingRates has released rankings of the “most and least expensive cities in the U.S. to own a cat or dog.”

The top-10 lists are based on the cost of pet day care, pet insurance and overall cost of living. (To compile its ranking, GOBankingRates evaluated the 50 largest cities in the U.S.)

The most expensive city to own a pet, according to GOBankingRates, is San Jose, CA. The city has an average cost of pet day care of $40 and average insurance cost per month of $42.

San Francisco is the second most expensive city, with an average cost of pet day care of $36 and average insurance cost per month of $42.

In fact, the study suggests that six of the most expensive cities to own a pet are in California.

Out of the 50 cities, the city named “least expensive” to own a pet is Indianapolis, where the average cost of pet day care is $19, the average insurance cost per month is $31.50 and the general cost of living is comparatively low, according to the ranking.

Wichita is second on the “least expensive list,” with an average cost of pet day care of $22.67, an average insurance cost per month of $29.50 and a low overall cost of living.

Read more at GOBanking Rates

 

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