HouseMyDog is a vibrant online community which enables dog owners to connect with local pet sitters and walkers who would like to care for their dog while they’re away from home.
The company was founded in 2015 by brothers, James and Timothy McElroy, who witnessed their mum struggle to find suitable board for their family dog, Holly, when they went on holiday. Feeling inspired by transformative business models of companies such as Uber and AirBnB, James and Timothy set out to work up their business plan, with the goal of offering dog owners care for their dogs from trusted individuals.
For dog owners, HouseMyDog enables them to locate professional pet sitters and dog lovers who are ready and waiting to offer their furry friend a home while they are away, as well as offering 24/7 vet care during their time apart. For those who need to work late or have evening plans, HouseMyDog is the ideal platform to help them locate a local walker who will happily take their pooch for a wander.
For professional sitters and dog lovers, HouseMyDog offers a community of dog owners and their pets, who they can care for, short or long-term, while their owner is away. On top of being able to enjoy spending time with a dog, sitters are also paid for their time, meaning the service really is a double-win.
Since launching, the company has grown rapidly, with 25,000 approved walkers and sitters on the platform today. The service is now active in 35 major cities throughout Europe, having expanded beyond the UK and Ireland, into the German, Austrian, Swiss and Belgian markets, with plans to grow even wider within the European market in 2019.