There’s no shortage of well-funded startups that cater to dogs and their owners.
BarkBox, a New York City-based startup, is a subscription box service catering to dog lovers that’s raised $21 million in VC funding. Los Angeles-based DogVacay, a sort of Airbnb for dogs, has raised $47 million.
Now, there’s a new startup called Bark’N’Borrow that wants to match up dogs in need of a sitter with people who love them.
Founded by Liam Berkeley in 2014, the startup is based in Los Angeles and connects people who want to hang out with a dog — maybe take one for a walk or keep it overnight.
It’s free to use for both dog owners and dog borrowers, though the service has a professional tier where money is exchanged between dog owners and professional dog walkers and sitters. The startup makes money by taking a cut of the money exchanged on the service’s professional tier.
I live in New York City, and it’s not easy to convince a landlord here to let you have a dog. I tried out Bark’N’Borrow’s service to borrow a dog for a few hours this weekend.