Forget kennels or begging family and friends to puppy sit when you take a holiday this summer. Instead, match your pup with the perfect companion to care for them while you're away, without spending a cent, using Dogshare.com.au. As Australia's first FREE dog-sharing website, the growing online community allows like-minded and loving dog owners from nearby neighbourhoods to connect with one another and exchange services that benefit the care of both pets – including 'dog sitting" while you're on vacation.
Founded by busy working mum, Jessica Thomas, after feeling guilty about not having time to take her dog, Duke, on his twice daily walks, the unique dog-sharing platform is the perfect and completely free way for busy dog owners to match up with other dog owners to trade dog-walking duties, vacation-sits or doggy day-care.
'Many people are reluctant to go on holidays, simply because they can't take their dogs with them and they don't feel comfortable leaving them in kennels or burdening friends and family with puppy sitting requests," says Jessica. 'I developed Dogshare so people could rest easy knowing that their dog was in loving, capable hands while they enjoyed a holiday," she adds.
Apart from costing nothing, the site encourages interaction and a sense of community with your neighbours and their pets. And setting up a profile is so simple – members can upload an image of their dog with its size, age and temperament and then search other member profiles to find the perfect match for their pooch and required needs. Through the site, members can contact one another directly and organise a meet up to ensure a good canine and human pairing.
'It has been such a weight off our shoulders to know we can take a family holiday and be assured that Duke is in safe and loving hands while we're away," says Jessica. 'And that's precisely why I developed the site, because I know this is a hardship every loving dog owner faces when they decide to go on vacation," she adds.
For more information or to join the community of Dogshare members, visit www.dogshare.com.au