Pawshake expands its pet sitting service into Canada

Looks like the OMERS-funded Dog Vacay now has competition in Canada. Started in 2012,Dog Vacay is based in Santa Monica and recently received $25 million in funding, which brought its total funding to $47 million.

Making its way onto Canadian soil is Pawshake, a company that was founded in 2013 by Dries Coucke and Tanguy Peers, formerly from eBay and Kijiji. Pawshake offers a similar service to Dog Vacay but is open to all animals, offering a “trusted community of pet lovers”, where they can find a local pet sitter, walkers, or home boarding while away.

Pawshake currently operates in 15 countries, including Australia and the United Kingdom, and so far over 1,000 Canadians have started to offer their pet sitting services. Pawshake rates start at $15/night and insurance is included.

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“Pawshake’s arrival in Canada marks an exciting moment for us and for pet parents,” Peers said. “People view their pets as family members, and with summer vacations coming up pet owners can be stressed and worried about what they will do with their pet. Pawshake brings together the best of both worlds: animal lovers can offer their services as pet sitters, and pet owners can enjoy their vacation without worrying about their pet. And most importantly, your pet doesn’t have to spend their holiday in a cage or kennel, but will be loved in a family environment.”

Ian Hardy

Ian Hardy

Ian is the Director of Partnerships for BetaKit. He's been quietly creating and building things for years and is completely addicted to Tim Hortons.

  • Andrea Vaughan

    I was very excited when I learned Pawshake was coming to Canada..Now not so much….I have been pet sitting for over 20 years, independently, and have some very important clients in my area (Deputy Mayor of Toronto and many others,) I have had dogs featured on Breakfast Television and have pages and pages of current, positive referrals from my private clients Pawshake does not pay the sitters when they promise. I have never had any issue with ANY clients in years and years EXCEPT from Pawshake. They promise payment with-in 7 days..It does not happen. I have been waiting eleven days now for my latest payment to clear Pawshake to Paypal. Pet sitters beware. This company is NOT all roses.