SAN FRANCISCO, April 1, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- In response to unprecedented consumer demand for canine companions, Getaround today announced an evolution of the carsharing company's business model with a new product offering. The new business unit, Getahound, will use the company's patented connected technology, developed for instant carsharing, to empower users to instantly rent dogs owned by people nearby.
"Millions of dogs are alone in homes every day, while dog lovers in the neighborhood long for a companion on their daily walk, co-pilot on their weekend getaway or a furry friend to keep them company," said Founder and CEO Sam Zaid. "From a cuddly Pomeranian for a rainy afternoon, a pug for a picnic in the park, a husky for a hike in the mountains or a Great Dane to scare the postman, we are thrilled to reimagine the possibilities of our technology with Getahound."
People who live dog-free, or who need the perfect dog for that trip to Tahoe, will be able to instantly rent dogs nearby - by the hour or day - through the Getahound iOS or Android applications. Dog owners looking to offset the financial and time commitment of dog ownership and let people in their community enjoy the company of their dog can now earn money by listing and sharing their pup on the Getaround marketplace.
Dogsharing does not only have consumer appeal, it holds promise to improve the quality of life in our communities. Research has shown that having a dog around can reduce stress levels, improve overall mental health, increase physical activity and lower blood pressure.
"Stress levels are higher than ever and people are looking for ways to find balance," said Vice President of Marketing and dog owner Allison Van Houten. "Peppers, my Boston Terrier, comes to our office often, which is fun for her and my colleagues. With Getahound, I can share Peppers with more people who want to experience the joy that dogs offer while also reducing the time Peppers spends alone at home."
To learn more, list your dog or book a pup in your neighborhood, visit http://blog.getaround.com/introducing-getahound/.
Getahound empowers people to instantly pet and boop noses of great dogs shared by people in their city. Dogs can be rented by the hour, or the day, with $1M pet insurance and 24/7 puppy training included. By using the Getahound app, people skip the puddles of drool and piles of pet hair associated with owning and maintaining a dog. Powered by Getahound Connect™, the patented connected dog technology, Getaround creates a fun and safe dogsharing experience without the need to meet the dog owner, carry a Petco card, or coordinate picking up a leash. People share everything from a Pekingese to a Bulldog and earn thousands in extra kibble income each year, offsetting the high cost of dog treats while also making a positive impact on belly rubs. Headquartered in San Francisco, Getahound has thousands of dogs available throughout major metropolitan areas across the United States. Existing investors in Getahound include ScruffBank Group, Mastiff Ventures, Beagle Energy Ventures, Kennels Plus, Puppers Peak Partners, Ruff Group, and DOGGO Capital.
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