SEATTLE, Aug. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Dog boarding alternative, Rover.com is introducing its mobile app for the Apple iPhone and iPad today. Rover.com has connected thousands of dog owners with local dog sitters around the country as an affordable, cage-free alternative to traditional kennels.
The new app, which is available free of charge in the App Store and can be found by searching for "Rover.com," provides three main benefits not currently available via traditional texting between owners and sitters. The mobile app:
- Facilitates communication between dog owners and sitters by providing them with a direct forum to share updates while owners and their pups are apart
- Captures photos of the dog's stay and all the fun he or she is having in a central location for immediate and/or future use
- Allows owners who are away to check-in with their sitters to confirm when they came to the house or went to the park
"It turns out that cages can't cuddle. For many dog owners, myself included, traveling away from the home can be stressful. People constantly wonder whether or not their four-legged babies are receiving the love and attention that kennels cannot provide," said Aaron Easterly, CEO at Rover.com. "Our new app makes that knowledge just a tap of a finger away."
The app also provides benefits to dog sitters, especially for those who sit for a number of dog owners. Through the new system, sitters will have easy access to all the information provided through Rover.com messaging and activity logs for easy management and communication. Use of the app's photo feature also automatically updates a sitter's profile. Those photos can be used to enhance a sitter's marketability, giving sitters more time to spend with their four-legged friends and less time uploading photos and managing their listing.
"Dog sitters and owners are canine lovers – but also busy people. This attracts them to Rover.com in the first place," said Easterly. "We're confident this new app will help everyone free up more time and provide the peace of mind everyone here at Rover.com prides themselves on delivering."
The new Rover.com mobile app launch comes on the heels of the company's expansion of its Sit a Dog, Save a Life™ program, which helps raise funds for a growing selection of dog-related charities through participating sitters and their Rover.com transactions.
Rover.com, which has been likened to an Airbnb for dogs, also announced a national roll out earlier this year and has since grown to approximately 50,000 members in over 1,000 cities across the country.
Rover.com is an online alternative to traditional dog boarding that connects dog owners with local dog sitters and hosts, in real homes, in hundreds of cities across the United States. To learn more, please visit www.rover.com.