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Social Dog-Sitting Site DogVacay Enjoys Swift Rise

DogVacay, the private dog-sitting site that sets up vacationing dog owners with others willing to take their pooches in, just earned a $6-million investment after growing revenue by an average of 60 percent each month.

Sometimes referred to “Dog Airbnb,” after the popular vacation-rental service, the site screens potential hosts and sets up profiles for those it approves. The average stay is $28 a night, cheaper than most commercial kennels. The investment from Benchmark Capital comes as the site notches 8,000 verified hosts and more than $1 million in payments.

Upgrades to the service are coming soon, so owners can get more information about their dog’s stays. As DogVacay’s CEO told CNET: “The dog can’t write a review, but we’re hoping to get a dog’s parents as comfortable as possible.”