Pets

  • Vetted raises $3.3M to treat your pet at home

    Vetted raises $3.3M to treat your pet at home

    What’s worse than going to the doctor? Taking your pet to the doctor. Not only is it a major hassle to actually transport your dog or cat to the vet, but you usually end up paying way too much for way too little time spent with the actual veterinarian. Vetted wants to change this. Read More

  • Rover raised $65 million for pet sitting

    Rover raised $65 million for pet sitting

    Finding temporary housing for your dog should be as easy as renting an Airbnb. That’s the idea behind Rover, which raised $65 million to expand its pet sitting and dog-walking businesses. The Seattle-based company got a significant vote of confidence from Spark Capital, which is leading the round and additional capital from existing investors including Menlo Ventures, Foundry Group… Read More

  • The Farmer’s Dog, a customized pet food subscription service, scoops up $8.1 million

    The Farmer’s Dog, a customized pet food subscription service, scoops up $8.1 million

    The Farmer’s Dog wants to fill the bowls of canines everywhere with fresh food made especially for them. Based in New York City, the startup plans to expand its dog food delivery service after closing a $8.1 million Series A round led by Shasta Ventures. Returning investors Forerunner Ventures, Collaborative Fund, and SV Angel also participated. Read More

  • Dog Parker, because even your dogs deserve a smart home

    Dog Parker, because even your dogs deserve a smart home

    Everyone says that dogs are a huge responsibility, but it’s hard to feel the weight of that responsibility until you own one. Dog Parker, a new startup out of ERA, is looking to take out some of the stress of owning a dog in New York. As you might imagine from the name, Dog Parker is a service that lets you park your dog outside of a grocery store or coffee shop while you are… Read More

  • Protect your pet with Treat’s on-demand vet visits

    Protect your pet with Treat’s on-demand vet visits

    Your pet gets sick and you don’t know what to do. Google has a thousand conflicting answers and it could be a week until you can get an appointment with a veterinarian. But Treat can let you chat live with a licensed vet instantly or get them to come for a same-day in-home visit to check on your furry friend. Treat can also hook you up with the best pet products, training and… Read More

  • Together, we can make this auto-Facebooking camera harness for dogs a reality

    Together, we can make this auto-Facebooking camera harness for dogs a reality

    The problem with Facebook isn’t the amount of pictures of dogs, it’s the lack of pictures by dogs. Finally someone is addressing this scourge — unfortunately, it’s an ad agency. So this isn’t a sponsored post, but it may as well be. Read More

  • VetPronto Brings Veterinary House Calls To San Francisco

    VetPronto Brings Veterinary House Calls To San Francisco

    A new company looking to make it more convenient for pet owners to see their local veterinarian, VetPronto, is now live in San Francisco. A member of the Y Combinator Winter 2015 class, VetPronto is offering on-demand house call veterinary services for dogs and cats, allowing customers to skip a visit to the clinic or just see a vet at a more convenient time – like on evenings and… Read More

  • Findster’s GPS Tracker Locates Missing Kids Or Pets, Without A Monthly Fee

    Findster’s GPS Tracker Locates Missing Kids Or Pets, Without A Monthly Fee

    There are a number of gadgets, both new and old, that allow parents to geo-locate their children – or let puppy parents track down a wandering Fido – but many of these either fall short of the task at hand by relying on Bluetooth alone, or require a monthly fee, like the FiLIP smartwatch for kids or the Amber Alert GPS, for instance. A new gadget now in the works… Read More

  • PawTrack Is A GPS Tracker Just For Cats

    PawTrack Is A GPS Tracker Just For Cats

    With so many GPS pet trackers out there, is there room for yet more? The pet products industry is estimated to be worth $58.5 billion and there are more than 170 million pet dogs and cats in the U.S. alone, and as long as pets keep getting lost, companies will keep figuring out ways to help frantic owners find them. One of them is Pawtrack, which makes a GPS collar specifically for cats. Read More

  • Doggie-Focused Bark & Co. (BarkBox) Raises $15 Million Series B

    Doggie-Focused Bark & Co. (BarkBox) Raises $15 Million Series B

    Bark & Co., the doggie-themed technology company best known for its dog treat-delivering subscription business BarkBox, and more recently, its vet care-on-demand service BarkCare, has just closed on 15 million in Series B funding. The company raised $10 million in inside round led by previous investor Resolute.vc, along with RRE, BoxGroup, Lerer Ventures, Bertelsmann Digital Media… Read More

  • BarkBuddy Is A Tinder For Dogs

    BarkBuddy Is A Tinder For Dogs

    Like many dog lovers and potential new dog owners, when it came time to adopt a new pet, my first stop was not the pound, but the Internet. I read about the various dog breeds and their respective temperaments, and I visited the websites of local shelters to see what kind of dogs were currently available. Now, a new mobile application called BarkBuddy has launched to make the dog adoption… Read More

  • Kittyo Keeps Your Cats Entertained While You Spy On Them

    Kittyo Keeps Your Cats Entertained While You Spy On Them

    Do you feel blue when separated from your cat for any length of time? (I hope so, because then I’d feel a lot less alone). Despite their rugged individuality, indoor cats need to satisfy their stalking instinct, keep stimulated, and get enough exercise, according to the Humane Society. Kittyo is a device that lets owners keep their cats entertained while spying on them from afar. Read More

  • Pet Sitting Marketplace Rover Raises $12 Million Series C

    Pet Sitting Marketplace Rover Raises $12 Million Series C

    Rover, the Seattle-based online community that connects dog owners with in-home sitters, is today announcing $12 million in Series C funding, in a round led by new investor Menlo Ventures. Existing investors Madrona Venture Group, Foundry Group, and Petco (yes, the retailer) also participated. The company has raised nearly $25 million to date. The new funding also sees Menlo’s Sunil… Read More

  • iCPooch Is A Remote Treat Dispenser & Pet Facetime Terminal For Absent Dog Owners

    iCPooch Is A Remote Treat Dispenser & Pet Facetime Terminal For Absent Dog Owners

    Last summer we covered Petzila’s answer to keeping a pet pooch happy when you’re not at home: a remote treat dispenser called PetziConnect which also let absent dog owners view and talk to their pooch while delivering treats from afar. Fast forward a few months and prepare to greet iCPooch: another gizmo aiming for the not-so-stay-at-home dog owner, but one which takes the… Read More

  • Petnet Raises $1.125M To Make A Smart Food Dispenser For Your Furry Friends

    Petnet Raises $1.125M To Make A Smart Food Dispenser For Your Furry Friends

    Petnet announced today that it has landed a $1.125 million seed round from Grishin Robotics, Kima Ventures, SparkLabs Global Ventures, and Launch Capital. Petnet (a different company from the Australian pet supply seller of the same name) will use the investment to commercialize its first product, the Petnet Smartfeeder, which is scheduled to ship to customers in the middle of this year. Read More

  • PiP Uses Facial Recognition To Reunite Lost Pets With Their Owners

    PiP Uses Facial Recognition To Reunite Lost Pets With Their Owners

    Having your dog or cat run away is pretty traumatic. And even if somebody finds your furry friend, they might not know where to find you. If your pet ends up in a shelter, chances are high that it will be euthanized, so Philip Rooyakkers, the CEO of PiP – The Pet Recognition Company, decided to see if he and his team could use facial recognition instead of tags to more easily report and… Read More

  • Klooff Is An App For Pet Lovers Who Idolize Their Animals

    Klooff Is An App For Pet Lovers Who Idolize Their Animals

    Do you love your pet? Do you have a phone? Are you alone and have little else to do? Klooff is the way to go. The app is, as I understand it, a way for pet lovers to share their love for their pets. You take pictures of your pets, meet new friends with similar animals, and then go on walks and stuff. And then you can make products with images of your pet on them. Read More

  • DogVacay Adds Airbnb Investor Andreessen Horowitz To Its Pack Of Backers, Aims To Become The Place For All Pet Services

    DogVacay Adds Airbnb Investor Andreessen Horowitz To Its Pack Of Backers, Aims To Become The Place For All Pet Services

    DogVacay launched in March this year as an Airbnb for dogs — offering owners an alternative to soul-less kennels and expensive dog sitting services for when they need to leave town and leave their pooches behind. Since then, the service has picked up some traction with users tripling every month since launch, and to continue its growth, it’s adding another VC to its list of backers. Read More

  • Mobile-Friendly Pet Locator PetHub Closes $1.3 Million Seed Round

    Mobile-Friendly Pet Locator PetHub Closes $1.3 Million Seed Round

    Seattle-based startup PetHub just closed its seed round of $1.3 million from angel investors (including PetHub founder Tom Arnold‘s dad!) for a service that helps lost pets find their way home. The company uses a combination of online pet profiles and scannable ID tags that allow anyone with a mobile phone to quickly access everything there is to know about the pet, including the… Read More

  • A Whole New Meaning For Dog House: Spotwag Uses Your Social Graph To Find Petsitters

    A Whole New Meaning For Dog House: Spotwag Uses Your Social Graph To Find Petsitters

    I love my two cats Pepper and Magic and kind of think of them like two extra children and definitely part of the family. I also travel a lot — sometimes on my own, more often with my husband and two (human) kids. So this company launching today is right up my alley, and chances are you if you live in one of the 72.9 million households (63 percent of homes) in the U.S. with pets you… Read More