Pawshake - Find a loving local pet sitter
Name of the initiative: Pawshake
Organisation form: For Profit Organisation
Domain: Temporary pet care
Starting year: 2010
Keywords: pet care sharing, Pawshake, online application
Pawshake is a Belgian sharing initiative that started its activity in 2010. Pawshake’s creation stemmed from a simple idea; somewhere in the community, there are dog lovers to take care of pets temporarily when owners are in trouble. Finding a person to lodge your pet with can become a serious problem, especially when the pet owner finds himself in personal difficulty.
The idea of Pawshake was shared in a post on a Facebook page at first. Pawshake’s team continued using the Internet to create meaningful connections between pet owners and lovers. By developing online communities, Pawshake improves the wellbeing of pets, their lovers, and owners. Pawshake connects pet lovers to pet owners through a free application. Pawshake’s services are free of charge for pet owners. Owners just pay for their chosen sitters’ services. All payments are carried out online, and some basic insurance is provided.
Pawshake offers the following range of services from pet sitters to owners: 1) Dog boarding; overnight care in the sitter's home, 2) Doggy daycare; daytime care, at sitter's home, 3) Home visits; drop-in visits in pet owners’ home, 4) Dog walking; fun and active walks for dogs, 5) House sitting; overnight stays and pet care in pet owners’ homes. The process is very simple, the user has to download and install the free Pawshake application, then use it to find and book a pet sitter.
Besides the core benefit which Pawshake brings to pet owners and sitters, it provides 24/7 support for application users, guarantees bookings through the application, covers veterinary care for pets, provides the possibility to receive personalised and flexible pet care for the owners, and access to Pawshake’s Trust and Safety team vet pet sitters.
Authors : Mehdi Montakhabi & Prof. Dr. Shenja Van Der Graaf , Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
Date added: 21 November 2019