DogVacay was founded by husband and wife Aaron Hirschhorn and Karine Nissim Hirschhorn. The concept was said to come from the couple’s “desire to find a real, loving home for their own dogs, so that their boarding experience is as much a vacation as their owner’s.”They began the company after having trouble finding a place to board their dogs. They left their dogs with a friend and upon returning from a trip they saw that the dogs seemed happy. They began trying to dog sit themselves, and their clients grew from one to one hundred.
Initial funding for the company was obtained from First Round Capital, Science Inc., Baroda, Quest, and Andreessen Horowitz. Additional capital was obtained in November 2012 from Benchmark Capital. The company initially debuted in New York City and Los Angeles in March 2012. In July 2012, the company went national in the United States and currently operates in both the U.S. and Canada. In October 2013 it was announced that the company had raised an additional $15 million in funding. The company raised close to $50 million in venture capital across several funding rounds by early 2015