Online service that connects pet owners with pet lovers expands to Canada

Pawshake launches in Canada, finding sitters, walkers and boarding for furry friends

TORONTO, June 11, 2015 /CNW/ - Just in time for summer, Pawshake.ca, an online service that allows pet owners to find loving, vetted and insured pet sitters, walkers and home boarding, has launched in Canada.

"Pawshake's arrival in Canada marks an exciting moment for us and for pet parents," said Tanguy Peers, co-founder of Pawshake. "People view their pets as family members, and with summer vacations coming up pet owners can be stressed and worried about what they will do with their pet. Pawshake brings together the best of both worlds: animal lovers can offer their services as pet sitters, and pet owners can enjoy their vacation without worrying about their pet. And most importantly, your pet doesn't have to spend their holiday in a cage or kennel, but will be loved in a family environment."

According to a recent Pawshake survey, 40 per cent of respondents have experienced difficulties finding someone to take care of their pet, and 56 per cent would be prepared to cancel their holidays if they did not find a proper solution for their pet. This does not come as a surprise and is the main reason that the Pawshake concept was developed.

Dries Coucke developed the Pawshake concept in 2010 when his father fell seriously ill and his family was faced with the difficulty of finding help to keep his parents dog well cared for. They knew there were certainly people to look after their dog but they were unsure how to connect with them. The idea of the Pawshake website was born.

Since launching in 2013, Pawshake has built a reputation for connecting pet owners with trusted and insured pet sitters. The company operates in 15 countries including Australia and the United Kingdom. More than 1,000 Canadians are already offering their services as pet sitters on Pawshake.

"Pawshake allows pet owners to book trusted sitters in their area that will treat their pet like family," said Peers. "Some people call Pawshake a 'bed & breakfast for pets', but Pawshake is much more than that. We are a true community where animal lovers gather to help each other."

About the survey
In June 2015, an online survey was conducted with 164 Canadian pet owners.

About Pawshake

Pawshake is a trusted community of pet lovers. Pet owners can find loving, vetted and insured pet sitters, dog walkers, doggy day care or home dog boarding solutions through the Pawshake website or app. Rates start at $15/night and all reservations include complimentary insurance, 24/7 customer support, and daily photo updates.Pawshake was created in 2013 by Dries Coucke and Tanguy Peers, two former eBay and Kijiji senior employees who have harnessed their experience to benefit a global community of pet lovers. Pawshake has both an English and French site in Canada.

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For further information: Press Contact: Tara Bolger, 416-929-2052, tbolger@blueskycommunications.com

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