You have a dog? Does it give you a dog to take your pet to the park? Do you want to win some bitches? Wag! It is a new iPhone application designed for dogs, their owners and those who want to pocket an extra money taking these four-legged friends for a walk.
The app uses a technology very similar to that of other collaborative consumption tools, such as Uber or Lyft. That is, it gives users the option to request a ‘dog walker’ and place it at a specific place and time. From Wag! They ensure that they prepare and train all the walkers who offer their services on their platform and certify them as trusted professionals.
In addition, the software allows owners to track their pets’ walks in real time on a map and obtain a report about whether they were able to meet their needs. For every mile that furry ride, 10 cents are donated to the Best Friends Animal Society, one of the largest for homeless dogs.
Some time ago we talked to Wag Applicants, a mobile application that allowed anyone to earn extra income walking dogs and owners to monitor the walks of their pets in real time. Now the tool has just raised 300 million dollars of funds.
The round has been led by the Japanese Softbank and its Vision Fund. “Our fund invests in entrepreneurs who are driving the latest technology to transform existing industries and create new ones,” Jeffrey Housenbold, partner and investment advisor at Softbank, said in a press release. “Wag! He is a clear leader in the rapid global growth for pet care services and we are delighted to support his mission and his team. ”
“We are delighted to have a strategic partner in Softbank and welcome its experience by climbing leading technology companies through its global vision and operational experience,” said Joshua Viner, co-founder of Wag.
The application has received some criticism for some incidents involving lost dogs and customer reviews, but that has not prevented it from getting a fairly powerful capital injection. When it was launched in 2015 Wag began being present only to Los Angeles and New York but in these three years it has reached more than one hundred cities throughout the US.
Wag had raised until this round this $ 68 million round of Battery Ventures, General Catalyst, Sherpa Capital, Freestyle Capital and others.
The service leaves for about $ 20 a half hour and $ 30 a full hour. The company keeps a 40% commission for each ride made. For now, Wag! It is only available in the US, specifically in the cities of San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York.
Although at the moment only the individual walks are included, in a few months they could also introduce those of several dogs simultaneously.
If you like the dogs you can also use Zoa, if you are looking for another specimen to cross it with your dog, Wouwi, a social network for your best friends, PetMatch, to find dogs similar to any you had in your day or Kingdom, to put in contact owners with each other and with professionals and protectors. Download