yours2share.com, the website that was created to help people find like-minded individuals to share assets ranging from yachts to handbags, has noticed an increase in ads for dog sharing.
Set up in 2007 by founder Sophie Garrett, the website has become a popular hub for dog owners looking for dog lovers to share in the enjoyment of their canine pal.
“Many people dream about owning a dog, but are unable to because they work full time. Before I introduced this category, I was constantly asked if yours2share enabled dog sharing.” says Sophie.
The majority of the adverts on yours2share come from owners who work during the week and don’t want their dog locked up all day. They are looking for someone to take their dog for walks and showing it some affection while they are out.
Often the owners have had their dog for years, but a change in their circumstances means that they either find someone to help look after their dog or have to find another owner. Changing circumstances could be a new job, return to work, or an inability to continue paying for full-time dog sitting and dog-walking services.
Dog sharing is also popular with owners who want to take the odd weekend away but would prefer their pet to be looked after by someone who know and loves them rather than put into kennels.
Sophie says: “As a dog owner myself, my priority is the dog’s best interests. I’m uncomfortable with the ‘rent-a-dog’ concept where dogs are passed between numerous owners for a fee. Dog sharing on yours2share is controlled by the dog owner to ensure that all parties, including the dog are satisfied, with the arrangement. The owner checks potential sharers and takes full responsibility for the dog and any costs such as veterinary bills and insurance.”
She continues: “Some simple guidelines are available on the site to ensure that both the sharers and the dog are happy. As long as some key points are agreed at the outset then the arrangement should work sell and bring delight to all involved”.”
Here is a blog post with an example of dog sharing in action and the dog sharing listings.
Notes to Editors:
yours2share is a website for private individuals to buy, sell or rent shares in valuable assets, or create new syndicates. This enables people to see all the options in one place, and allows them to take control and create bespoke sharing arrangements. yours2share is totally independent. It doesn’t sell any of the valuable assets, finance or insurance, so it offers an objective view of the industry.