Despite some pet owners classifying their four-legged friends as fellow humans, most startups don't directly support our animal family members.
These five Austin-based companies, however, do.
Take a look at five startups launched from our hometown looking to take a bite of the $62-billion pet industry.
Your dog can eat as well as you (if not better) when feeding him The Bones & Co paleo-diet inspired chow. Their locally-made, organic, raw dog food cuts back the risk of your pooch getting peridontal disease. On their website, pet owners select their dog's size, then a local chef prepares it for pickup at an Austin retailer.
For the dog owners looking for places they can bring their pups to, Dawgtown offers an app and social network for exactly that experience. Users can look up dog-friendly parks, restaurants, bars, groomers, boarding, vets and hospitals on the app. Along the way, they'll develop a local network with other dog lovers for things like meetups and events.
Headquartered in Austin, the team at petrelocation.com has helped nearly 360,000 pets safely move across the world to their humans' new digs. They offer door-to-door service, ensuring safe transportation for all pets including dogs, cats, fish, guinea pigs and more.
BarkHappy helps foster Austin's large community of dog lovers by introducing a real-time app to meet new dogs and owners nearby. It also features a hub of dog-friendly establishments on the map, upcoming canine events, the ability to create lost and found alerts and exclusive offers on dog products.
PetCru streamlines the process of locating a pet walker or at-home sitter through its website. Among its core services, Austin clients can schedule meet and greets and browse package options, including one-time and reoccurring service options.
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