NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Good Dog, the first marketplace to use expert-backed vetting standards to make it simple to get a dog from a responsible breeder, shelter or rescue, launches today nationwide. The company also revealed it has raised $6.7 million in funding from investors including BoxGroup, Felicis, Slow Ventures, Fuel Capital, BarkBox, SV Angel, as well as top angel investors including the founders of Warby Parker, Harry’s, Eventbrite, Flatiron Health, PillPack, LearnVest, and DogVacay. Financing will be used to scale the business, and grow the Good Dog team.
Founded by Josh Wais and Lauren McDevitt, early Jet employees and former co-founders of Wantworthy, Good Dog is bringing transparency and accountability to the often complicated and frustrating process of getting a dog. With nine million dogs being brought into new homes each year, Good Dog is centralizing the search onto one platform where only responsible sources are included. Each breeder, shelter and rescue that’s listed is vetted based on a set of standards created by Good Dog’s advisory board of leading veterinary and academic experts.
“As the process of getting a dog moves increasingly online, it’s becoming easier for puppy mills and other disreputable sources to pass themselves off as trustworthy and reliable. At Good Dog, we help connect prospective dog owners with only reputable, vetted breeders, shelters or rescues, so that each dog has the best chance of a healthy, well-adjusted life,” said Josh Wais, co-founder and CEO of Good Dog.
Through the Good Dog platform, potential dog owners have access to comprehensive profiles of Good Dog’s community of trusted partners and can connect with each of them directly. Prospective owners can browse the Learning Center and when they’re ready, can submit their application to one of Good Dog’s partners. Good Dog partners get all the information they need about each potential owner to determine whether they are the right fit for their dogs. Good Dog then helps to facilitate everything from communication to helping owners get their new best friend home.
“I’ve been fortunate to be involved with Josh and Lauren since the inception of Good Dog. As I was embarking on my own dog search, it quickly became clear that this was a totally broken process, opening up a massive opportunity within the $72 billion dollar pet market,” said David Tisch, Managing Partner of BoxGroup and Good Dog Chairman. “Good Dog is positioned to become the authority in dog ownership, helping to streamline each step of the process.”
ABOUT GOOD DOG
Good Dog is the first marketplace to use expert-backed vetting standards that make it simple to get a dog from a responsible breeder, shelter or rescue. With nine million dogs brought into new homes each year, Good Dog centralizes the process of getting a dog on a common platform where only responsible, vetted sources are recognized. Good Dog works with its advisory board of leading veterinary and academic experts to create a set of standards and vetting resources that are intended to give each dog their best shot at a well-adjusted, healthy life. Co-founded by Josh Wais and Lauren McDevitt, Good Dog’s investors include BoxGroup, Slow Ventures, Felicis, Fuel Capital, BarkBox, SV Angel, and top angel investors. Good Dog is based in New York City.