One of the signs that Covid-19’s hold over Americans’ lives is easing is that pet owners, including the millions who adopted over the last year, are now spending a little less time with their animals. As a result, two of the most popular apps for booking dog walkers or pet sitters say they’re seeing the highest demand since the pandemic started a year ago.
The dog walking revival varies by city, tending to track with vaccine distribution and the lifting of stay-at-home restrictions. San Francisco-based Wag Labs Inc. reports the most growth in Florida and Texas, where bookings in five major cities each increased about 50% from February to March. A Place for Rover Inc., which is gearing up for a stock listing on the Nasdaq in weeks, says gross bookings companywide are at their highest level in a year.