In an age when there’s a startup for everything, right from booking your maid to having your funeral arranged, why should your pets be left behind? As a pet owner, you love and care for your pet and need the best for them.
Fortunately the startups wave has struck some animal lovers who’ve turned entrepreneurs to help solve pet problems. From booking their spas to buying the best of pet accessories, these startups are creating a whole new industry which hitherto was confined to the neighbourhood pet shop. Though the pet care industry in India is nascent and not as mature as in western countries, the industry is growing at about 26% a year, fuelled by a significant increase in spending by Indians on pets in the last few years.
We reached out to all the pet startups in India and got a lowdown from all of them on what they do, for you to bookmark.
Vivaldis Health and Foods Pvt. Ltd. is a healthcare products company born out of the vision of professionals passionate about animal and human healthcare. They manufacture and market novel medicines for chronic disease management such as obesity, cancer, arthritis, and nutrition management for pets. Founded in early 2015 by OP Singh and Kunal Khanna, a London Business School graduate, Vivaldis operates in 25 cities across India and its products are available across leading veterinarians and pet shops across the country.
3. The Pet Photographer
Pet Photographer | Operates in Bangalore| Facebook
Missed out on taking pictures of your pet chasing his tail or asking for more food with that irresistible wide-eyed look? Happens to the best of us, although pets are such a big part of our lives – they’re family. Pet Photographer captures those fun moments with your pets, be it indoors or outdoors. “From action shots to photos of your pets with their personalities highlighted in a way you never thought would be caught on camera.”, says founder and pet photographer, Aakanksha Tavag, an ex-Googler, who now finds happiness in capturing your precious moments with pets.
4. Time For Pet
Timeforpet.com aims to serve as a one-stop destination for all your pet needs. It allows you to post free advertisements through which you can put up your pets for adoption or adopt a pet. There are various kinds of pet products and accessories up for sale ranging from pet food to chew toys. The site also provides with doctor’s advice, which basically means you will have assistance from a vet in case your pet has a medical emergency. The website also houses a list of reputed veterinary clinics all over Bangalore.
CollarFolk is for those people who hate to leave their pets behind when going on a vacation and would love for them to come along! Collarfolk is the new one stop service provider to ensure just that. They help people plan pet-friendly vacations with their ever-growing list of pet friendly hotels, resorts and home stays across India. Other than that, they also help you find the right grooming and boarding services for your dogs. “And yes, we even help you get a pet friendly taxi for the trip. Happy Holidays!”, the founder Rukmini Vaish beams.
6. Heads Up For Tails
“Heads up for tails is a celebration of these amazing animals who give so much and ask for so little!”, say the proud founders. Heads up for tails are India’s exclusive luxury brand for ‘pawsh’ and fun doggie couture. Their products range from customized dog beds, chic collars and leashes, fashionable dog apparel, to a range of accessories for pets and pet lovers. The idea of Heads Up For Tails was born out of an innate and deep understanding of dogs and their likes and dislikes. “Our venture is a means of using our expertise and passion to curate and retail the finest products and accessories for doggie parents and their wards.”
7. Doggie Dabbas
While there’s a slew of food startups to order your favourite grub from, your poor pets have to contend with packaged food at best. Doggie Dabbas aims to change just that. “Starting from our little backyard, Doggie Dabbas came to light with the sole passion to provide healthy, home cooked, cutomized meals for ‘man’s best friend.’ Our protein rich food is vacuum packed with the latest technology and hand delivered to your doorstep.”, say the founders. Doggie Dabbas is a one stop shop which provides the benefits of home-cooked food combined with the convenience of traditional packaged dog food.
Here’s an AirBnB for dogs! Waggle is an online community of dog lovers where traveling pet parents can find safe and loving dog lovers homes. “Our core principle at Waggle is to help find safe and loving homes for dogs where they get care and an environment just like their homes. Hence, we are completely reliant on hosts as this is the only way we can ensure the quality of the service that we provide. We do not own any boarding homes, but we do host dogs in our home frequently,” , say the founder duo of Sameera Abraham and Arjun Mathai.
Dogsee Chew is formed for the love of dogs. Founder Bhupendra Khanal, who headed an analytics firm for 7 years, quit to get into the food industry and ended up started DogSeeChew – organic foods for dogs. “It is a highly nutritious high quality snacking option for your dogs. The products are sourced from the best of manufacturers & suppliers in the Himalayan range – Nepal & Darjeeling.”, Khanal says.
Dogsitter is an online platform for pet owners to pet- sitters when they’re away and for pet-lovers to find a pet to sit! The website acts as a perfect aggregator for both pet-sitters and owners in an easy user friendly interface.
DogSpot is a one stop platform for all the dogs’ needs and according to ComScore, the most visited portal in the pets sector. DogSpot aspires to solve problems in the dog world, by aggregating and organizing information, bridging gaps and hence bringing the community closer. The website helps events to get more participants, footfalls and make premium content available to dog lovers free of cost. Apart from information on all things 4-legged and furry, DogSpot.in also sells pet accessories on the platform in affiliation with various partners.
Petdom is a pet adoption platform on a mission to find the right deserving home for all pets in India. With the help of technology, Petdom aims to aggregate and facilitate the adoption of thousands of dogs from Animal Shelters, NGOS, Animal Care Centres. Even current pet parents who are looking to re-home their loved pet can use Petdom to find deserving families and individuals. They have a verification process and a binding agreement which the pet adopter has to sign. Petdom provide help to its new family to ensure the pet is gently rehired. “We have collaborated with PFA (People’s for animal) Menaka’s Gandhi organisation and she is supporting us for the cause. We have 600 shelters on board and will soon have 10000+ dogs listed on the portal.”, say the founders Abhinav Tyagi and Udit Agarwal
13. Woof Yums – Customised meal plan for pets
Woofyums provides customised and doggy-tailored meal plans for your lil ones. You can choose the plan according to your dog’s culinary preferences and its size and order your meal and get it home delivered.
14. Scoobled – An online social group for pet talk
Scoobled is an online community where folks who adore their pets or folks who are allured with any kind of pet activity, can pitch in, share and discuss all things pet. From discussing pet related health issues, to knowing do’s & dont’s of travelling with a pet, to funny gags, to sharing pictures and more, it can be a handy social media forum.
15. Bark N Bond – Dog training and recreational service
A list on pet startups is incomplete without including Bark N Bond, a dog training and learning service by Pranita Balar, who quit her well paying job to follow her love for animals and turn it into a profession. If you wish to get your dogs trained without needing to inflict cruelty, and also let them have fun once in a while with other dogs, Mumbai based BarkNBond has your furry lil one covered. Bark n Bond also provides dogs on demand to bring some doggy cheer to offices.