We are a team of Dog Lovers currently located in Perth, Western Australia, and Hobart Tasmania.
We wanted to build a useful site for Dog Owners and Dog Carers. Most of us have long backgrounds in information technology, and we thought the current options for finding suitable care were a bit too expensive, and really, just begged for people to go around the system.
That is, we have dogs ourselves. So we know the issues of looking for suitable dog carers. We also like to have our data in one place. Our memories are fallable, and we know that good dog carers will come and go. It makes sense to just keep the info on the site an look it up when you need it. The thing is, we know that many people make contact through a site and then deal with each other directly. This is because of the payment model of those sites, and it is a shame because then the data is lost and when you want to go back to your bookings and history ... well it's just not there, because that 'system' was bypassed.
That's why we wanted to launch a solution that was not just another 'middleman' solution. People are too smart for that approach and they are not well served (and neither are their dogs) by having to 'go around' something all the time.
So, at present, the WoofLinks web site is a listing service for dog caring and the WoofLinks App allows you to keep track of walks and your dogs friends (their WoofLinks). We are doing work to integrate the application and WoofLinks Dog Caring web site data so that you can track your dog's walks with carers as well. At present the two are separate since we have put some some focus on this Dog Caring part of our solution. We are making that free for now, until 1 September 2017. After that the fee will be just $12USD per year for Dog Carers to list their services and take bookings. That's it.
One dollar a month for Carers, and you guys work out paying each other directly ... because you would most likely end up doing that anyway. Why pretend? The difference with WoofLinks is that there is no reason not to use the WoofLinks site to manage bookings and availability. WoofLinks won't get in the way. We do not take a cut. So there is no reason to 'go around the system'. Dog Owners know what they are paying, and they know what their Dog Carers are getting paid. Transparent. Win-win.
Please give us a try. We want as many Dog Carers to list on the site as possible. We are also happy to get feedback, because we want the system to be better. Thanks for reading.