70% of Americans who don’t own a dog report that they would like a dog. At the same time, 3.2 million dogs are put down in pounds each year. Enter Hub Dawg.
Bikeshares - like Boston’s own Hubway bikes - have been sweeping the nation, giving millions of people the benefits of owning a bike without the hassle. Now Hub Dawg is here to do the same thing for man’s best friend.
Working the local animal shelters, we’re taking hundreds, maybe thousands, of dogs who might have been put down, and sending them out into the world as HubDogs - on-demand canine pals who our members can walk, jog, and play with.
Anyone can stop at a Hubway bike station and take a bike out for a short ride. Hub Dawg is just like that - you come to one of our street-side Dawghouses, swipe your Dawg Paw , and in less than a minute you’re strolling down the street with one of our rescue dogs.
Thanks to seed stage funding, we will have our first street-side Dawghouse set up in Back Bay, open between 6am and 9pm, by early March. We plan to be expand to 11 Dawghouses throughout Boston, Jamaica Plain, Brookline and Cambridge by June and bring Hub Dawg to San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles by January 2016.
Yes. Hub Dawg’s four season Dawghouses have insulation added in the winter and a state of the art ventilation system during warmer months to keep the dogs comfortable. Each Hub Dawghouse is supervised by a Hub Dawg employee who takes the dogs for walks, monitors their hydration, feeds them and looks out for the Hub Dawg’s general well being.
Each evening, Hub Dawg’s caretakers collect the dogs from their sidewalk Dawghouse and bring them to our state of the art Hub Dawg campus in Malden, MA. Our campus has an on site veterinarian who monitors the health of each and every Hub Dawg.
We take well behaved, healthy dogs that local animal shelters have not been able to adopt out - often because they’re a little too old for people who want to adopt a puppy - and put them through our training and medical preparation. Hub Dawgs receive a full set of vaccinations, get a medical checkup to make sure they’re in good shape for the active Hub Dawg lifestyle, and pass an obedience course before they’re ready to go out into the world.
We take care to give each dog the right amount of activity. Walks, play, and exercise are all part of a healthy, active life for a dog - in fact, many dogs in this country don’t get enough outdoor exercise - so the time our Hub Dawgs spend with their dog walkers is exactly what they need. We make sure the dogs don’t get overworked by taking them back to Hub Dawg home base to rest once they’ve had enough activity for a while. With good food, frequent walks, lots of people to play with, and doggy friends.
Our HubDawgs are quite well behaved, but if yours decides to go exploring, don’t worry - all HubDawgs wear GPS collars, and our mobile team of dog tenders will track them down in no time once you call Hub Dawg customer service to let us know.
Yes. Hub Dawg vans shuttle our Dawgs from place to place, so we can move Dawgs from where you return them to where they need to go without a problem.
In November 2014, Hub Dawg received $1.5M early seed stage funding.
During the next six months, we’ll be expanding our street-side Dawghouses to 11 location throughout Boston, developing an IOS and Andorid App and accepting our first members.
In 2016, Hub Dawg plans to partner with SPCA organizations in New York and California to open New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles hubs.
“Hub Dawg is amazing for meeting people in the Boston Common. I stop by a street-side Dawghouse, grab the cutest puppy and just wait for people to approach me.”
“I love going for runs in the evening, but have never felt safe going by myself. Now I just take my Hub Dawg out for a jog with me.”
“I've always wanted to own a dog, but I travel all the time. Now there's Hub Dawg.”