Client
DogVacay is the nation's largest network of 5-star pet sitters and dog walkers
Services
Product Development
Industry
Petсare, Social Networking
Tech
Android, Butter Knife, Retrofit 2, Dagger 2

Challenge

Having someone to take care of your beloved pooch while you are away is key to a worry-free holiday or business trip. This is exactly what our client DogVacay is engaged into. Connecting pet owners with trusted pet-sitters willing to care for their pet like a member of their own family, the online community offers pet owners a safe, convenient and affordable way to make sure their furry friend is safe and sound while they're away or busy with work. When DogVacay started looking for a team of developers, they already had a mature, complex and feature-rich application on iOS. Yet, there was an increasing demand from their users for an Android version of the product. To meet this growing need, the client trusted us to build a fully functional Android app that would have feature parity with its full-fledged iOS counterpart.

Specifically, we took on the following challenges:
Deliver a bunch of features to reach feature parity with the iOS version on Android; these include connecting pet owners with pet sitters, managing bookings, processing payments and refunds, a full feature chat functionality, video and photo updates, and more.
Keep pace with the features being added to the iOS app.
Create a rich custom interface.

Solution

A full-featured Android app offering a pet care solution for every pet owner’s need: dog walking, house sitting, drop-in visits, pet home boarding, pet daycare and grooming.
An appealing custom calendar to schedule an in-person Meet and Greet and pet boarding.
Search functionality providing the option to browse profiles of prospective caretakers based in a particular location and select a potential host based on ratings and reviews.
Geolocation function to help users easily track their dog’s walks.
The internal messaging module that allows contacting and messaging pet sitters and dog walkers right from the app as well as receiving messages with daily photo and video updates from sitters.
Integration with the payment system – credit cards and Android pay – that enables pet owners to pay securely straight from a mobile device.
Integration with analytics systems.
The in-app camera with the possibility to add stickers and text to images.

Impact

The DogVacay app makes it easy to find and book trusted pet boarding in the neighborhood so that pet owners can travel with peace of mind.
The application connects dog owners with more than 60,000 five-star dog sitters who are part of the community across the U.S. and Canada.
50K + downloads within first three months of launching the 1st version of the app.
The app enjoyed a 4,7-star rating, racked up hundreds of thousands of 5-star reviews, and was featured by Google Play.
The Android app performance is on par with its iOS counterpart.

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