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The sharing economy trend continues with the “Airbnb for Dogs,” Santa Monica-based DogVacay, which helps dog owners to find a home for their pets while they’re away. The company announced today that it has secured $6 million in Series A funding from Benchmark Capital.

DogVacay was co-founded by Aaron Hirschorn and his wife, who hosted well over 100 dogs before launching the service in March to get a handle on whether the concept would succeed as a business. Like Airbnb’s focus on transparency for those renting properties, the company places a great deal of emphasis on the quality of homes it approves as potential hosts for dogs.

Photo Credit: A photographer captures his puppy come out from under his hiding spot. Roger Johnson / Flickr.com