RIP: Pet Care Startup Baroo Shuts Down

This week, Baroo, a Boston-based pet care startup, announced it was shutting down operations.

Based in Boston, Baroo had over 100-person staff, including 100 part-time pet handlers who provide building residents with $20 dog walks, $70-a-night pet-sitting, and grooming services that run  as high as $600. Founded in 2015, Baroo had raised $3.5 million in funding.

Co-founders Lindsay Hyde and Meg Reiss, announced the news in a note to customers on its website.

We are extremely sad to share with you that Baroo will be ceasing all services and shutting down operations at the end of the day on Wednesday, February 21st.

We started Baroo four years ago with the mission to revolutionize pet care, delivering exceptional service to pets and pet parents. Over the past four years, we at Baroo have had the pleasure of caring for so many incredible dogs, cats, chinchillas, birds, fish, and rabbits. It has brought all of us tremendous joy to get to service such wonderful animals-we have watched rambunctious puppies become silly adults, helped nervous pups experience the world safely, and said goodbye to a number of our older furry friends with you. Together, we shared over 130,000 playdates with over 5,500 pets in five major metro markets.

However, as with any start-up, like Baroo, that is pushing innovative approaches and something totally new: sometimes you don’t make it.

We are working closely with Rover to also get your favorite Baroo pet care providers on the platform so that you can book and schedule with them directly.



on Wednesday after expanding to five major markets and having raised $3.5 million from investors.

Lindsay Hyde and Meg Reiss, Baroo’s co-founders,

“Together, we shared over 130

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