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App finds dog lovers for hire while owners are away

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) - Forget the kennel, many Kansas City-area residents have turned to a phone app and website that connects them to a nationwide network of dog lovers for hire.

Maggie Fitzgerald is a self-proclaimed dog mom, who is particular about who she lets watch her 3-year-old rescue dog, Bailey, when she is away.

"I'm an overbearing, overprotective, neurotic dog owner," she said.

But Fitzgerald is one of the customers who use the Rover app and lets them book sitters who dog sit from their home. Each dog sitter has a biography, will meet with customers beforehand and has pet insurance.

"I can be sitting in a conference room and find out I have a business trip and I can book my dog care right there," Fitzgerald said.

Fitzgerald says Bailey's sitter, Adriene Norton, texts her pictures of her dog when she is out of town. At Norton's, Bailey can run, play with other dogs and sleep on the couch.

"I like to do a meet and great first. I want the people to see my house and see my dogs and meet me," Norton said.

 Since Norton became Rover-approved, she says business has been booming.

"I have to constantly turn people away because I'm so full," Norton said. "I didn't know that there was such a need for in-your-home doggy daycare."

Since using the site, Fitzgerald says she wouldn't take Bailey anywhere else.

"Leaving them in a kennel to be a lone in a cage is just not an option for my family members," Fitzgerald said.

For more information on Rover, click here.

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