DogVacay (dogvacay.com) is a new service in New York City and Los Angeles to find Host Homes for people to send their dogs to when they are out of town. These houses and vetted and insured by the company. They are planning to expand on May 18 to Miami, Washington and Chicago and other cities later.
You can search for a pet sitter in your neighborhood to care for your dogs as an alternative to kennels or burdening friends and family with pet sitting duties. DogVacay rates can vary but can be cheaper than a kennel. The site also lets you customize your search, whether you want a backyard for your black Lab or an apartment for your Chihuahua.