The love and joy that come with adopting a pet make all the work involved well worth it. When you wake up at 5 am to walk your dog or scrape out the bottom of your cat’s litterbox, it’s all for the rewards of the cuddles, snuggles and companionship they give you in return. Taking care of your pet’s health while balancing your finances, however, can be a bit trickier.
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The pandemic has increased the adoption of telehealth services and this is no different for pets. Hello Ralphie is a marketplace that connects pet owners with vetted professionals that provide veterinary telehealth services. Founded by a former developer at Rent the Runway, who enrolled at Wharton to build the platform, Hello Ralphie offers immediate appointments with veterinary technicians to diagnose appropriate treatment options and address any emergencies. The company has experienced a whopping 800% increase in users since March and its service is available nationwide. AlleyWatch caught up with Founder and CEO Felicity Johnson to learn more about the inspiration for Hello Ralphie, the company’s impressive traction, and recent funding round from HearstLab and WPMC Fund.