Uber is finally rolling out a solution for desperate pet parents in need of a ride.
The ride share platform has launched Uber Pet in select cities starting Oct. 16. It matches animal owners with drivers who actually welcome pets — instead of turning them away due to “allergies” and, let’s face it, hairy, slobbery mess concerns, The Verge reports.
Currently, it’s the driver’s choice in terms of whether a pet is allowed in the car. (Discreet cat carriers and small doggie bags are much easier to get away with.)
But while some drivers welcome a bit of big dog time, others can turn owners away on the spot, making a bad situation even more inconvenient for those trying to get their fur baby to an emergency veterinary hospital, for example.
During the ride-request phase, customers will be able to select the Uber Pet option in the same way they do UberX and UberPool, according to Mashable. At that point they’ll see an updated rate with a surcharge of $3 to $5, and get paired with a driver who is willing to transport both pet and owner. Drivers will also get a share of the special surcharge.
Passengers with service animals are not required to ride with Uber Pet, and can order a vehicle in any form they prefer.
Other ride-share services, such as Lyft and Juno, have a pet (non-service animal) policy that leaves pickup to the discretion of the driver, and encourages passengers to reach out to confirm prior to arrival.
Starting Oct. 16, the model will be tested in Austin, Texas; Denver; Nashville, Tenn.; Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minn.; Philadelphia; Phoenix; and Tampa Bay, Fla.
For now, New York pet parents still have to find creative ways to bring your pooch on the subway, until Uber moves ahead with the expansion.
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