Press & Media
Last April 1st, we made it on the New York Post. See the full article below.
In the city that offers everything from round-the-clock gyms to Pinkberry delivery, it’s no surprise that off-loading pet care is just a click or a phone call away. A host of NYC companies can practically take your pet ownership responsibilities off your plate. The Post looked into several of these services and calculated just how much time could be saved — and money spent — if each were used for an entire month.
Chauffeur to vet appointment
Why ditch your lunch plans when you can outsource taking Fido for his monthly vet visit? Pet Chauffeur (petchauffeur.com; 212-696-9744) employs a fleet of four vans and about 10 drivers to whisk your pet to all of his appointments, and work with vets whose staff will bring your pet inside (if they won’t, Pet Chauffeur drivers will chaperone your pet inside for an additional fee). They base their prices on the number of city blocks traveled — a 25-block ride costs $37.
At an Indoor Pet Spa, Why Let the Dogs Out?: New York Times, by Julie V. Iovine
A Cab For Your Lab: New York Post, by David Serchuk
It’s a Fare Deal for Fido: Daily News, by Ralph R. Ortegas
New York Pets | Dog Days: The Economist Magazine
Cities Will Talk to the Animals by Going Orange: USA Today, by Sharon L. Peters
- Driving Spot Around Town: Times Ledger Newspaper, by Adam Pincus
The recession has not been kind to the pet industry. While their finances are in flux, pet owners are less likely to splurge on toys or grooming, and fewer vacations spell empty kennels at the boarding house. In fact, prospective owners are less likely to take on the financial burden of a new dog or cat to begin with.By Ralph R. Ortegas 05/19/2001
PET CABBIES OFFER QUICK PICK-’EM-UP
Vicki Ungar gave up yelling, “Hey, taxi!” to go across town with Molly, her lovable cocker spaniel.”Ten taxis will pass you before one will stop. I guess most don’t like people with animals,” said Ungar, a pet hospital manager who travels to work with her pooch daily.
David Lang, owner of Pet Chauffer, picks up another fare. Ungar gets Molly there using Pet Chauffeur, one of the city’s pet-transportation companies that allow humans along for the ride. Animal lovers who travel with sizable dogs, as well as iguanas, ferrets and other exotic critters, have turned to such companies after being banned from most other modes of public transport.
Cabbies take the most heat for passing on pets, objecting because of their size and even for religious and cultural reasons. Many drivers can’t handle fur. “I’m highly allergic to cats, I choke,” said Fernando Mateo, president of the 30,000-member New York Federation of Taxi Drivers, representing livery cabs. But the biggest objection comes from the potential backseat cleanup.
“Cab drivers don’t like to stop for pets because they fear they might do their business in the car,” said David Lang, owner of the Long Island City-based Pet Chauffeur. Potty accidents are no problem for Lang, whose five-minivan fleet comes prepared for cleanups. Lang charges varying rates around town, starting at $25 for 1 to 40 blocks. He also will go out of state. Locally, owners travel free and crates are not usually required.
Ungar calls ahead to schedule her 15-minute ride to work at the Park East Animal Hospital in midtown. Drivers usually arrive early, she said, and often will tune into Molly’s favorite jazz and classical stations for the ride. Dog and owner make at least 10 trips a week, pricey for Ungar since she started taking Molly to work in January. She declined to discuss how much she pays, but explained that 12-year-old Molly has cancer. “She’s very special, and a great companion,” said Ungar, who was recently divorced. “I’ll really do anything for my dog.”
Pet movers make trips to the vet, hospital, groomers, doggie day care, airports and New York’s animal havens.
“I take a customer three times a week from Tribeca to Central Park with her giant, beautiful German shepherd, Harley!” said Larry Reilly, owner of the Manhattan-based Pet Taxi. Reilly also offers tempting excursions to grassy country settings near mountains and lakes, and provides weekend service to the Hamptons. “Reunite yourself and your dog with Mother Nature,” he urges on his Web site, “Meet other pet owners who want to give their pets a better life.”
In 1999, Gail Pierangelino, a former deli owner and groomer from Manhattan, started a one-woman pet-travel business called Petex. Ever since, she has found customers who wouldn’t travel any other way with their animals. “They have no worries,” said Pierangelino, 47. “They call me up, and I’m there. It’s like having a private car for you and your animal.”