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UBER Pet - launching in the US

Uber USA allows pets to ride alongside their owners

As you leave the house every morning, does it cripple your heart to see Fido standing at the door, hopelessly awaiting your return? Well, some lucky US residents will ache no more because Uber has launched launching "Uber Pet" in select cities in the USA.

As of October 16, pet owners will be able to bring their furry friends along for the journey in seven select US cities. These cities include Denver, Austin, Nashville, Minneapolis-St.Paul, Philadelphia, Phoenix, and Tampa Bay. So, instead of leaving Fido at home, he can now ride shotgun as the two of you hit the town.

Uber’s Pet Policy

Prior to October 16, Uber required all pet owners to call a driver ahead of time and ask if they could bring their pet along for the ride. However, this policy ultimately defeated the whole purpose of Uber. It no longer made the service a quick push-of-a-button, and at the end of the day, most drivers were canceling rides when they found out passengers had a furry, four-legged plus-one. How ruff is that?

So, after listening to customer feedback, Uber decided to throw pet owners a bone. Riders will be able to choose the new feature from the ride selection screen, just like how you would pick an UberX or Uber Pool. Uber will then match riders with a pet-friendly Uber driver for a small fee of $3 to $5. Uber drivers will be guaranteed a significant portion of this surcharge on top of their regular trip earnings, which will incentivise more drivers to allow pets in their car. With more drivers, there will be more options for you to ride with your best friend.

So, if you're in one of the lucky US cities launching Uber Pet be sure to check the new service out!

FIngers crossed, this service comes to Australia soon!

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