A pet-friendly ridesharing app is coming to Philadelphia

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PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (WPVI) – “Every time I talk to a foster or rescue organization, a lot of the animals aren’t adopted because their volunteers aren’t able to get to an adoption event” , said Aparna Srinivasan. “It’s purely transportation. Awesome. We’re the solution!”

Srinivasan founded “SpotOn.Pet” in response to his own frustration of navigating a crowded city with his dog or pig in tow. The rideshare service launched in New York City in 2018 and is currently available to foster families and rescues through a mobile app in the Philadelphia and South Jersey area. Later this year, it is expected to roll out to the general public.

“You can come for a ride with your pet or use one of our pet-only services,” she said. “We have excellent drivers who are vetted and can come to your door and arrange for your pet to go to their appointments without you.”

Each driver receives a thorough background check and is also subject to the Animal Cruelty Database to ensure safe, high quality rides for pets. Spot On is even currently looking for drivers in the Philadelphia area.

The service saved the life of Juliette, a dog who recently lost her sight and hearing.

“I was on vacation, so Juliet was with a different foster family and she had a medical emergency,” adoptive mother Colleen Antoon said. “They called Spot On, immediately got her a car, rushed her to the ER and drove her home.”

The four hour procedure was a success and Juliette is now available for adoption.

The same goes for Grinch, who has been with his adoptive mother, Christine Dougherty, for a year.

“He’s been patiently waiting for his forever home for a while now and he’s been hoping someone there is his person who could watch today,” Dougherty said.

Both dogs are available through Rescue Dogs Rock NYC to any interested adopters in the Greater Philadelphia area.

The Philadelphia Animal Care and Control Team (ACCT) also seeks to place its pets into loving homes. This week, they teamed up with the Bissell Pet Foundation to waive adoption fees through Tuesday, May 24.

“We’ve had over 100 dogs at our capacity for months,” said Sarah Barnett, ACCT Philly’s acting co-executive director. “So if you’re looking for a new pet, you can come here and adopt them.”

To learn more about SpotOn.Pet, Rescue Dogs Rock NYC, or ACCT Philly, visit their respective websites.

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