Thanks to New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission's policy for drivers to allow pets in the vehicles at their own discretion, arranging a ride for you AND your furry friend may be hard.
Luckily, a few small companies have emerged to pick up the slack!
Pet Taxi, which has been carting around pets and their human counterparts for 15 years, can arrange a ride in an hour's notice and rates start at $30 for 30 Manhattan blocks.
May seem pricey, but pet parents pay for customer service, satisfaction and the companies own Pet Protection & Privilege motto, which is a solemn guarantee aimed to “release the burden of worry and let you feel at ease that your pet is always safe.”
If that's too pricey, check out K-9 Cars (k9car.com), which offers rides for $25 and along with Pet Chauffeur (petride.com), offers added amenities such as clean and well-ventilated crates, doggie seat belts that allow freedom of movement and online booking.
Upper East Sider Karrie Wright has been a longtime user of Pet Taxi because cabs wouldn't take her dogs and speaks highly of the company saying, “They always show up on time and are very loving."
If Teddy ever makes a trip to New York City, we'll be taking a ride in a Pet Taxi too!