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New ride hailing service for pets launches in Vancouver

Basically Uber for dogs (and their humans)

For those travelling around city with their furry friends, a new service could make catching a ride easier.

With ride-hailing services growing quickly, a new business has popped up specializing in getting pets to where they need to go. Paws en Route is launching in Vancouver, expanding from Toronto where it was founded.

Paws en Route uses an app and its stable of vetted drivers with pet-friendly vehicles to connect people with the right option for their trip. The vehicles are all equipped with crash test-certified pet harness equipment and other features focused on pet safety.

"Paws en Route allows pet owners to schedule and book rides - any pet, any time, any place!" states the company in a press release. "The easy-to-navigate app, Paws en route Ride, saves preferred locations for users, but users can also book rides through the service’s website or by phone."

Pets can be taken anywhere, and don't always need to be transported with their human.

They launched in Toronto in 2017 after founder Dacia Rohler needed a way to get around with her own dog.

Along with the ground transportation service, Paws en Route also has a sort of air concierge service at Vancouver International Airport.

"Airline partnerships including WestJet, Cargojet, and Air Canada, the Paws en Route team coordinates all the necessary paperwork including tickets and customs forms," they say in their release. "Also, we transport pets and owners to the airport and ensure they get on the plane safely."

Discounts are available for some people as well, notably staff and friends of VCA Canada Animal Hospitals, the CNIB and breeders.