When Aparna Srinivasan was inspired to create SpotOn.pet, it was because she realized she probably wasn’t the only pet owner having the same problem. Turned away time and time again by ride-hailing services that wouldn’t also take her dogs, she thought, “I can’t be the only person who thinks, ‘I like spending time with my dogs, why can’t I take them to the places I want to hang out?’” That frustration — as is often the case with innovation and invention — germinated an idea that just launched in New York City and the boroughs.
Just as important to Aparna — a pet-owner and dog-lover herself — is to give back to the furry community. So when SpotOn launched, so did “Take a Ride, Save a Life.” SpotOn has partnered with local shelters, including Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue, Rescue Dogs Rock, and Bideawee; every time someone takes a ride with the service, one of the partner organizations receives a free ride. Since getting shelter animals to foster and adoption events is crucial to their finding a forever family, and funding is an ongoing issue for most shelters, providing transportation is key to an animal’s successful adoption process. While SpotOn.pet is live just in New York City for now, but we want to expand further so can take even more pet owners and their furry friends (safely) near and far!