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LASTAMPA, LIBERO QUOTIDIANO (Italy)

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MILAN - Fido has an appointment with the vet but your boss just scheduled a last-minute meeting? No worries, let Pet Taxi take care of it for you, says La Stampa.

Pet Taxi is an initiative started by Farmina Pet Food in collaboration with SCIVAC (Society of Italian Vets) to help pets from Milan and Rome get their vaccinations and to their appointments on time. This is the first initiative of its kind in Italy.

The service aims to help those who can’t make it to the veterinarian’s because of whatever reason – lack of time, age, distance, transport problems, etc.

The service has to be booked in advance and aims to also help vets better organize their appointments – if a furry patient needs to be transferred to another facility for further treatment or special tests, they can also call Pet Taxis in to help.

The Pet Taxis are driven by expert staff who are able to handle even the most complicated of situations – let’s face it, animals are not the most well behaved passengers.

The complete package – a round trip accompanied by a driver, with or without the owner on board – is 35 euros. You can book online and there are deals in place with veterinarians that offer discounts. Loyalty cards are also available.

Interest in the project is high, writes Libero Quotidiano, but for now the network is only available in Rome and Milan. Potentially, the project could expand countrywide if it takes off.

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