Roadie: The New Uber For Pets
If you’re wondering how to get your pet to the veterinarian, pick up pets from a boarding facility, or a move across the country (all without owning a car) – Roadie may be the service for you.
This is the newest peer-to-peer driving service, much like Uber or Lyft. But rather than transport people, they transport goods (including pets) around town and around the country.
Roadie has added a specialty pet lover service focused on the transport of pets. This means, you can choose your own pet specialist driver, track your pets in real-time on the app, and access 24/7 customer support – all for less than sending by courier or as cargo in an aircraft.
By selecting a previously reviewed driver who has pet specialist status, you have the added reassurance of being able to reach the driver and/or a customer service specialist 24/7. This feature also helps you track your pet’s progress as they travel.
Here are a couple of examples of the cost associated with Roadie:
- If I moved me pet from Atlanta, Georgia to Phoenix, Az – Roadie would cost me around $505.
- To send a pet from LA to NY, it would cost me approximately $750.
- Take my dog somewhere within a 20 mile radius, it would cost about $20.
Price other transports with this handy calculator.
Download the Roadie App
Post a gig and they will send the request out to roadies who are already going that way.
Once the drivers receive the request, they will post offers based on their location, price and availability. This enables pet owners to review the drivers rating and experience before selecting.
You are in charge of who you trust with your pet.
Since they have Drivers in all 50 states, Roadie allows a personalized, door-to-door delivery service. This prevents the hassles of driving to the post office, the airport or nearest federal express office.
Types of Animals that Can (and Cannot) be Shipped
Roadie is happy to accept most household pets, including dogs, puppies, cats, kittens, guinea pigs, hamsters, mice, rabbits, rats, squirrels and flying squirrels.
They will also ship non-venomous amphibians, reptiles, lizards and turtles.
They even accept crustaceans, fish and mollusks as well as “beneficial insects” (which include bees, butterflies, crickets, worms and ladybugs).
There are some types of animals that Roadie will not ship. These include: endangered animals, any venomous, poisonous, or dangerous animal. Birds, snakes, livestock or “obnoxious insects” are also prohibited, as well as those covered under these conditions:
- Any live animal that is an Endangered Species
- Any injurious animal, the importation or interstate shipment of which is prohibited under 18 U.S.C. 42.
- Any plant pest, the movement of which is prohibited under section 103 or 104 of the Federal Plant Pest Act (7 U.S.C. 150bb or 150cc).
- Any fish or wildlife, the conveyance of which is prohibited under section 3 of the Lacey Act Amendments of 1981 (16 U.S.C. 3372).
Learn more about which animals are and are not accepted here.
Roadie automatically includes $500 insurance on each Gig, and Senders have the option to purchase up to $10,000 in additional protection.
Roadie partners with UPS Capital® to give you peace of mind that your items are covered from pickup to delivery. You’ll need to provide the driver with your pet’s safety essentials including food, medication, a travel crate, a leash, and a collar for pet transport.
They consider safety and security top priorities and only allow verified Roadie Pet Drivers to pick up and deliver Pet Gigs. Roadie also requires verified Drivers to transport animals in air-conditioned and/or heated vehicles, as well as provide food, water, and regular stops for your pet over the course of the trip.
As a Sender, you are responsible for communicating any specific requirements the pet needs for a safe and friendly drive, such as medical or dietary requirements. If you have any questions, you can always reach out to their 24/7 Customer Support team at 1-844-4ROADIE.
They want to make sure both the pet and the Driver have a safe, friendly drive. That’s why they require pet owners to provide the company with current vaccination and medical documentation before being able to use Roadie’s pet transport service.
Make sure you’ve chosen the right kennel for the animal being transported.
Pet Rescue Transport
If you’re an animal rescuer, you know how difficult it can be to find services to help relocate animals to new loving homes across the country.
Roadie makes it easy by finding a rescue already heading that way or discovering a new pet transporter that can get your pets to their new homes safely and securely.
Become A Driver
If you’re thinking of taking a road trip or are planning on hitting an agility workshop, you might be able to offset some of your costs by becoming a driver with Roadie to help transport products (like something as simple as a dog kennel or pet food) and earn anywhere from $8 – $50 a ride with local gigs and up to $650 for long distance runs. Those who have an excellent track record with pets can earn nearly twice those amounts.
Start by registering as a Driver and signing up for Pet-friendly status inside the app. Once you’re verified, you can bid on Pet Gigs, which pay nearly twice regular Gigs.
Roadie delivers pets all across the country almost every day, and they are actively seeking out animal lovers to join their community.
We see many benefits to this service, but as with any service, there are concerns. Make very clear your expectation about leaving animals in the car for even a few minutes. Also verify they know how to handle your pets.
Make sure your driver understands your pets must stay secured for the entire ride and any specific requests you have for individual animals. Your pets rely on you to keep them safe.