Paw-ing Around the City

Photo courtesy of Hadley Parritz

Living in a city like Chicago, it’s usually pretty easy to get around without a car. Although trying to take your pet around the city, especially for an appointment at Blum, can be challenging. Here are some options for transporting your furry family member!

For small pets who can fit into a carrier, they are allowed on CTA buses and trains if the carrier does not take up a seat or obstruct any walkways. The carriers also need to be able to be carried on by a single person. Metra also allows pets in carriers on all weekend trains and recently started a six-month trial program for them to be allowed during the week on non-peak hour trains.

With the popularity of ride-sharing apps, it has become much easier to bring pets to different places around Lakeview, Lincoln Park or even downtown! When riding with companies such as Uber and Lyft, it is driver’s discretion if pets are allowed in the car. Both companies recommend contacting the driver as soon as the ride is confirmed to ask if it’s ok for a dog or cat to come along. We have heard this is a great option for pet owners, and most drivers are more than willing to have your furry family members in their car if they are immediately notified.

Chicago Pet Transport is an animal-only service that drives just you and your pet to your desired location. While they prefer the owner ride along, if the circumstances do not allow this, they will make special arrangements for just your furry family member to be transported. They are open 365 days a year and 24 hours a day, so in case of any unexpected situations, you will still be able to bring your pet anywhere they need to go.

If you have any other tips on how to get your pet around Chicago, especially to Blum, please let us know!

Written for Blum Animal Hospital by Jackie Sheppard.