April 17, 2021

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Pet-adoption surge generates desire for “pet nannies”

Kristen Fallon and her children were being at New York’s LaGuardia Airport to satisfy the latest member of their family members: Rex, a mini Bernedoodle dog. But finding very small Rex to the Major Apple, in the course of a pandemic, was a trouble.

Pet adoptions amid the coronavirus pandemic have surged in lots of spots of the state, with kennels and breeders barely able to maintain up. The desire for pets, coupled with ongoing journey restrictions, has spawned a exclusive company that is booming: Pet nannies, who assist transport animals to their new proprietors around the nation.

“Our breeder is in Colorado,” Fallon advised CBS Information correspondent Kris Van Cleave. “So, we could not specifically fly from the East Coastline out to Colorado. So, you will need somebody to transportation them,”she stated.

Just one this sort of another person is pet nanny Sue Murphy. For about $500 moreover airfare, Murphy will see to it that a puppy dog will get VIP procedure from its present-day location all the way to its new dwelling anywhere in the country.

“The minute I get the dog, I’m in contact with my shoppers the complete time with images and video clips,” Murphy reported.

For Rex, that meant a pickup in Montrose, Colorado, followed by a flight to Denver and then an additional to New York. Murphy tends to make about 13 journeys like that a thirty day period. She says she feels harmless flying and business enterprise has doubled in the past year — she even employed her husband to support out.


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For Murphy, working like a doggy to get these pooches to their for good houses is a labor of like. “It truly is to me not like a authentic work, simply because I just adore it so much and it will make every person so delighted,” Murphy mentioned. 

So considerably so, it provides tears to her eyes — and her clients’ eyes. 

“Tears of pleasure,” Murphy explained.

CBS News’ Kris Van Cleave contributed reporting.