This Business Is Going to the Dogs

Posted on September 1, 1992 by LCT Staff

When Morris the Cat needed to attend an awards banquet, there was only one service that could properly take care of the finicky feline’s transportation needs — Pet Limo.

Pet Limo is like any other livery service. It is registered with the state Public Utilities Commission, carries all applicable insurance, and does up to 30 runs per day.
Pet Limo is like any other livery service. It is registered with the state Public Utilities Commission, carries all applicable insurance, and does up to 30 runs per day.

Whether it means getting Morris to his banquet, Zelda the Boxer to a wedding or transporting various exotic animals to the airport, Pet Limo is there to fill every pet owner’s needs.

“I was working as an animal technician before I started this service,” says owner Steven May. “I saw that a lot of pet owners were having a hard time getting their animals to the vet, so I started this company.”

May has franchised his business and now offers service in West Los Angeles and Rancho Mirage, as well as the original based in Los Angeles. “We cover all of California. Many of our long distance runs are for pets of people who either are moving or who have more than one home and need us to handle the transportation,” May adds.

Pet Limo operates four minivans and one limousine. The vehicles have all the amenities the regular livery client has come to expect, including tinted windows, stereo, color TV, VCR, and a bar stocked with bottled waters and bisquits.

“We put the TV in for a reason. It soothes the pets. The most popular shows are cartoons — the dogs just love them and they quiet the birds right down,” he says.

Pet Limo is like any other livery service, it is registered with the state Public Utilities Commission, carries all applicable insurance plus extra insurance to cover the precious cargo. May estimates they do between 20 and 25 runs per day and four to five emergency runs per night.

A regular pickup and return trip to the vet will cost between $49 and $59. Emergency ambulance service costs anywhere from $75 to $250 and a trip to the airport, including booking the flight, can cost between $85 to $105 during the day to $150 and $175 at night.

Delivering pets of the rich and famous to their weekly grooming session is only part of the job for May. Recently he helped rescue animals orphaned by the Yucca Valley, CA, earthquake. “We brought 25 animals that had been stranded by the quake to a shelter in Orange County. All but six of them had been placed within the first day,” he says with pride.

May has transported everything from a full-grown deer to a spider monkey, small alligator, and even an emu (a small ostrich). “No request is too odd for us,” he adds.

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