One woman is launching a network of sidewalk dog kennels that allow owners to park their pups while running around town.
Chelsea Brownridge of Brooklyn, NYC, said she got the idea for the Dog Parker after she had to leave her dog, Winston, at home while she went to brunch with friends.
“I ran into this problem dozens of times,” Brownridge told the New York Post. “It was a bummer because it was a nice day and he wasn’t going to be able to go outside.”
The Dog Parker is an on-the-go boarding kennel found in front of stores & restaurants. Instead of tying your dog up in the street or leaving your dog at home, the Dog Parker allows dog owners to errands with their best friend in tow.
To use the Dog Parker, one must simply register for a one-year membership online. Once membership is verified, the small street-side kennel costs 20 cents per minute and is equipped with an ID reader that only unlocks for the dog’s owner.
Currently, the Dog Parker includes heat insulation, a cooling fan, and webcam. According to the company’s website, the newer models will come in larger sizes (for large breeds or multiple dog families), and include sanitation lights, odor control systems, noise mufflers and larger windows.
Today, there are a small handful of Dog Parkers in front of Brooklyn businesses. The response has been varied. “You get a range of responses, from, ‘Wow, great,’ to, ‘Seriously?’ to, ‘Do they have one for kids?’” said Keith Goldberg, owner of Baguetteaboutit, a coffee shop and bakery.
“We’ve had a couple of people use it in the past couple of weeks; I’m just happy to have another service I can offer my customers.”
When asked about the Dog Parker, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) released a statement urging dog owners to think twice before parking their dogs.
Gail Buchwald, senior vice president of ASPCA’s adoption center warned: “If pet owners are not planning to visit pet-friendly establishments while running errands, the ASPCA recommends they leave their dogs at home. Leaving a dog unattended could put the pet’s safety at risk.”
According to Browdridge, the Dog Parker was tested by a number of dog experts throughout the development process. She believes that the Dog Parker is the best alternative to leaving your dog tied up or in the car.