Rising Pet Adoptions Creates Demand For ‘Puppy Nannies’

Kristen Fallon and her kids were at LaGuardia Airport in New York City to meet their newest family member Rex, a mini Bernedoodle puppy. But getting little Rex to the Big Apple, during a pandemic, was a problem.

Pet adoptions amid the coronavirus pandemic have increased in many parts of the country, with kennels and breeders barely able to keep pace. Demand for pets, coupled with ongoing travel restrictions, has spawned a booming unique business: Pet Nannies, who help transport pets to their new owners across the country.

“Our breeder is in Colorado,” Fallon told CBS News correspondent Kris Van Cleave. “So we couldn’t exactly fly from the east coast to Colorado. So you need someone to carry them,” she said.

One of those people is nanny Sue Murphy. For around $ 500 plus the plane ticket, Murphy will ensure that a puppy receives VIP treatment from their current location to their new home anywhere in the country.

“As soon as I receive the puppy, I am in constant contact with my clients with photos and videos,” Murphy said.

For Rex, this meant a Pickup in Montrose, Colorado, followed by flight to Denver, then another to New York. Murphy takes about 13 trips like this a month. She says she feels safe stealing and business has doubled in the past year – she even hired her husband to help her out.

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For Murphy, working like a dog to bring these doggies back to their forever homes is a labor of love. “For me it’s not like a real job, because I love it so much and it makes everyone so happy,” Murphy said.

So much so that it brings tears to her eyes – and the eyes of her clients.

“Tears of happiness,” Murphy said.

CBS News’s Kris Van Cleave contributed reporting.

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