When you think of early adopters, you might think of someone who's had a car2go car sharing membership since Day 1, and probably a Zipcar membership before that. But an early adopter could also be that person you know who's been involved in rescuing puppies and kittens, well, before rescue was the thing. And in the Venn diagram of these two groups — early adopters or not — there's certainly a lot of overlap.
And that brings us to the question: Is it OK to take your pet(s) in a shared car?
In most cases, the answer is yes. "We do have a pet policy for all members," says James Emery, the general manager of car2go in Austin, Texas, and adopter of a 70-pound blue heeler mix. Emery says car2go wants both drivers and pets to be safe, so they do recommend pets be kept in carriers when they're in cars.
It's the same story at ReachNow car sharing in Seattle. "We're open to pets being part of the lifestyle our members have," says Laura Gonia of ReachNow. "We believe there's a world where people are owning fewer cars in busier urban environments. They're taking all the same trips, running all the same errands. How can we enable members to live that lifestyle? That's why we allow pets in the cars."