In conversation with Sucheta Sinha, owner of K9 cab service, Kolkata’s very own pet cab service for dogs.
Beacon Kolkata: Can you tell us about K9 car service?
Sucheta Sinha: K9 pet cab service is the first of its kind in Kolkata. My pet cab service is a 24/7 service so even at 2am if there’s an emergency, I’m available. And I know the basics of first aid for dogs so that is a bonus. Mostly we get hit-and-run cases and apart from that, we get the maggot infestation cases or tumors, etc.
BK: What made you start this pet cab service?
SS: I have a pet dog and a couple of years back when I didn’t have a car, she met with an accident and she was paralyzed. I had to take her to the doctor 3-4 times in a week. At that point of time, Ola and Uber were reluctant to drive us around so it was quite a difficult time for me and my family. I always had to fight with the cab drivers. Following which, I myself met with an accident and I eventually had to give up my job and started a transportation business along with a fleet of cars. At that point of time I decided that I’m going to keep one car for the pet cab service. So basically it’s for both – strays and pets who are injured.
BK: What has been your biggest achievement so far?
SS: Someone hired my service to rescue a dog from Benares. So it was basically from Calcutta to Benares by road and back. The dog is fine now.
BK: What kind of clientele do you usually get?
SS: My pet cab service is one of the costliest in the city but if someone is unable to afford my services due to their financial background yet want to help an animal in distress, I do provide discounts.
BK: How many years has it been and how do you operate?
SS: It’s almost been 2 years since I started the service. In most emergency cases, I’m the one driving the car because I’ve had a lot of problems with drivers in the past. If I’m driving and the dog decides to sit on my lap, I don’t feel disturbed at all.
BK: Any message for animal lovers who want to help animals in distress?
SS: Without any hesitation, please give me a call. I will try my best to help.
Sucheta Sinha can be reached at 8017462335/ 705943371. For best deals on prices, contact her directly. You can find more details about her pet cab service here.