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May 18, 2016

Philly-area businesses: Hit up Uber on Thursday for a Puppy Playdate

App request will bring puppies to area offices between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

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As the working world gets over the hump today, employees at Philadelphia-area businesses should consider making Thursday an especially "pawsome" step toward the upcoming weekend.

On May 19, Uber and the Pennsylvania SPCA are teaming up to bring back Puppy Playdates, enabling regional businesses to open up the Uber app and schedule a 15-minute session with an adorable puppy. If you fall in love, you can even adopt the puppies!

“At Uber, we love finding ways our technology can delight the public and advance worthy causes like that of the Pennsylvania SPCA,” said Jon Feldman, General Manager for Uber Pennsylvania. “All you need to do is open the app, hit request and get ready for a doggone good time. We expect demand to be high, so if you don't get a pup right away, please sit patiently and keep barking. "

The cost of a playdate with these pups is $30, but that can easily be split amongst a handful of co-workers in need of dispensing a little TLC. Every dollar earned from the event will be directly donated to the PSPCA.

Last August, Uber raised $1,500 and found homes for 11 puppies. In October, a similar kitten-themed event netted $4,000 and found homes for 21 kittens.

“The best part of these partnership days is bringing moments of joy to animal lovers throughout the city, and ultimately finding homes for the puppies," said Jerry Buckley, CEO of the Pennsylvania SPCA. "This day often extends into increased adoptions for all of our animals -- kittens, adult cats, puppies and adult dogs – a wonderful side effect of Uber’s reach.”

Thursday's event runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Uber users at businesses in Center City, Old City, the Navy Yard, University City, Conshohocken, King of Prussia, and Cherry Hill can open their app and slide over to PUPPIES to make a request. Offices are required to have an enclosed space ready for puppies.

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