A bus service for dogs provides Hong Kong pet owners with the opportunity to get out and about with their pooches in a city which bans animals from most public transport. Roselle Chen reports.
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It's not easy being a pet owner in Hong Kong.
Pets are not allowed on most public modes of transport, pet parks are few and far between and taxis for long distances can be expensive.
But what began as a Facebook campaign started by three frustrated pet lovers in 2012 has now become a regular Sunday affair.
It's a new bus service catered specifically to dogs and their owners, allowing easy travel to one of the eighteen pet-friendly parks across the city.
Founder, Kamric To, called the new service '99 Bus' because '99' sounds like the word 'dogs' in Cantonese.
SOUNDBITE: Kamric To, 99 Bus founder, saying (English):
"Hong Kong is not a so friendly, dog friendly city. Most of the Hong Kong transportation do not allow pets to get in. But Hong Kong has many pet lovers and they have difficult to take their pets to go around the city but they do want to. So that's why we want to do the pet bus called the '99 Bus'."
Since its launch, over 1,000 pet owners have taken advantage of the bus service.
According to 2011 government statistics, 166,500 Hong Kong families have dogs, representing 7.1 percent of all households in the territory.
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