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This Man Started A Facebook Group That Built A Community For UPS Drivers To Share Dogs They Meet On Routes

Members of the group told BuzzFeed News drivers will use their work breaks to play with pups, and use their own money to buy and give treats to them on their routes.

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One of the greatest perks of his job, he said, is the dogs he meets on his routes. "I wish we could just hang out with the families and their dogs all day, but it's just not feasible," McCarren said.

Sean McCarren

He explained that he and other UPS drivers will often take their work breaks to play with these dogs who run up to their trucks or greet them when they come to people's front doors.

Five years ago, McCarren was inspired to start a Facebook group — a community of sorts — for him and other UPS drivers to share photos and videos of their pup friends. He named it UPS Dogs.

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He said he is the main moderator, but it's completely crowdsourced by the many UPS drivers across the country.

UPS Dogs / Facebook / Via Facebook: UPSDOGS

McCarren will receive photos from other UPS drivers and share them to the page when he has free time. He named a few all-stars of the page.

"Katie Newhouser, Scott Hodges, Tommy Mathis, Matt Cathell, Kim Gowatch, Jeff Skender, Amanda Morellas, Sabah Baird, Kim Johnson, Bo Nelson, Julie Martin, Scott Duquette, Gina Cribbs, Sue Whittaker, Barbara Greene, Keith Wyatt, Gary Resedez, Elliot Sweig, Anthony lapenta, Beth Morgan, and many more."

Fellow UPS driver Jeff Skender from Illinois told BuzzFeed News he's been working similar routes for 15 years "so I know my customers pretty well, but I know their dogs even better, being the dog lover I am."

Skender has been meeting a neighborhood dog named Charlie for over a year now. And he always comes bearing a treat.

Charlie recently had a litter of 15 puppies! (The father of the pups lives in the the neighborhood as well, Skender said.) Skender shared the video of Charlie enthusiastically showing her pups to him on his route last Wednesday to the Facebook page.

UPS Dogs / Facebook / Via Facebook: video.php
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"Some of my customers try to give me dog bones for reimbursement, but I’m not a big fan of that, although I humbly accept them as to not hurt their feelings," Skender said.

Sometimes, sadly, drivers who've built a relationship to pets, and who've shared photos throughout the years, will also post updates when they die. "His human told me today of his passing and my eyes welled up and my heart sank," one driver wrote.

McCarren's group distinguishes itself from UPS, the company, but UPS, the company, fully endorses the spirit of the group. "Yes, we are aware of that site," a spokesperson told BuzzFeed News. "It’s a good example of the relationships our employees build with their customers, two- or four-legged!"

McCarren and Skender both could not stress how much the dogs they meet, and who they look forward to meeting, add to their jobs every day.

And thanks to McCarren, UPS Dogs is delivering that unconditional love to social media feeds.

Tanya Chen is a social news reporter for BuzzFeed and is based in New York.

Contact Tanya Chen at tanya.chen@buzzfeed.com.

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