Airport Pet Relief
Traveling with your pup can be heart breaking at times because not many airports cater to the fact that they have bladers just like us. Before most flights, I like to take Priscilla for a 30 minute walk or give her 20 minutes at the dog park just to help make the flight more enjoyable for her (allowing her to sleep the whole flight), but that means after the run or after the park she will need to quench her thirst.
And just like us, if we have a bottle of water then take an Uber to the airport, by the time we arrive we are looking for a restroom. The only difference there is always a restroom for humans by the check in counters but the poor pup needs to go too. Then think of how many times you use the restroom during the flight and imagine your pup still has not gone! After hours of flying you have landed and you might use the restroom before even picking up your bags, but again, your pup still has not gone!
I try to always think of Priscilla when traveling. Here is a list of airports that cared enough to add a pet relief station.
Priscilla’s favorite is pet relief is at ATL
Atlanta: Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL)
The 1,000-square-foot fully-fenced Pooch Park includes flowers, real grass, rocks, benches, and a huge doggie sculpture to make it fun for dogs to sniff around, get a bit of exercise, and do their business. After your pup does what it needs to do ATL provides biodegradable bags and a trash can for responsible dog owners. Considering it’s the world’s busiest airport, it has seen its fair share of pets pass through and wanted to better cater to their four-legged passengers.
Houston: George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH)
Not only does George Bush Intercontinental have four designated pet areas outside of Terminals A, B, C and D, it also has an onsite kennel managed by Continental Airlines.
The 1,100ft facility offers 24/7 kenneling and grooming services for pets with allotment between connecting flights or for a longer period of time, like day kenneling and overnight kenneling. It also offers Exercise pens and an emergency care facility is also available.
Philadelphia: Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)
PHL has 7 pet relief areas called Pet Ports, located outside of departures and arrivals. They include a mulch surface, a bench, and a cute faux fire hydrant. Each fenced-in area ranges from 250 to 600 square feet with a concrete dog paw print and for the convince of responsible pet owners includes a pet waste bag dispenser plus a trash can.
Phoenix: Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)
The Bone Yard, the Paw Pad, and the Pet Patch are Sky Harbor’s three pet-friendly zones. These areas offer a place for pets to get relief and stretch their legs.
Bone Yard 2,700ft is the biggest of the three parks and is located outside of Terminal 4. It consists of a bone-shaped area filled with gravel and absorbent dog litter, and is shaded during the day. Paw Pad 2,200ft is also made up of absorbent dog litter and is located outside of Terminal 3. Pet Patch 490ft is fully fenced and has natural turf and is located outside of Terminal 2.
St. Louis: Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (STL)
Fire hydrants are just one of the features at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport’s two outdoor pet rest areas. Animals are allowed to play off-leash in the 400 square foot gated spaces and also include park benches, trash cans, and plastic mitts for cleanup.
Reno: Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RTIA)
The Bark Park at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport was designed to make pet travel more convenient. They have two dog parks called Bark Parks. The original Bark Park is located north of the Baggage Claim. The second Bark Park is located south of the terminal building.
Artificial paw prints will lead travelers to either of the fully-fenced facilities that provide a much needed restroom for our four legged babies, fresh drinking water, and disposable plastic Mutt Mitts all under a canopy that protects travelers and pets from the weather.
San Francisco: San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
San Francisco International Airport offers two pet travel relief areas that are landscaped and fully fenced. They come equipped with drinking water, bowls, and garbage areas with mutt mitt dispensers. The areas are not really conveniently located but they are available to passengers and pat 24 hours a day.
Los Angeles: Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
LAX has four animal relief stations or ‘Pet Parks’ for pets to make everyone’s pet travel companions a bit more comfortable. The pet parks are mostly located around the Central Terminal on the lower level between terminals 1 to 5.
One is inside the Tom Bradley International Terminal beyond the security checkpoint. The other three Pet Parks are outside come equipped with a dog house, plastic bags, and a trash can.
Honolulu: Honolulu International Airport (HNL)
Honolulu International Airport has a fenced-in, grassy area conveniently located under palm trees. Fresh water, plastic bags, and trash cans are available for pets in transit.
Denver: Denver International Airport (DIA)
Denver International has opened an exercise area where pets can walk around and relieve themselves after a long flight. Denver International Airport is also home to Paradise 4 Paws, a premium on-airport resort for pets. The facility features private suites with flat screen TVs, indoor play areas, a bone-shaped splashing pool, and on-site medical experts.
The 25,000ft2 facility offers 24-hour service including cat and dog grooming, obedience training and massage therapy. Pets can board at the facility for just a day or overnight stays while owners travel. Web cameras in the facility allow owners to keep tabs on their pets round the clock.
Dulles: Dulles International Airport (IDA)
Dulles International Airport in Washington DC provides five pet and service animal relief areas, which were opened in 2010. The two indoor facilities are located inside the midfield concourses, one serving Gates A and B and another serving gates C and D.
The facilities comprise an L-shaped fenced-in area with artificial K-9 grass that can be rinsed by pressing a button on the wall. Dogs are provided with bowls of water and enough space to move around. The three outdoor relief areas have natural grass and are located outside the Main Terminal.