Check Out 10 of the Most Pet Friendly Airports in the US
Is wanderlust urging you to pack your bags and go somewhere you have not been to before? You may be longing to hop on a plane, but hesitant about leaving your furkid behind. Maybe you’ve heard of horror stories from other pet parents about traveling with your pets and the stress that comes with it.
Well, it is pretty stressful if you fail to prepare for car travel or flying with your pet. It’s a good thing though that some airports are exemplary when it comes to providing facilities for your furkids. Upgraded Points conducted a study and recently released a list of the top 10 most pet-friendly airports across the USA! We’re excited to share this with you so you can use this as a reference when planning your vacation itinerary this year. Here you go:
1. John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)
New York’s JFK International Airport tops the list with facilities that go beyond the federal regulations requirements. Not only is there a 24-hour fully staffed veterinary hospital, but the airport also features a 4000 square foot garden called the Wooftop with a grassy area, a walking route, and even a play area for your human kids. The outdoor lounge allows both fur parents and pets to relax while waiting for their flight. The vet hospital serves not only dogs and cats, but also horses, exotic animals, and livestock. If your pet is used to luxury, you can also take advantage of their $100/night hotel that has full-sized beds and flat screen TVs for your pet’s entertainment.
2. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL)
Responsible pet owners like yourself may be able to relate to the difficulty of having to drag your pet across public areas and hoping he won’t “let it go” before you can reach the designated place for your furry pal. Not at ATL! Canines are most certainly welcome in this airport with several Service Animal Relief Areas located at every foyer. Additionally, there is also a fenced 1000 square foot dog park with benches and biodegradable poop bags.
3. Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)
The airport is one of the top ten busiest airports in the US, and has dubbed themselves as “America’s Friendliest Airport.” The hugely popular airport has free Wifi in all terminals and other facilities such as the restaurant and gate areas. Sky Harbor certainly has plenty to boast about when it comes to being pet-friendly. Three of their nine pet relief areas are cleverly named The Boneyard, The Paw Pad, and The Pet Patch. If you’re on a connecting flight, you and your pets will love the chance to sit back and relax, stretch their legs a bit, take pee breaks, and drink water. These pet areas are located indoors, outdoors, pre and post-security in terminals, so you’d have no trouble looking for one.
4. Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
Even if you might have a hard time looking for pet-friendly hotels in Los Angeles, you’ll find that it’s no trouble finding pet-friendly facilities at LAX. Currently, there are 11 pet relief stations, both indoors and outdoors, making them the airport with the most number of pet relief areas in this list. If you’re planning to stay more than two days in the City of Angels, the pet-friendly hotels are located just near the airport so you don’t have to rush through the famous LA traffic. One of those hotels has a full kitchen so you can whip up your own meal if Fido’s used to your cooking prowess.
5. Minneapolis St.Paul International Airport (MSP)
Let’s just say that you can’t take your dog along on your impromptu trip. Would it be that difficult to find a pet boarding facility that’s near the airport? Not if you’re in Minneapolis-St. Paul area! Located on airport property, Now Boarding offers overnight boarding, spa and grooming services, a pet pool for therapy, and dog training services. From the facility, you can drop off your pet, park and take a free ride to the airport. Upon your return, you’ll also be picked up by the shuttle and returned to Now Boarding no matter what time of the day it is.
6. Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS)
Whether you’re planning to take your dog along with you or needing a facility that’s quite near the airport to board your dog while you’re away, you’ll easily find pet-friendly facilities at AUS. Connecting flights can be a nightmare for pet owners and furkids. Thanks to the well-lit dog park located at the end of the terminal though, you’ll be able to allow your pet to stretch his legs, use the area to relieve himself or drink from the water fountain while waiting for your next flight. You can also find the Bark and Zoom pet hotel on site where you can park your car and leave your dog for a mini vacation. He’ll enjoy playing in the outdoor play areas and frolicking in the swimming pools!
7. Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO)
This list would not be complete without mentioning the pet-friendly facilities found at RNO. You’ll find a 1000 square meter fully-fenced dog park called the Gate K-9 Bark Park for passengers and their furry pals equipped with a fire hydrant, running water, and even mitts to pick up after your pet. Inside the airport, you’ll also find an indoor pet relief where your dogs can pee just before getting on a plane. Cats are welcome to relieve themselves as well in this fenced 700 square feet area.
8. Dallas Love Field Airport (DAL)
Your pets are important at DAL! Pets and service animals have a place to relax and relieve themselves while waiting for their flight. Called the Pet Park, the area that’s located at end of the Baggage Claim Hall on the upper level is large enough for them to stretch their legs and run as well. Additionally, you will find a smaller pet relief station on the lower level just across the taxi stand. Use the Pet Relief Area map to easily find the areas where your dogs can use to relieve themselves.
9. Denver International Airport (DEN)
When it comes to pet-friendly places, there are a lot of restaurants, hiking trails and parks in Colorado that allow dogs with or without a leash. The state is also included in the list of top ten highest percentage of pet owners in the US. Needless to say, the airport in Denver, CO is also included in this list. Aside from the usual relief rooms, you can find Paradise 4 Paws pet resort, a 25,000 square feet premium pet boarding facility that’s open 24 hours. The resort offers overnight suites for both cats and dogs, grooming services and even massage therapy for your anxious and tired little ones.
10. Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport (DFW)
Because of the intense heat during summer, DFW made sure that there are more than enough pet relief areas at all five terminals. You’ll find both outdoor and indoor relief areas and while they’re not exactly exceptional, the sheer number is more than enough to bring comfort and relief to our furry pals. One thing is for sure, you won’t be wasting time trying to look for a bathroom for poor Fido.
The Bottom Line
It’s a good thing that the airports in this list went beyond the requirements according to federal rules and regulations. Pet owners who bring their furkids along have doubled in the past year alone, and these facilities can certainly help both fur parents and their pets in making traveling and flying less stressful.
Have you been to any of these airports? How was your experience? We’d love to hear from you! Share your thoughts in the comments section below.