I've mentioned Nick has a service dog, Charger, from Assistance Dogs of America and today, I received an e-mail from their Client Services Director, Jenny Barlos, which I am attaching below. It has some useful information about a new app.
To be honest, so far, we've only traveled by car with Charger and that was by choice because we need to do more research on air travel with a service dog. We've heard "horror stories" about it from others and some that said it was "OK" but they told us things we didn't like for Charger's sake. We didn't feel comfortable with what we've "heard". That decision, however, has limited our vacation choices and we've recently talked about doing more research into air travel so we can take a trip that would require air travel if/when we choose. I'll post more on what I learn later. For now, here is the e-mail I received below with a link to the app.
Here it is:
Here is some information for a directory for airport service animal relief areas. Let me know if you have any questions. Thanks!
Client Services Director
Assistance Dogs is a program of the Ability Center
Subject: Free SmartPhone App Shows Travelers with Dogs "Where to Go"
Free App Shows Travelers with Dogs “Where to Go”
Working Like Dogs has just released a free app that lets travelers with dogs quickly find “Where to Go.”
If you’ve traveled with a dog, you know that while many airports now have dog relief areas, they can be difficult to locate. “Where to Go: a directory of airport animal relief areas” gives directions to relief areas at U.S. airports.
You can find download links to the iPhone and Android apps at Working Like Dogs. It’s free!
Available in iPhone and Android versions, both versions make use of accessibility features on the phones which make the app usable for people who are visually impaired or blind.
If you’re traveling with your dog, whether a pet, assistance dog or other types of working dog, the “Where to Go” app gives you the information you need when your dog has got to go with just a click.
U.S. airports are listed, with short directions to the relief area at each. There are also links to U.S. Department of Transportation FAQs and updated ADA regulations about service animals, as well as other information.
After having challenges finding the relief area in some airports, Marcie Davis, founder of Working Like Dogs and International Assistance Dog Week, came up with the idea for the app. She wanted it to be a quick and easy tool anyone could use, and hopes the new app will help relieve a bit of the stress that can be a part of traveling with a dog.
The app is free so it can reach the largest number of people with assistance dogs and other working dogs. The app was developed for Working Like Dogs by Apptology, Inc.
Download the “Where to Go” app for your iPhone or Android phone at www.workinglikedogs.com and tell your friends!