Phone App Provides “Relief” To Dog Travelers
You’ve packed up the dog, her food, her toys, her leash -- you are ready to go, but do you know where to go when nature calls?
Posted: March 22, 2012, 5 p.m. EST
Available for the iPhone and Android, the free phone app created by Working Like Dogs gives directions to animal relief areas at U.S. airports. Created for owners of working and service dogs, the app uses features that make it accessible for the visually impaired or blind.
While many airports now have dog relief areas, they can be difficult to locate. Whether traveling with pets, assistance dogs or other types of working dogs, the “Where to Go” app gives the information with just a click.
U.S. airports are listed, with short directions to the relief area at each. The app also includes links to U.S. Department of Transportation FAQs and updated ADA regulations about service animals, as well as other information.
Anyone can download the free iPhone or Android versions of “Where to Go: a directory of airport animal relief area” on the Working Like Dogs website.
“I know when I travel with my service dog, Whistle, we’ve had some challenges finding the relief area in some airports,” says Marcie Davis, founder of Working Like Dogs, a resource for people with working dogs. “I came up with the idea of the Working Like Dogs Where to Go app as a quick and easy tool anyone could use.” Davis adds that she hopes the new app will help relieve a bit of the stress that can be a part of traveling with a dog.
Davis wanted the app, developed by Apptology, Inc,. to be free so it could reach the largest number of people with assistance dogs and other working dogs.
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