Now more than ever, people are choosing to travel with their pets. A brand new addition at the Albuquerque Sunport is making life easier for pet lovers by giving their pets a place to go.
Until now, travelers like Karen Cushnyr and her dog Garnet, have to leave airport security and go to the pet relief station near baggage claim for Garnet to go potty.
“Once you get through security and sit for a couple of hours and then you have a several hour flight, you don’t have time in between connections,” said Cushnyr.
Now, that’s all about to change. On Tuesday, the Albuquerque Sunport unveiled a new facility to help your dog relieve itself in the terminal.
“Whether you are a service animal or a therapy dog, K9 ambassadors or someone traveling with their pet as well, this room is going to be really, really special and allow them to do their business in peace and quiet on the secure side of the airport,” said Sunport’s Aviation Director Nyika Allen.
The pet relief area, located at gate A7, is a place where people’s animals can do their business.
“It has synthetic grass, waste disposal station and even a wonderful view of the Bosque that was painted for us so we’re very excited,” said Allen.
The relief station even has a drainage system and a fire hydrant to help encourage pets to “go.”
“We really hope this eases the stress of traveling for people with service dogs and anyone traveling with their pet,” said Allen. “And we know it can be stressful, so we hope this makes this simpler and more accessible.”
An addition like this is going to make traveling for Garnet and Cushnyr a lot less stressful.
“Those of us with disabilities fight hard and for very long for improvements like this, and we are very appreciative of this project made,” said Cushnyr.
That’s not the only new addition to the Sunport. They also recently added a private area for moms to breastfeed their babies. Officials said they want to make the airport accessible for all travelers.