a pet's life magazine Summer 2017 - Page 14

Travel Canine Companions for Independence F ounded in 1975, Canine Companions for Independence is a non-profit organization enhancing the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships. They open new opportunities and new possibilities by uniting people with dogs in a powerful program that leads them to greater independence. Southwest Airlines has developed a unique partnership and has given Canine Companions for Independence the opportunity for all their service dogs in training to fly as if they are fully -trained service animals - allowing Canine Companions volunteer puppy raisers a chance to fly without a pet fee (savings of $95 per puppy per trip!). At Southwest Airlines, it has always been about heart. It’s about connecting People to what’s important in their lives through friendly, reliable, air travel making us proud to support assistance dogs for people with physical disabilities Here are some tips to consider before flying with the puppies on Southwest Airlines: • Puppy raisers must present a Canine Companions for Independence ID or letter at the airport for travel • Current vaccination record on Canine Companions www.Southwest.com for Independence or veterinarian letterhead must be presented • Puppy raisers are encouraged to call Southwest Reservations (800- I-FLY-SWA or 800-435-9792) to notate reservation prior to travel • Very young/small puppies may need to be transported in carriers • Puppy raisers and dogs will pre-board after Customers with disabilities • Cabin seating restrictions apply (no exit row, must not block egress, etc.) 14 apetslife magazine.com | SUMMER 2017