Passengers With Paws Program Launches at Logan

Pet owners can feel safer bringing their pets to Logan.

Massport Fire Rescue, based on emergent trend and an in depth survey, has designed and implemented a first of its kind in the country “Passengers with Paws” Pet Safety First Aid Program at Boston Logan International Airport.

“The demographic data compiled by the comprehensive needs assessment review indicated that 1,500 – 2,000 pets that travel through Logan on a monthly basis identifies pets as airport customers,” Fire Rescue Chief, Robert Donahue, said.

“The pet categories includes service, companion and show animals,” the Chief noted.

The needs assessment analysis of pet related emergencies at Logan was conducted by Massport Fire Rescue in conjunction with the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, the Animal Rescue League of Boston, the Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Center of New England with assistance from the airlines operating out of Logan.

Logan’s Pet Program not only entails medical response and assistance, it also has a transportation system built in to take pets to nearby hospitals.

In addition, the Pet Program includes training to avoid pets escaping from handlers.

Pet Ports have been installed outside, lower levels of Logan’s four terminals.  Each Pet Port has signage containing general information on pet care and an emergency medical phone number 911.

“Training and basic life support initiatives were the key elements needed to put this program on line,” Massport Aviation Director, Ed Freni said.

“Passengers with Paws is a unique program that addresses pet related needs at Logan,” Freni said.

“Massport is proud to be the first airport in the country to implement this program for pet assistance,” Freni added.