Traveling with a dog takes no extra time! It's a small act that can make a BIG difference in the life of a rescue dog!


Be sure to keep your dog fully enclosed in the provided carrier with their harness and leash on while you are in the airport and on the plane.


Check in as usual, with the addition of a dog on your itinerary (see FAQ below). 


At security place all your carry on items as normal into the bins, then pick up your pup and carry them through the metal detector with you! The leash and carrier need to pass through the x-ray machine, and your dog can be reattached to the leash and placed back in the carrier on the other side.


Board the plane as usual and place the pup in their carrier under the seat in front of you! EASY!



How do I send my flight information to you?

Please fill out a FLIGHT TRANSPORTER APPLICATION (docx) and email to We will then contact you via email to ask for more information if necessary, to give instructions for adding a pup to your flight, and to put you in contact with the LA foster to arrange for a handover of your Waggy West pup.


When will I find out which dog I am transporting?

We will usually know which dog will be your travel buddy 2-3 days in advance of your flight. We will provide you with as much info as we know about them and put you in contact with their foster and/or LA ground transporter before you fly.


How do I add a dog to my reservation?

As a third-party, we can't add a dog to your flight so we need you to call up the airline and request to add a dog in cabin. It is highly recommended that you add the dog in advance as most airlines restrict the total number of animals in cabin per flight, and we don't want your buddy to be turned away at check in! We use standard airline approved, soft-sided carriers and will let you know the breed, age and weight of the dog before you call. Dog tickets range from $100-150, but please wait to get confirmation that we have a pup to fly before you book!


How do I get reimbursed for the dog's ticket?

We will reimburse the cost of the dog's ticket asap! We can either provide a check, or pay by PayPal or Venmo. Please feel free to invoice us ( for PayPal, Waggytail Rescue for Venmo) and we will send the money back to you as quickly as we can.


Do I need to provide anything for the dog while they are flying with me?

We will provide the dog's leash, harness, collar and tags and an airline approved carrier stocked with poop bags and a little food. All of these items should go with the pup when they are handed over to their NYC foster. The dog's paper medical records and any necessary medication will also be in the carrier.


Where will I pick up the dog in LA?

This is arranged on a case-by-case basis. Depending on the time of your flight, where you are staying and if you are able we may either drop the dog off with you the day before your flight or the day of your flight, either at a prearranged location or directly at the airport. 


Who will take care of the dog in NYC?

Dogs that are scheduled to fly are posted as foster needed in NYC several days in advance of their flight. We will put you in contact with the NYC foster via email to arrange a suitable time and place for handover. If you need airport pick up please let us know with as much notice as possible! If you are interested in fostering your flight buddy once you get to NYC, please fill out a foster application (docx) in advance of your flight and email it to! Make sure you read over the sections on this website that explain what fostering entails, and be sure to read over and sign the guidelines at the end of the application.

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