Ethical Travel – volunteer flight companions for dogs are needed globally

Next time you’re flying, you might have the chance to give a dog a second chance at life!

Organisations around the world are working day and night to create a better future for stray cats and dogs in need of support. Volunteers are needed on every level of the process, from rescuing and rehabilitation to transportation.

Cats and dogs all around the world are waiting to be homed with their adopters, and you can help make it happen. Flight companions are needed to help bring these patient puppers to their forever home. By connecting with an organisation you may be able to accompany one of these sweet souls… fully organised and paid for by the organisation. They make the process easy for you – all you have to do is get in contact.

The animals rescued by these organisations are given a second chance at life, usually being saved from meat farms or inhumane living conditions. If you aren’t a traveller, or don’t have the financial means to donate at the moment, one of the greatest ways you can make an impact is to share the existence of these organisations – especially with anyone you know who is a frequent traveller.

Before your next trip, search ‘volunteer flight companion’ to see if you can help support cats or dogs in countries you are planning to visit… you may even save a dog on your layover. Please try and contact these organisations at least a few weeks in advance.

These are some non-profit organisations that could use your help.

Rescue P.A.W.S
“If you have been staying in Thailand, or are planning a trip to Thailand in the near future, you may be able to help a dog or cat on their journey to their new home by becoming a flight volunteer! This just means that you would be letting a dog or cat fly with you to your destination (organized and paid for by Rescue P.A.W.S.)…”

Soi Dog Foundation
“Over 100 adopted animals are currently waiting patiently at Soi Dog’s shelter in northern Phuket to fly to homes in Europe, the USA and Canada…”

Dog Rescue Thailand
“We want to welcome you to join our team, for a shorter or a longer period of time. You are needed in the shelter to socialize the dogs, cuddle, activate and teach them to walk in a leash…”

Elephant Nature Park
“Being a flight volunteer doesn’t involve any additional costs for you and we will organize everything for you and meet you at the airport to help you check the dog in. At your destination you collect the dog, go through customs and the owners will be waiting there for you. You will be rewarded by a lovely reunion between dog and owner…”

Save Korean Dogs
“Traveling from Seoul, South Korea, to the US or Canada? You can be a flight volunteer!…”

CB Rescue Foundation
“We are in need of Flight Companions for the following DIRECT flights. (Air Canada, Air Transat, WestJet)…”

Pegadas e Bigodes
“We have an increasing number of dogs being adopted to other countries, in particular Belgium and the Netherlands. We need to fly them to their new homes but of course they can’t travel on their own – they need a flight companion!…”

No Dog Left Behind
“Thank you for your interest in volunteering with No Dogs Left Behind in China…” From emergency response to the dog finally being adopted and everything in between our team is working transparently to allow our followers to be a part of the mission…”

To add an organisation to this list, click here.

Alternatively, you can also help these organisations by working hands-on with the animals while abroad, or you can donate monetarily to help support rescues, medical rehabilitation, food, shelter, and costs of transportation.

Share this article with somebody you know who travels frequently!

Have any organisations you’d like to add? Comment below!

Published by Cassidy Holland

Holistic Health Coach Alternative Energy Healer

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