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Pet relief area at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)

PHX "Bone Yard"

What better way to celebrate New Year’s Eve than to find out about another airport’s pet relief area? Today it’s all about the pet relief areas at Phoenix Sky Harbor International. There are three, one each for Terminals 2, 3 and 4. We flew into Terminal 4, so I went in search of the “Bone Yard” (the other two areas are called the “Pet Patch” and the “Paw Yard”).

It’s on the west side of the baggage claim area, which is a pity, since you arrive on the east side of the baggage claim area. Walk to Door 1, exit the building and turn left. Walk along the sidewalk, and just past the outdoor smoking area is a large, fenced rectangular area with a wrought iron sign saying “The Bone Yard.”

The area is largely covered in crushed gravel, but the center portion is covered in finely-shredded bark set into a bone-shaped perimeter. There are poop bags and a trashcan, and there are a couple of sets of fountains, suitable for both humans and dogs. It’s a pleasant place. I noticed only a couple of negatives. The front door is currently stuck slightly open, and the handicapped-accessible door stays open for a long time once the access button is pushed, so keep your dog on her leash, even if you’re alone. Also, a bench would be very helpful, not only for weary humans, but for a clean-ish place to set a purse or carrier on.

The sidewalk continues well past the pet relief area, so you and your dog can stretch your legs a bit once your mission is accomplished.

This post is part of an ongoing series of reviews of airport pet relief areas we’ve visited. To see others, visit Dog Jaunt’s handy guide to airport pet relief areas.


  • Rebecca

    I found Phoenix (PHX) to be a great place for my Papillon. I thought he would have to be in the carrier at all times while in the airport and on buses, but the bus driver informed me that they are very pet friendly, that dogs are allowed on-leash throughout the facility (as long as they behave well), and he helped me on with my bags and dog – on leash. Benji loved it there, and it really helped his quality-of-trip to only need to be in the carrier when boarding and on the plane. He had a great time seeing everything and greeting everyone who would pay attention, and a lot of kids enjoyed petting him. What a better way to be, PHX!

  • Tamiko

    Hi Mary-Alice:

    Thank you for this. Do you happen to remember how long it took you to get back to the gate for your connecting flight?

    Thank you much!

  • Hi, Tamiko! I’m sorry — I don’t, in this particular case, but I usually set aside an hour to exit the airport, find the pet relief area, and get back to my gate, and that’s always worked for us.

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