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Readers’ report: Pet relief area at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL)

Though we pass through Atlanta fairly frequently (and who doesn’t?), I’ve never had a long enough layover to check out the pet relief areas, so I was very grateful to get reports and pictures from two Dog Jaunt readers.

According to the airport’s web site, ATL has two pet relief areas: “[A] 1,000-square-foot dog park is located in the Ground Transportation area on Terminal South outside of doors W1 and W2. The fully fenced-in park offers biodegradable bags along with flowers, grass, rocks, benches and two original pieces of art. An additional pet area is located on the lower level of Terminal North outside door LN2 to the right of the building.” Here’s a map of the main terminal, showing doors W1, W2 and LN2. As you’ll see, a pet relief area is referred to outside door LN2, but the one on the west end of the terminal (the one both Dog Jaunt readers visited, it turns out) isn’t mentioned.

Reader Jenny says, “To get there, exit the passenger terminal SOUTH baggage claim. Walk across the street to the new Ground Transportation Center (follow signs: Skytrain to Rental Car Center). The new pet relief area is directly left and slightly behind the Ground Transportation Center entrance. I almost missed it.” Sharon reports, “If you follow the signs for the car rental monorail which is in a separate building from the terminal the pet relief area is to the left. There were no other dogs there at the time, so Chester, our 11 pound Havanese, was able to run around off leash before getting on the plane.”

The area is indeed fenced, and contains benches, a poop bag dispenser, trash cans, and two enormous dog sculptures:

Here’s a close-up of the more distant sculpture, because a picture of a Havanese will always improve your day:

Thank you, Jenny and Sharon! I’ve added this post to Dog Jaunt’s ongoing series of reviews of airport pet relief areas. To see others, visit Dog Jaunt’s handy guide to airport pet relief areas.

7 comments

  • Erin Hare

    I’m flying into atl in 2 weeks on our way to our new home on the west coast. Flying in on delta and have a 1 hour layover. Where is the puppy area located, will we have time? I don’t want to have my poor Jack-Rat wait 7 hours to do her business 🙁

  • Hi, Erin — Take a look at the blog post and you’ll see that the readers who wrote about it included a description of how to get there. There’s a link, too, to a description of how to get there on the airport’s web site. I’d ask your airline which terminal they land in, then look at a map of the airport (http://www.atlanta-airport.com/Passenger/terminal/ ). Find on it the approximate locations of the pet relief areas, and that will give you a sense of how long it will take to get out and then back in. As you’re exiting the secured area, LOOK AT THE SECURITY LINE! If it’s crazy-long, consider instead putting pee pads down in a big bathroom stall (and cleaning up thoroughly afterwards, of course).

  • Sheila

    Mary-Alice,

    The pee pad idea is incredibly brilliant!! I can’t believe I didn’t think of this before. I rarely have time to make it to the ATL dog relief area and I always feel horrible for little Zoe, my Cavalier/Papillon rescue girl. You have just solved my biggest travel issue!

  • Beth

    Hi there! I was curious how difficult it is to get back into the airport once you have exited with your pup and need to go back through security to make your connecting flight? I’d assume that as long as your have your ID and boarding pass everything would be super easy to make it back into the airport? Just curious because I am moving in two weeks with my Westie (who has never been on an airplane before) and we are traveling through Atlanta to LAX, but we have a 3.5 hour layover so I’d like to stay with her outside for as long as I possibly can before putting her back in her carrier! Thanks a lot! Your posts are so helpful!

  • Hi, Beth! It’s just the same as going through the first time (that said, if you’re traveling with a companion, they can hang on to most of your gear while you head out, reducing the amount of effort you have to make getting things onto and off of the conveyor belt). Remember, as you said, to bring your ID and boarding pass out with you, because of course you’ll need them to get back in. If you take a bottle of water out with you, remember to empty it before returning. I generally set aside about an hour and 15 minutes to get out, let Chloe take a quick bathroom break, and then reenter — unless it’s a very small airport, in which case it takes much less time. As you’re about to exit, size up the security line and how well (or not) it’s moving, and that’ll allow you to tune your timing. But you’re right — a 3.5 hour layover cries out for an exit and a good walk.

  • judy hoffman

    It would be nice if the airport, and Delta specifically, had a in-terminal pet relief area as San Diego Airport does. Afterall, they charge for your pet to travel under your seat.

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