Milwaukee’s Mitchell Airport has a pet relief area (well, after a fashion, as you’ll see), but you would never know it from the airport’s website and signage. There was nothing in my usual sources about MKE’s pet relief area, and the airport’s information desk is just a collection of brochures and maps. I ended up picking up the white courtesy phone and throwing myself on the operator’s mercy. Here’s what I learned.
When you arrive at MKE, make your way to the baggage claim area. Orient yourself so you’re facing the airport roadway, exit the terminal, and turn right. If the weather is grim, and you want to walk inside the terminal as long as possible, the exit nearest the pet relief area is Door 5. The official pet relief area is a patch of lawn at the end of the terminal — you’ll see one end of it as you walk down the sidewalk, and when you reach the corner of the terminal, you’ll see the ubiquitous green pole holding poop bags and a small trash bag.
And that’s all there is, folks. No fence, no bench, and certainly none of the extras your best pet relief areas have, like a source of water. The pet relief area is — as is so often the case — right next to the official smoking area, so if you’re smoke-sensitive, you may prefer to cross the airport roadway to this patch of grass you’ll find in front of the parking garage.
MKE has plenty of grassy spots, in fact, including some at the other end of the terminal, if you get turned around and head to the left instead of the right. Be sure to bring your own poop bags with you, or pick one up from the official area’s green pole, if you choose an alternative option.
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.