Flying dogs get a new place to pee at Pearson Airport in Mississauga

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Published November 4, 2021 at 1:01 pm

A four-legged traveller tends to his business in a pet relief area outside Terminal 3 at Pearson Airport in Mississauga. There are 10 such areas at the airport. (Photo: Emma Kesler)

Pearson Airport in Mississauga is providing extra relief for its four-legged travellers.  

The airport announced via Twitter that it opened a new pet relief area last Thursday, bringing to 10 the number of such locations on-site—both inside terminals and outside—where people can take their dogs when they just can’t hold it anymore. 

“We want a comfortable experience for all our passengers, including our four-legged friends,” the social media post reads. “Int’l arriving passengers in Terminal 1 can take their furry companions to our new pet relief area…now that’s lending a helping paw.” 

Officials with the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA), which runs Pearson, say seven of the doggy pee and poop zones are located in post-security areas inside terminals for connecting and departing passengers and pets. The remaining three are outside by the curbs for use prior to entering and after leaving the airport. 

“The in-ground flush system ensures that when an animal uses the area, any residue is removed from the area and dealt with in a similar way to any waste from washroom facilities,” said GTAA spokesperson Beverly MacDonald, adding dog owners are asked to clean up after their pet using plastic bags and a scooper provided. “We’ve had positive feedback on these pet relief areas and are happy to have expanded the program.” 

MacDonald also noted that other initiatives at Pearson this year included upgrading kiosks to be accessible to all, improving the wayfinding technology for those with sight loss and providing dog guide training to familiarize dog guides with airport processes.  

(Photos in story: Greater Toronto Airports Authority)

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