On occasion, we have dogs and cats who are unable to return to their packs due to health issues or inability to survive in the wild. This means that we become responsible for their care, but spaces in our kennels are limited and a strain is put on our already minimal resources. Our Adoptions Coordinator works hard to find the right home for our animals, both locally and internationally, searching for those special individuals who will care for our dogs as much as we do.
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.).
Sending dogs internationally takes a lot of time, money, and organizing, and without the help of our flight volunteers, many animals would not be able to make it to their forever home abroad.
Where can adoptable dogs and cats go?
You can be a flight volunteer if you are travelling to one of the following areas:
Will being a flight volunteer cost me?
It does not cost you to be a flight volunteer. The only fee you will incur is the price of the flight which you would be booking or have previously booked.
Will I get to pick the animal that I take?
You will not be able to pick the animal you take as a flight volunteer, as it will depend on which animals are being adopted. Rescue P.A.W.S. is also part of an international flight volunteer network in Thailand that shares flight opportunities amongst its members and organizations. If we don’t have a potential furry passenger ourselves, there may very well be one somewhere else!
What is the process of being a flight volunteer?
We make all the necessary arrangements to get the animal to the airport, loaded onto the flight, and collected at the final destination. All we ask of you is to meet up with our dog handler at the check-in at BKK airport, who will get the animal checked in and loaded onto the aircraft, and to then meet with the adopter upon your subsequent arrival.
You will need to send us a copy of your flight e-ticket and passport which we will need to reserve a spot on the flight for the animal.
Will Rescue P.A.W.S. pay for my flight?
Unfortunately, we are completely donation-run and cannot afford to pay for your flight.
What airlines accept dogs?
The airlines that we recommend and work with are:
We must stress that the entire flight must be by the same airline.
For those who have not already booked their flight, we recommend EVA Air as they offer competitive pricing and allow for a higher number of animals to be taken with one passenger.
If you would like to be a flight volunteer, we ask that you would give us enough time to organize adoptions and necessary paperwork before your departure date. Please let us know your flight details as soon as possible.
Terms and conditions apply for each of these airlines. For more details, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do I have to be a resident of the country to which I am flying in order to be a flight volunteer?
No! As long as you are flying to the USA, Canada, or Europe, you can be a flight volunteer.