Flight Volunteers

Are you flying out of Thailand?

Our furry little friends find international forever homes often! All they need is someone to help them get to America or Canada. If you happen to be heading in that direction you could take them with as “additional luggage”

Fly home with an adopted stray dog at no cost to you!

A wonderful way to make a huge difference with very little effort is being a flight volunteer for Rescue Paws; and it couldn’t be any easier!
Making use of flight volunteers enables Rescue Paws to adopt cats and dogs out to various international destinations at a fraction of the cost than transporting them as cargo – so that means more happy homes for more cats and dogs!

Being a flight volunteer means that we hitch a ride with you on your flight from Thailand to wherever you are traveling. We do so at NO COST TO YOU!

We also make all the necessary arrangements to get the cat/ dog to the airport, loaded on the flight and finally collected at your destination. ALL we ask of you is to meet up with our dog handler when you check-in at BKK airport, and then the adopter upon your subsequent arrival – that’s it! Easy, right? But how?

What is required from you?

  • First, keep us in mind when choosing an airline for your flight. Some airlines are more pet-friendly than others, and some are not at all. Also, they differ in price.

China Airlines are at the very top of our ‘viable airlines’ list, as they charge the least and allow the highest number of pets per flight volunteer.

There are other viable, pet-friendly airlines, these include:

  • China Airlines
  • EVA Air
  • Air France
  • Lufthansa
  • Austrian Air
  • KLM
  • Korean Air
  • Asiana Airlines

There may be others too, so feel free to contact us and we’ll find out.


Airlines that don’t allow for general pet travel, or are simply too costly, include:

  • Emirates
  • China Eastern
  • China Southern
  • Air China
  • United Airlines
  • Etihad
  • Cathay Pacific
  • Thai Airways
  • Delta Air
  • Qatar
  • Hainan Airlines
  • ANA
  • Qantas
  • Japan Airlines (JAL)
  • Gulf Air
  • Jet Star
  • Norwegian Air
  • Air India

Please note that some carriers impose a maximum travel hours restriction for pet travel on long haul flights.

PS: it’s not possible to be a FV to the UK as the animals can only travel as manifest cargo – the UK doesn’t allow passengers to travel with animals as excess baggage.

  • If you’re keen to support Rescue Paws as a flight volunteer, be sure to let us know as far in advance as possible once you’ve booked your flight – we’ll need your flight date, destination and airline details.

Timing is of the essence — to get a dog ready for the flight is quite a process.

  • We’ll reply to you to confirm receipt of your offer, as well as if we have a furry friend for your flight.

Rescue Paws 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.

  • From this point forward, ALL further arrangements will be handled by Rescue Paws. You won’t need to do anything else, except send us a copy of your flight e-ticket and passport, which is required to reserve a spot on the flight for the adoptive cat/ dog.
  • At the time of your departure, we will ask you to meet up with our pet relocation agent upon check-in at BKK airport. He will facilitate everything to get the animal checked in on your flight and loaded onto the aircraft.
  • Upon arrival at your destination, the final step is to meet up with the new family to hand over the lucky pet, and share the momentous joy & happiness of uniting them!


If you’d like to support Rescue Paws by being a Flight Volunteer, yo may also reach out to us on adoptions@rescue-paws.org or send us a message on Facebook!

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