1> What is a flight volunteer?
Flight volunteers (also known as flight parents, companions, or angels) are an integral part of the adoption process – they help our rescue dogs unite with their forever families in Canada. The process is simple – the traveler books the dog(s) on their ticket as excess baggage. We’ll take care of all expenses and arrangements. All we ask is that you arrive at the airport slightly earlier on the day of departure so we may provide you with everything you need. Our volunteers will be there to meet you in person.
2> Does it cost anything to be a flight volunteer?
No, it doesn’t cost you a dime. Our organization will take care of all fees, expenses, and arrangements.
3> Will Free Korean Dogs cover the cost of my ticket if I become a flight volunteer?
While FKD covers all fees and expenses associated with our rescue dog(s), we do not cover the cost of the traveler’s airline ticket.
4> How is my information used?
Free Korean Dogs respects your privacy. The information provided is used only for flight booking/coordination purposes and is not shared outside our organization.
5> Can I volunteer if I have a connecting flight before flying from Seoul to Toronto/Vancouver?
Yes! As long as the final segment of your flight is direct from Seoul to Toronto/Vancouver, you are able to participate as a flight volunteer. (For example: If you are flying from Busan to Seoul to Toronto). We ask that you have a minimum layover time of 3 hours to ensure you don’t miss your connecting flight.
6> Can I volunteer if I have a connection in between my flight from Seoul to Toronto/Vancouver?
Unfortunately, no. Traveling is stressful, especially for dogs. For their safety and comfort, we only send our dogs on flights that travel directly from Seoul to Toronto (or Vancouver).
7> How many dogs am I allowed to bring?
The number of dogs depends on the airline and availability of cargo space for the dog(s). Korean Airlines typically allows 2 dogs per passenger (maximum 2 per flight) while Air Canada allows 1 per passenger (and maximum 1 per flight). As space is often limited, it is best to inform us of your travel plans as soon as possible in order to ensure our dogs are able to secure a place on the flight.
8> Does the dog fly in cabin with me?
Under airline requirements, only dogs who are within a certain size and weight are permitted to fly in cabin. It would depend on whether or not we have a dog under these criteria in need of a flight volunteer.
9> What happens if I have questions during the process?
Our staff and volunteers will guide you every step of the way – from providing you with all information prior to your travel date, meeting you in person at the airport, and communicating with you via messaging system when you land in Canada.