Make airline travel safe for pets
$2,767 of $15,000 goal
First off I want to thank you so much for all the love and support I've received in the last few weeks in finding Justice for Jacob. The overwhelming amount of heart felt comments and messages I've received has showed me that my best buddy Jacob was meant for so much more in this life than the short seven years we had together. I'm heartbroken that I've lost him and that will never change, but I've also found true passion in his unconditional love and happiness.
The airline originally reached out two weeks later to refund Jacob's expenses and
agreed to work with me to make changes in their PetSafe program, focusing on training and safety of our beloved pets. However, they now want me to sign a form dismissing them from the case, allowing no further action to be taken, and above all agreeing that they are not liable for this terrible tragedy. I will not be signing this document, as I want my voice to continue being heard and see real changes happen.
I've also done research on the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration). Pets are considered carry-on baggage, unless they are service animals. Therefore, if they can not fit in a crate under the seat in front of you, they must be loaded as cargo. This is such a shame, considering hundreds of thousands of us dog lovers may even say we love our pups more than most people. Although most pups travel in cargo safe and sound, from Jan 2016- Oct 2016, 23 pets were killed in the cargo of an airplane. That's 23 heartbroken families who lost their very best friend, and that is a number I cannot bare to see. I am working to start a petition for the FAA in hopes to change this law that has been in place since 1996, giving airlines an option to allow pet friendly seating.
My goal now is to become an avid supporter in the efforts to improve aviation safety and protocol for our pets. I'd like to start a non-profit foundation to help make these changes and ensure longevity in the safety and health of our pets who need to travel.
Setting up an organization such as this requires a lot of legal work, so I am reaching out to my supporters so together we can make this happen.
Thank you so much and please feel free to reach out if you have any questions.
United Airlines has now has asked me to sign an agreement stating I forever release them, taking no further action, and above all agreeing that they are NOT liable for Jacob's passing, in turn for the refund of his vet expenses, crate costs, etc. I will not be signing this document. I will not stand down. I may not be able to get a huge corporation to accept responsibility for their actions, but I will continue to do whatever it takes to make my voice heard and make a difference in pet safety during airline travel.
A HUGE thank you to all who have shared and supported this important cause. Please continue to reach out with any comments, questions, or advice you may have. Together we can make sure our pups are treated like the unconditional, loving creatures they are.
For those of you who didn't know this is my daughter. She has over half a million shares on her original posts! If anyone can make a change in airline transportation for our pets it's Kathleen Considine! As you know she recently lost her best friend Jacob and has been working tirelessly not only trying to find out how this happen but why. During her research she found not only some FAA rules are outdated but some airlines don't even follow ones that are in place. Therefore Kathleen has started a GoFundMe account to offset legal expenses to start a foundation to help change outdated regulations, hold airlines accountable for following regulations that are in place and to make sure are pets are treated safely during the entire transportation process.