Airport offers furry “Pet Me!” therapy

Pets Unstressing Passengers (PUP) program launched

Los Angeles International Airport has come up with a unique way to take away any stress passengers may be feeling before their flight. It has introduced a Pets Unstressing Passengers (PUP) program this week, where volunteers and their dogs stroll through the airport’s departure areas, the dogs wearing red vests with the words “Pet Me!” on them.
The idea is to “bring joy to everyone at the airport”, in the words of the director in charge of the program. It is a partnership between the airport and Therapy Dogs, an organisation that provides dogs trained to give affection and comfort to people in stressful situations – normally in places like hospitals, nursing homes, hospices and schools. It has started in anticipation of National Volunteer Week on April 21 to 27.
The program is similar to pet programs at airports in Miami and San Jose and will be ongoing. One passenger said it was a welcome relief after a stressful drive to the airport.
[photo courtesy Los Angeles International Airport]


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