As many folks take to the airways this holiday, you can bet some will get a little overwhelmed, especially the kids. For those traveling through or to Denver, the good news is there is help.
More than 100 dogs (one cat) make up the Canine Airport Therapy Squad (CATS) at Denver International Airport. It’s the most extensive airport therapy animal program in the country and is entirely volunteers. The dogs, cat, and their volunteers walk around the airport in four-hour shifts, dispensing cuddles for anxious travelers (or anyone who wants to give a belly rub). While the program was suspended from March 2020 until May 2021, these days, they’re back patrolling the terminals, looking for humans who could use some stress relief.
Let’s meet some of the stress relievers. All photos courtesy of CATS
Here is Jackson the Goldendoodle. He likes dental treats and swimming.
Meet Blue. His favorite treat is Moist and Meaty, and his favorite activity is playing with his sister Amelia
Toby’s favorite treat is Bacon (you go, Toby). His favorite activity is hiking in the mountains.
Xeli’s favorite treat is catnip, and her favorite activity is making friends.
Matilda’s favorite treat is salmon, and being hugged is her favorite activity.
These are just five of the 100 at the airport this weekend. What good news indeed. Today’s JohnKu talks about help in times of need. I hope you all have a super weekend.
Caring by John W. Howell
When stress has you down,
No matter where it occurs . . .
An animal helps.