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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

SFO Calls on Therapy Dogs to Help Stressed Out Travelers This Holiday Season

Posted By on Tue, Dec 3, 2013 at 12:15 PM

click to enlarge The doctor is in - SPCA
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Finally, a cure for all that holiday travel trauma.

Okay "cure" might be a strong word, but San Francisco is at least offering something that will alleviate all that anxiety you will definitely experience from cancelled flights, lost luggage, unruly travelers, and don't forget all those gifts you will have to unwrap at security.


That's right, the San Francisco SPCA is staging therapy dogs at San Francisco International Airport starting today as a way to try to relax hurried travelers at the peak of their holiday tension.

The super chill pups currently work with volunteers as part of the SPCA's Animal Assisted Therapy Program, which visits hospitals, nursing homes, senior centers, psychiatric facilities, developmentally disabled centers, convalescent homes and youth facilities to help heal patients and residents.

But this group of certified therapy dogs stationed at the airport were handpicked to be part of the new Wag Brigade Program specifically with the goal to soothe travelers and remedy their stress and worry. At the very least, seeing an adorable super chill dog at the airport will make flying a little more bearable.

"The eight therapy dogs that will initiate this program have been carefully selected for their temperament and airport suitability," said Krista Maloney, spokeswoman for the SPCA. "The dogs will wear personalized vests that read "Pet Me!" and identify them as Wag Brigade volunteers."

No need to pop that holiday Valium before you board your plane this year.

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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.

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