A therapy dog program at the airport is taking off

John McDevitt
April 30, 2019 - 7:30 pm
A pilot program to help reduce stress for travelers at Philadelphia International Airport is taking off.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A pilot program to help reduce stress for travelers at Philadelphia International Airport is taking off.    

The program is called the Wagging Tails Brigade, and there are four registered therapy dog and their handlers in the program.

Dressed in capes with the words "Pet Me" on it, Cosmo, Lilly, Zeek and Zeus roam the airport offering comfort to those who want a furry friend to help ease the tensions of traveling. 

A pilot program to help reduce stress for travelers at Philadelphia International Airport is taking off.
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"Sometimes things are a bit hectic here, so when they see a dog they are actually allowed to pet they just gush and go crazy. And the dog comes through and there is a mob of passengers that want to interact with the dogs and their handlers," said Leah Douglas, the director of image at the airport. 

Each dog has a trading card.    

The program is a partnership with the Alliance of Therapy Dogs. The airport has plans to expand the program, adding more certified dogs when they become available.