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Several United States airports once again offer therapy dogs

Several United States airports once again offer therapy dogs
Credit: MCO Twitter

If you’re traveling soon, you understandably may be feeling a little bit nervous about getting on that plane once again. Now, several United States airports are once again offering therapy dogs to help passengers have a more pleasant experience! Is your airport offering this service?

Therapy dogs in airports

Orlando Airport Introduces "Paw Pilots" Therapy Dogs
one of the therapy dogs you can meet (and pet!) at MCO. Credit: MCO Twitter

Have you ever seen a furry, friendly dog in the airport with a jacket on that says “pet me?”

Many United States airports are involved in a dog therapy program that allows passengers to destress a bit while waiting for their flights.

Credit: KtP writer Susan

After all, who doesn’t want to say hello to those furry balls of love!

In contrast to service dogs, who are there to do a specific job, therapy dogs’ main job is to be loved and petted!

Credit: Monica

Therapy dogs have been in use in airports since the 9/11 attacks on America. They were established to help nervous passengers in the wake of the attack. But, they have since become so popular that many airports have implemented their own programs.

Every airport involved in dog therapy programs have different schedules, so check with your local airport before flying to determine if you can take advantage of this great service!

Which United States airports offer therapy dogs?

Jora, a lab mix, shows off her “Pet me” vest. Don’t mind if I do! Credit: MCO Twitter

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, United States airports are slowly returning the therapy dog programs.

There are currently 37 airports that are offering therapy dog programs! The list continues to grow, so if your airport isn’t on here yet, keep an eye out for it to be re-added!

Farley, the Beared Collie mix, sure looks friendly! Credit: MCO Twitter

If you’re traveling to Disney World, and you have the post Disney blues after riding the tragic express back to Orlando International Airport, you’re in luck because the “Paw Pilots” therapy program is available!

Have a look at the current list of participating airports as of August 2021, shared by @crisalcivar on Twitter.

Credit: Cristina Alcivar

Is your airport currently offering a therapy dog program? Will you take advantage of this program the next time you fly? Let us know on Kenny the Pirate’s Facebook page, or join our crew and continue the discussion!

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