On Wednesday, travellers at Pearson International Airport were met with some adorable puppy love, as the airport introduced therapy dogs to reduce travellers’ stress.
According to The Toronto Star, 15 teams from the St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Program will be meandering around terminals 1 and 3 on a weekly rotation to soothe stressed travellers. On Wednesday, nine therapy dogs named Bella, Cheyenne, Ghost, Daisey, Hunter, Ringo Starr, Zorie, Kahlua, and Sofia celebrated the launch of the program at Pearson.
Welcome to the team! We are partnering with the St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Program @toronto_T_Dogs to bring the friendly faces of 15 therapy dog teams to YYZ. #therapydogs #dogswithjobs pic.twitter.com/XmrPPhnVHn
— Toronto Pearson (@TorontoPearson) February 20, 2019
“We know that travelling can be stressful, and a friendly visit with a therapy dog can make all the difference in the world to anxious travellers,” Vice-President of Customer and Terminal Services at Pearson explained in a statement. “Seeing people smile when they meet and experience the unconditional love of a therapy dog in our terminals is both comforting and rewarding.”
The therapy dogs and their handlers have been added to Person airport’s Welcome Team, which is a group of over 300 volunteers who greet passengers and help direct them through the terminals. You’ll be able to recognize these pet-able puppers by their red and white St. John Ambulance bandanas, and the agency welcomes passengers to pet the dogs while making their way through the airport.