There's now a puppy therapy program at Toronto Pearson Airport

Feb 20 2019, 5:34 pm

Some very friendly and furry faces will be greeting travellers at Toronto Pearson Airport.

The international airport has partnered with the St. John Ambulance (SJA) Therapy Dog Program to bring 15 therapy dog teams to YYZ.

The adorable Therapy Dog teams will roam Terminals 1 and 3 to bring enjoyment and help alleviate the anxiety that some passengers experience while travelling, according to the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA), who also add that engaging with a therapy dog has been known to have a positive effect in helping to reduce anxiety and create a sense of calm.

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Along with their handlers wearing the distinctive blue Toronto Pearson Welcome Team vests or jackets, SJA therapy dogs Bella, Cheyenne, Daisey, Ghost, Hunter, Kahlua, Luna, Pumpkin, Ringo Starr, Shep, Snickers, Sofia, and Zorie will roam Terminals 1 and 3 on a flexible, weekly rotation and can be easily spotted by their official red and white SJA Therapy Dog bandanas.

Passengers are welcome to approach the dogs and pet them to help them relax while at the airport.

“We are proud to bring the St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Program to Toronto Pearson as part of the Toronto Pearson Welcome Team,” said Larry Shack, St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Toronto Pearson Program Coordinator. “Our therapy dog teams are honoured to continue our tradition of community service by bringing the benefits of therapy dogs to passengers at Toronto Pearson and helping them feel relaxed and comfortable while travelling through the airport.”

So be sure to look for these cute pups before your next flight.