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Winnipeg’s James Richardson International Airport is welcoming therapy dogs inside its terminal to provide a relaxed and friendly environment.
The Therapy Dog Program is a partnership with St. John’s Ambulance, which has had its canine program in Manitoba since 1997.
“Our aim is to create an excellent airport experience for everyone who visits our facility,” said Lisa Patterson, manager of customer experience at Winnipeg Airports Authority.
Friendly dogs and their handlers will begin appearing at the airport on Friday, acting as a stress reliever to help ease nervous or anxious travellers.
Similar such programs exist between St. John’s Ambulance and other airports across Canada, including in Halifax, Regina, Saskatoon, and Thunder Bay.
St. John Ambulance therapy dogs also frequently visit hospitals, retirement residences, long-term and short-term care facilities.