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Airports Are Now Giving Passengers The Chance To Cuddle Pets Before Flight

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    Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina recently offered passengers the opportunity to de-stress by hosting a “Kitten Cuddle,” in which kittens from CMPD Animal Care and Control were available for snuggles.

    Not only did this provide nervous passengers with a way to cope with pre-flight jitters, but it also helped to connect shelter animals with possible adopters and to publicize the need for foster/adoptive homes for these lovable pets.

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    Denver International Airport is home to the Canine Airport Therapy Squad, or CATS, in which volunteers walk around with pups (and one cat!) with the words “Pet Me” on their vests.

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    Or what about Pets Unstressing Passengers? Also known as PUPS for short, this program is located at Los Angeles International Airport.

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    "Therapy dogs and handlers roam the departures levels in the gate areas of each terminal, visiting passengers awaiting flights and providing comfort, as well as airport information," it says on the Los Angeles World Airlines website. "The program educates and informs passengers about the LAX projects and construction-related traffic impacts."

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    Not a dog person? Then you may prefer to travel through Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, where mini therapy horses spend time with nervous passengers and help promote feelings of calm and peace.


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