Animal assisted therapy help passengers in San Francisco airport to manage stress? The thought of traveling may be alluring, but being at an airport isn’t.
In there, you go through an overcrowded terminal and sometimes even get to face delayed or canceled flights, which are just disappointing. But don’t worry, San Francisco Airport has a perfect solution to that.
With the Wag Brigade, a team of animal assisted therapy (AAT)/complementary type of therapy, people could now travel all they want without going through so much stress. This organization was established in the year 2013 upon the airport’s official collaboration with the San Francisco SPCA.
Animal Assisted Therapy Idea
However, the idea originated way earlier, from an employee of San Jose Airport!
Without any other motive aside from getting to enjoy the company of his buddy, that worker brought his pup during duty hours. At first, it only served as his assistant until people began to notice and interact with the puppy.
Soon the staff realized that bringing the dog in the airport helped ease their passengers’ tension. Individuals who have come in contact with him showed to be more relaxed. Having learned about this, the San Francisco Airport did not waste time and immediately set up the ‘Wag Brigade’ project.
Recruiting Pets for Therapy
They started recruiting pets and trained them to survive the airport environment. Once the facilitators become confident enough that the animals could manage the noise and the crowds, they then deploy them to terminals to deliver their mission.
The project, as expected, received a positive response. In a proud statement by Jennifer Kazarian, the War Brigade’s supervisor, she shares that as the hounds were brought to their assigned areas, even those who were engrossed with their mobile phones looked up and started interacting with them!
They War Brigade has greatly improved since. They are now with 22 active members. They’ve even branched out to accommodate not cats but pigs! Now, If that doesn’t reduce someone’s stress level, we doubt anything will.
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