Toronto International Travelers To Enjoy Airport’s First Therapy Dog

Lori Ennis
by Lori Ennis
The largest airport in Canada is about to be full of furry hugs and slobbery kisses for stressed travelers, as their first airport therapy dogs will arrive at Toronto Pearson International Airport.

There are some new dogs in town, and travelers heading through terminals 1 and 3 at Toronto Pearson International Airport are going to get to meet them! The airport’s first therapy dogs are coming, and they’ve got plans to soothe anxious travelers with their furry love and adorable puppy dog eyes.

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According to the Greater Toronto Airports Authority, 15 dog teams from the St. John Ambulance will make the rounds in weekly rotation shifts in terminals 1 and 3 at the airport. The dogs will be there to bring stressed travelers some comfort and dde-escalation and of course bring fluffy goodwill to all they encounter.

They’ll be wearing their red and white St. John Ambulance bandanas and their handlers will be wearing noticeable blue Pearson Airport vests so that passengers needing a little bit of comfort after a ‘ruff’ flight (or before!) can find it in the doggy ambassadors.

St. John Ambulance says all passengers, stressed or not, are invited to approach the dogs and interact with them while they’re passing through–they love pets and belly rubs and interacting with humans.

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It’s the first batch for the airport, and a great time as Pearson serves over 50 million passengers a year. It’s one of the top busiest airports in North America, and the second busiest International Airport in North America, second only to JFK in New York.

The agency says passengers are welcome to approach the dogs and pet them. And, we’re going to assume that means lots of good belly rubs and head scratches too! Happy traveling, Toronto!

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