Southampton Airport today launches a new therapy dog program. The Canine Crew is a group of therapy dogs from the non-profit Therapy Dogs Nationwide.
The airport trialed the initiative in 2019. However, the furry-faced crew is now a semi-permanent program with Canine Crew visiting the airport once a week.
The program is on a mission to help soothe nervous fliers and passengers with hidden disabilities. The therapy dogs are thoroughly temperament tested and highly experienced in their art to bring comfort.
Meet the new Southampton Airport Canine Crew Team members
In the image above meet the lovable Southampton Caine Crew Team members:
- Alan Smart and Casper the Golden Retriever
- John and Wendy Bruty with Elvis the Coonhound
- Nicola Williams with Billie the English Mastiff
- Rob Moore with Ben and the English Mastiff (light brown)
- Mandy and Tony with Tait the Rescue mixed breed
Look out for the dogs at arrivals and departures with their volunteer handlers.
Therapy Dogs enhance the wellbeing of travelers
Commenting on the new of Canine Crew, Neil Garwood, Managing Director at Southampton Airport, said:
“Having therapy dogs in our airport will not only benefit our passengers but also our staff. Four-legged companions are well known for boosting general happiness, wellbeing as well as mood and we are very excited to welcome them to the Southampton Airport family.”
Paulette Hockley, Placement Officer at Therapy Dogs Nationwide, added:
“The launch of Southampton Airport’s Canine Crew will coincide with fundraising for the national pet charity, Blue Cross which has a rehoming center that is local to Southampton Airport.”
The start of Southampton Airport’s Canine Crew will coincide with the national pet charity, Blue Cross, which has a rehoming center.
Southampton Airport will feature a ‘Southampton Blue Cross Rescue Dog of the Week.’ Take a look at their social media channels to see dogs who require re-homing.
Congrats to the first airport therapy dog program launched in 2020!