Louisville Muhammed Ali International Airport (SDF) has launched the new pet therapy program, SDF WAGS, to take the some of the stress out of air travel by letting passengers interact with animals while in the terminal both pre- and post-security.

The therapy animals and their handlers are part of Wonderful Animals Giving Support (WAGS) Pet Therapy of Kentucky and will make visits to the airport two to three times weekly to let travelers pet and cuddle the animals.

“As our goal to be the best airport in the country, it’s important that we not only have the best facilities, but offer an exceptional experience to our travelers and visitors,” says Dan Mann, executive director of the Louisville Regional Airport Authority. “Traveling can be stressful and is not always for positive reasons. We believe having therapy animals in the terminal not only elevates our airport, but helps ease the stress, calm the anxious and it hopefully can add a smile to someone’s day.”

Therapy animals and their handlers will wear attire with the SDF WAGS logo as they roam the airport and engage both children and adults.  All therapy animals and their handlers have undergone extensive training and complete a stringent evaluation for possible scenarios they may encounter in airport setting.