Therapy Dog Program

Houston Airports FUR-iendly Volunteers

 

Therapy Dogs Take the Fright out of Flight

The Houston Airports Pet Therapy Dog Program, a team of four-legged volunteers greeting passengers, is a valued comfort at our airports. 

To enhance the customer experience at the airports, the airport system partnered with the Alliance of Therapy Dogs to help ease the anxiety and stress some passengers experience when traveling.Our four-legged volunteers and their well-trained companions are one of the many ways Houston Airports provides passengers with a 4-star customer experience. 

Unlike security dogs that passengers are not allowed to touch, the Houston Airports therapy dogs are all about being rubbed and loved on.Throughout the week, volunteer dog teams, readily identifiable by the handlers' bright orange polo shirt and the dog's blue bandana and "Pet Me" vest, make their way to the various terminals and gates throughout the airport offering passengers an opportunity to pet and interact with the furry ambassadors.   They also have airport security badges like their two-legged employee counterparts.

All Therapy Dog program teams are registered with the Alliance of Therapy Dogs, a national therapy dog registry with more than 14,000 members in the U.S., Puerto Rico, the U.S. Territories and Canada. This group of dedicated volunteers provide comfort at hospitals, special needs centers, schools and nursing homes - and is now available at both Bush and Hobby Airports. Houston's airports join a growing number of similar programs at other airports such as Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Antonio. Learn more about the Alliance of Therapy Dogs here.

Connect With Us

For more information about the program, give us a "bark" or an email will also do at viorica.ghica@houstontx.gov.

George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH)

Canine Friends
Shotgun
Cooper
Mia
Sawyer
Minka
Boo
Clyde
Maggie

William P. Hobby (HOU)

Canine Friends
Abby
Rebel
Mandy
Minka
Bailey