In 2015, Edmonton International Airport officially cemented our pet therapy program as a permanent fixture. EIA led the way as the first airport in Canada to spread some pet cheer with our passengers, and we’ve since advised on multiple other airports’ pilot projects. We now have nine teams from the Pet Therapy Society of Northern Alberta who come into EIA on a rotating schedule. We’ve matched the dog’s vests and bandanas with t-shirts for the handlers and trading cards with pictures and stats (just for the pups). The society currently services local hospitals, schools and correctional facilities using pet therapy to calm nerves and brighten the day of those who meet them. Currently they have over 60 trained therapy animals including dogs, cats and even rabbits!
Find out more about our partnership at flyeia.com/2015-annual-report, page 30.