Airport now has therapy dogs

Nov 8, 2013

A new program designed to comfort travelers is up and running at the Buffalo-Niagara International Airport.

Therapy dogs come to the Buffalo Niagara International Airport.
Credit WBFO News photo by Chris Caya

Buffalo's airport is now one of seven airports across the country where passengers can interact with therapy dogs. 

The SPCA's Paws for Love program coordinator Deborah Braun said she's spent the past week observing volunteers and their dogs working at the airport.

Deborah Braun surrounded by airport therapy dogs.
Credit Photo by Chris Caya

Braun said flying and traveling is stressful for everyone.

"I see kids running all over the place.  When they see the dogs, it brings a moment of peace and quiet," Braun said.  "The employees here have very stressful jobs.  I see them smile when they can spend a minute or two playing with the dogs."

Nearly two dozen dogs have been evaluated and approved to work at the Buffalo airport making it the second largest program in the nation.  Braun says the first therapy dog to work at an airport was in California after 9/11.