Paws for a second: Animal therapy is helping to relieve stress, one traveler at a time.


dog therapy airportAs much as we love travelling, airports are usually a chaotic mess and can be completely overwhelming. To ease high anxiety levels, the Pet Access League Society (PALS) launched Pre-Board Pals with the Calgary International Airport, where therapy dogs visit on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays to mingle with stressed-out travellers awaiting their flights. PALS is a non-profit charitable organization based in Calgary that aims to enhance quality of life through pet therapy and holds special events as well as regular programming. “Studies have proven that petting a dog actually reduces a person’s blood pressure, heart rate, anxiety and stress and promotes the release of a number of ‘feel good’ hormones,” says Diana Segboer, executive director for PALS. Besides feeling much more relaxed before your flight, you’ll be able to count down the minutes with a new furry friend!