The dogs and cat that greet passengers at Denver International Airport are not just cute, they are also stressed out. They are now world recordholders.

The canine airport therapy squad has a spot in the Guinness World Records book as a result of their work. The airport therapy animal program is the largest of it's kind.

There were 87 animals in the animal therapy program at the end of the year. That gave the airport a boost.

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Phil Washington said, "We are extremely proud of our CATS program and thankful for all the volunteers who donate their time to bring joy to our passengers and employees." We are looking forward to welcoming even more teams as we grow the program.


How did CATS clinch the title?

There are animal therapy programs at many airports. The Pets Unstressing Passengers (PUP) program is hosted at Los Angeles International Airport.

The largest airport animal therapy program has always gone back and forth between Los Angeles and Denver. Covid had an effect on us.

Volunteers left the state. Some dogs are no longer with us. Denver had more teams than Los Angeles. There are 75 teams, 12 new teams and interest from other people.

We will be neck and neck with Denver for the biggest program. The Denver CATS program won the title for the largest program. We are very proud of you, because it feels good that LAX was there to help you.

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There could be a lot of competition. The airport is growing its program with new volunteer teams and expects to retain its title as the largest airport therapy animal program.

Denver International Airport was given a certificate by Guinness acknowledging it as the world record holder. Denver International Airport doesn't know if it will display the original certificate in the terminal for the public to see. The news of the award is on the CATS page of the Denver International Airport website, which also contains photos and information, such as breed, birthdate and pet peeves.


Denver has an animal therapy program that is the largest in the world. The San Jose International Airport hosted therapy animals after the events of Sept. 11, 2001. There are 25 dogs and two cats in the terminal today.

The animal therapy program at San Francisco International Airport is called the wag brigade. The team also includes a pig and a rabbit.

The program started on National Cat Day in October of 2015. Teams have donated more than 1,250 hours of time since the program resumed in 2022.

The program currently includes 84 members and 33 breeds as well as one cat, along with their human handler.

The program is designed to relieve stress and delight passengers. Each pet in a plaid vest wants to make traveling a little lessruff.

Even when we might be feeling stressed or anxious, our four-legged friends have an amazing ability to make us smile. The Denver Airport has a therapy squad that runs with it. It is a pleasure to recognize the hard-working dogs as well as their owners who give up their time to make travelers smile.