- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 5, 2016

HOUSTON (AP) - Trained dogs will be making the rounds at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston as a pet-friendly way to help stressed-out travelers relax.

The Houston Airport System on Tuesday announced the therapy dog program.

Volunteer dog teams, led by handlers in bright orange shirts, will visit various terminals and gates. A system statement says passengers will have an opportunity to pet and interact with the four-legged ambassadors.

Airport official Ken Whittaker says the goal is to make traveling less stressful and more pleasant.

The dogs will be wearing blue bandanas. All volunteer teams are registered with the Alliance of Therapy Dogs, a national therapy dog group with more than 14,000 members. Such volunteers also provide dog-assisted comfort at hospitals, special needs centers, schools and nursing homes.




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