In wake of the tragedy in Las Vegas, Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) has announced their method of helping passengers cope.
The 72 rescue dogs currently a part of the PUP Program (Pets Unstressing Passengers) roam the terminals offering a special kind of comfort. The dogs range in sizes from the smallest Chihuahuas to a big Saint Bernard, and they all love helping busy travelers find time to smile and relax.
— LAX Airport (@flyLAXairport) July 28, 2017
The team's red vests read "Pet Me!" in bold letters, and they're rarely seen without a crowd of adoring fans. Their job is to bring a little joy to the lives of airport visitors--especially when their flights are delayed or they're faced with debilitating national news.
The program started in 2013, and the dogs roam the airport halls in shifts. With continued national devastation including destruction from hurricanes and the massacre in Las Vegas, the airport announced on Twitter the LAX Pups will be an even more frequent sight.
Due to senseless shooting in Las Vegas, there are extra #LAXPUPs (Pets Unstressing Passengers) in terminals to comfort & visit w/ passengers
— LAX Airport (@flyLAXairport) October 2, 2017
All the LAX Pups are registered with the Alliance of Therapy Dogs, and the dogs and their handlers complete in-terminal training to teach them about the airport. The handlers serve as customer service representatives to answer questions and give directions, and the dogs specialize in looking cute and receiving pets.
— Marc Cota-Robles (@abc7marccr) May 5, 2017
The announcement to unleash more therapy dogs in LAX was met with overwhelming support and enthusiasm. The next time you travel, keep your eye out for the airport's four-legged therapy staff.
Have you seen a LAX Pup in action? Let us know in the comments.
WATCH NOW: Dog and Flight Attendant Love Story