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News Releases

September 9, 2020

JOHN WAYNE AIRPORT AIRPAWS THERAPY DOGS ARE THE PAWFECT TRAVEL COMPANION

(SANTA ANA, CA) – John Wayne Airport’s K-9 Ambassadors and their handlers in the AirPAWS Therapy Dog Program are excited to be back in the Terminal, welcoming guests and making travel a lot less “ruff” and a lot more “PAWs-itive.”

Through a partnership with OC Animal Allies, certified AirPAWS K-9s and their handlers will roam the Thomas F. Riley Terminal and interact with guests as they wait for their departing flight. Research shows that contact with therapy dogs can provide physical and mental health benefits, including reduced anxiety, diminished pain, and lowered blood pressure in addition to providing comfort and aiding in relaxation.

Family petting AirPAWS dog Teens enjoying AirPAWS dog

AirPAWS handlers will wear a face covering and practice Healthy Travels measures implemented throughout the Terminal following County and State guidelines to protect the health and safety of all passengers and guests. To learn more about the ways that we have upgraded our clean and safe to cleaner and safer, please view our Healthy Travels video or visit www.ocair.com/covid19.

OC Animal Allies is dedicated to providing the benefits of therapy dogs to the public while educating about responsible pet ownership and advocating against animal cruelty. Formerly known as the OCSPCA, the non-profit organization currently works with senior citizens, children affected by autism, and crime victims through the PANDA program at the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.

To learn more about the AirPAWS program, visit www.ocair.com/communityrelations/airpaws.

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John Wayne Airport (SNA) is owned by the County of Orange and is operated as a self-supporting enterprise that receives no general fund tax revenue. The Airport serves more than 10 million passengers annually and reaches more than 20 nonstop destinations in the United States, Canada and Mexico. More information can be found at www.ocair.com. Like us on facebook.com/johnwayneairport, or follow us on Twitter @johnwayneair and Instagram @johnwayneair.