Saturday 26 November 2022 05:29 PM San Francisco airport has therapy PIG, rabbit and dog to help calm nervous ... trends now

Saturday 26 November 2022 05:29 PM San Francisco airport has therapy PIG, rabbit and dog to help calm nervous ... trends now
Saturday 26 November 2022 05:29 PM San Francisco airport has therapy PIG, rabbit and dog to help calm nervous ... trends now

Saturday 26 November 2022 05:29 PM San Francisco airport has therapy PIG, rabbit and dog to help calm nervous ... trends now

Anxiety sky-high? San Francisco's airport has you covered.

San Francisco International Airport (SFO) offers nervous flyers therapy animals, such as a pig and a rabbit, to help calm them down. 

The program, known as the Wag Brigade, debuted in 2013 and the airport partnered with the San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) to bring certified emotional distress animals into the airport. 

Among their gaggle of cuties, includes a pig named LiLou, a 34-pound rabbit named Alex, and several dogs. 

The program originally only included dogs until 2016, when LiLou and Alex were added to the family. 

A team of cute animals are ready to help nervous passengers at the San Francisco International Airport, as part of the Wag Brigade program, which debuted in 2013

A team of cute animals are ready to help nervous passengers at the San Francisco International Airport, as part of the Wag Brigade program, which debuted in 2013

Each animal was chosen for their temperament, as they must deal with the high stress and movement of an airport. 

'We do meet a lot of people here in the airport who have never met a dog, who've never pet a dog,' Jennifer Kazarian, who runs the program, told AXIOS. 'As a child might do, they walk right up to the dog and try to stick a finger in the eyeball or in the mouth, or just grab a tail or an ear. So we need to make sure that [the animal is] going to be okay.'

She calls the pack of animals the 'unicorns of therapy animals.' 

Each animal works a two-hour shift a week and travelers can find them wandering through various terminals wearing 'pet me' vests. Travelers can oftentimes figure out where the animals are by following the program's Instagram page. 

LiLou the Pig is the 'first certified piggy' in the program and loves to 'perform with her toy piano' for passengers 

LiLous loves to wave at passengers and shake their hands. And she also loves to 'perform with her toy piano'

LiLous loves to wave at passengers and shake their hands. And she also loves to 'perform with her toy piano'

LiLou joined the team in 2016 and became the first pig certified through SPCA's Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) program

LiLou joined the team in 2016 and became the first pig certified through SPCA's Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) program

LiLou joined the team in 2016 and became the first pig certified through SPCA's Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) program. 

She's hypoallergenic and she's quite talented, knowing to how wave at passengers and shake their hands. And she also loves to 'perform with her toy piano,' according to the program

'LiLou also likes to twirl and can stand up on her back hooves. She can run an “8” and push the ball with her snout,' the program said. 

LiLou, a native of San Francisco, also loves a good costume and can be seen on her Instagram wearing sunglasses, bows, and plenty of hats. 

Alex the Rabbit weighs 34 pounds and has a lot of love to share 

Known as Alex the Great on Instagram, this big rabbit is a part of the largest breed of domestic rabbit, known as Flemish Giant

Known as Alex the Great on Instagram, this big rabbit is a part of the largest breed of domestic rabbit, known as Flemish Giant

He's known for being 'docile' and 'patient' with travelers and is often seen throughout the airport

He's known for being 'docile' and 'patient' with travelers and is often seen throughout the airport

Known as Alex the Great on Instagram, this big rabbit is a part of the largest breed of domestic rabbit, known as Flemish Giant. 

He's known for being 'docile' and 'patient' with travelers and is often seen throughout the airport. 

Alex is a big hit among passengers and enjoys lounging on people's laps and being petted. 

Brody the Dog is originally from Texas and enjoys spreading the love to both airport-goer and college student 

Brody is also a certified Canine Good Citizen and loves to help college students through their stresses at nearby schools before exams

Brody is also a certified Canine Good Citizen and loves to help college students through their stresses at nearby schools before exams

The six-year-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel was born in Plano, Texas, and has since become a member of the Wag Brigade.  

He is a certified Canine Good Citizen and loves to help college students through their stresses at nearby schools before exams. 

When he's not working to help anxious travelers and students, he loves to chase animals on TV, because 'he thinks they might pop out of the TV set and play.' 

Brody gets to work for the Wag Brigade alongside his brother Prancer. 

Prancer the Dog, much like his brother, loves to help others and is known to be a 'relaxed California dude' 

Prancer loves to watch TV with his brother and enjoys shows with other dogs in it

Prancer loves to watch TV with his brother and enjoys shows with other dogs in it

Like his brother, Prancer is a hard worker. In addition to helping travelers get through the busy airports, he also helps hospital patients and college students have little moments of fluffy joy. 

Prancer was born in Tracy, California in 2010 and is enjoys watching TV with his brother. He loves news broadcasts and any shows featuring other

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