Dogs headed to SFO to help ease holiday travel 

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  • SFO is teaming with the San Francisco SPCA on the new Wag Brigade program. Eight dogs from the SPCA's Animal Assisted Therapy Program will pay visits to SFO terminals along with their volunteer walkers, officials said.

Don't have a cow during the holiday rush at San Francisco International Airport. Try petting a dog, instead.

Canines that are certified as therapy animals are being deployed at SFO during the holidays in the hopes that they will help calm agitated fliers who face long lines and possible delays. SFO is teaming with the San Francisco SPCA on the new Wag Brigade program. Eight dogs from the SPCA's Animal Assisted Therapy Program will pay visits to SFO terminals along with their volunteer walkers, officials said.

The particular pooches were "carefully selected" for their temperament and airport suitability, officials said. They will wear personalized vests that read "Pet Me!"

"The goal is to provide stress relief and make travel more enjoyable for SFO passengers by inviting them to interact with the dogs," according to airport officials.

More information about the program is expected to be announced this week.

SFO, the Bay Area's largest airport, has nonstop flights to more than 31 international cities on 30 international carriers and to 76 cities in the U.S. on 15 airlines. To make the busy holiday trip a little more predictable, travelers are also encouraged to regularly check departure and arrival information at flysfo.com.

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