San Francisco International Airport outdid itself when it introduced the Wag Brigade, a team of stress-relief dogs, back in 2013. Since then, the happy-go-lucky pups (and one pig, who joined in 2016) have brought good vibes only to SFO’s many flyers. After a 20-month hiatus due to Covid, we couldn’t be more thrilled to see that the beloved Wag Brigade is back!
These certified stress-relief animals are responsible for making travel more enjoyable! They cruise around the terminals with vests that read “Pet Me,” bringing joy to passengers of all ages courtesy of the San Francisco SPCA. The SPCA has re-certified all animals for their return to SFO.
LiLou the pig joined the Wag Brigade in 2016, providing an unconventional hypoallergenic option for flyers to cuddle with! She knows some impressive tricks and can shake your hand, greet you with a wiggle, twirl in a circle, stand on her back hooves, and push a ball with her snout.
“We are thrilled to welcome the Wag Brigade back to SFO,” said Airport Director Ivar C. Satero. “Since its launch, this program has been a favorite for travelers and airport employees alike. We appreciate the efforts of our Customer Care team, and the pet owners who generously volunteer their time at SFO.”
“Our Wag Brigade volunteer teams are excited to begin returning to SFO,” said Dr. Jennifer Scarlett, SF SPCA President. “Interacting with animals can lower blood pressure and reduce anxiety. Our goal is to help ease the stress of air travel and delight passengers at SFO.”
Remember, the Airport is still requiring that everyone comply with up-to-date health mandates (these pictures are from pre-pandemic times). All human members of the Wag Brigade are vaccinated and wearing face coverings.
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