Denver Worldwide Airport
- IATA/ICAO Code:
- United States
- Philip A. Washington
- Passenger Rely:
- 58,828,552 (2021)
- runway :
- 7/25 – 12,000ft (3,658m) |8/26 – 12,000ft (3,658m) |16L/34R – 12,000ft (3,658m) |16R/34L – 16,000ft (4,877m) |17L/35R – 3,658m (12,000ft) |17R/35L – 3,658m (12,000ft)
Denver Worldwide Airport (DEN) has simply acquired the Guinness World Document for having the world’s largest airport animal remedy program. DEN has develop into well-known for its massive staff of remedy animals. The animals and their handlers comprise the airports Canine Airport Remedy Squad (CATS). The distinctive unit is designed to assist nervous vacationers be extra snug throughout their journey expertise. The groups consist of 1 animal and a handler who journey across the airport visiting passengers to brighten their days and make flying much less worrying.
The CATS program at the moment consists of 84 animals made up of 33 canine breeds and one cat. This system has grown considerably since its humble starting in 2015, when it began its volunteer remedy companies with 28 animals made up of 14 breeds. All through 2022, volunteers have put in over 1,250 hours to this system. The groups all gathered within the Jeppesen terminal to obtain the award on September fifteenth. The file will seem within the 2023 world file ebook.
The CATS staff gathered in celebration of the award. Picture: Denver Worldwide Airport
DEN’s CEO, Phil Washington, shared how grateful he and the administration staff are for his or her volunteer efforts and the extraordinary service offered to airport passengers and workers. He additionally shared how proud they had been of their world file achievement. Washington acknowledged,
“We’re extraordinarily pleased with our CATS program and grateful for all of the volunteers who donate their time to carry pleasure to our passengers and workers,”The continued development of this system is a testomony to the constructive impression it has on vacationers, and we look ahead to welcoming much more groups as we proceed to develop this beloved program.”
Paradoxically Denver’s CATS program solely has one cat. Picture: Denver Worldwide Airport
The Managing Editor at Guinness World Data, Adam Millward, mentioned,
“Whether or not it is with a lick, a nuzzle or some amusing antics, our four-legged buddies have a tremendous means to make us smile — even once we could be feeling burdened or anxious,”The Canine Airport Remedy Squad at Denver Airport has taken this innate ability and run with it. It is a pleasure to have the ability to acknowledge the hard-working canines in addition to their house owners, who selflessly surrender their time to brighten the day of 1000’s of vacationers yearly.”
Within the US, 90 airports have animal remedy applications, a number of of which path intently behind DEN’s CATS program. The closest is this system at Los Angles Worldwide Airport (LAX). LAXs animal remedy program, generally known as Pets Unstressing Passengers (PUP), at the moment has 75 animals. PUPs beforehand had 123 animals earlier than the pandemic.
Airport animal remedy companies had been suspended throughout the pandemic. Picture: Denver Worldwide Airport
When COVID-19 restrictions had been enforced, many animal remedy applications at airports had been quickly suspended. Throughout this time, PUPs misplaced a number of groups with a number of volunteers transferring states and a few canines retiring or passing methods. The info recorded for the world file was gathered in 2021 after PUPs numbers had shrunk significantly. Regardless of the competitors, the staff at PUP congratulated CATS on the achievement as each organizations search to carry pleasure to others by love and repair.
Airport remedy animals have develop into a beloved asset at many airports. Picture: Denver Worldwide Airport
One other notable airport animal remedy program is at San Jose Worldwide Airport (SJC). Following the terrorist assaults of September eleventh, 2001, SJC began the primary airport animal remedy program within the US to assist consolation passengers. This system now has 27 animals consisting of two cats and 25 canines.
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Supply: The Factors Man, The Denver Put up