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This airport's animal therapy program is so huge that it has set a new Guinness World Record

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Animal therapy programs and initiatives involve are usually offered in health care settings such as nursing homes and rehabilitation centres. But you'd be surprised to know that an international airport is home to one of the most impressive animal therapy programs in the world.

Denver International Airport's Canine Airport Therapy Squad, or CATS, is so big that it has now been awarded a Guinness World Record title.

The airport's CATS program began in 2015 with 28 dogs of 14 breeds. Seven years forward, the establishment now boasts 84 dogs from 33 breeds and one cat. The volunteers of the program have already worked for over 1,250 hours in 2022.

The achievement is expected to appear as an official record in the 2023 Guinness World Records book, according to reports.

"We are extremely proud of our CATS program and grateful for all the volunteers who donate their time to bring joy to our passengers and employees. The continued growth of the program is a testament to the positive impact it has on travelers, and we look forward to welcoming even more teams as we continue to grow this beloved program," DEN CEO Phil Washington told Denver Gazette.

A press release by the airport stated that the program was designed to provide stress relief to passengers. The idea was to make passengers quality spend time with adorable pets.

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"Whether it’s with a lick, a nuzzle or some amusing antics, our four-legged friends have an amazing ability to make us smile – even when we might be feeling stressed or anxious," said Adam Millward, Managing Editor, Guinness World Records.

The Canine Airport Therapy Squad at Denver Airport has taken this innate skill and run(a)way with it. It’s a pleasure to be able to recognize the hard-working dogs (and, of course, not to forget, Xeli the cat), as well as their owners, who selflessly give up their time to brighten the day of thousands of travelers every year,” he added.

People interested in donating time to DIA's CATS program can reach out to the program organisers at info@flydenver.com.

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