Pet LiLou the pig for a stressless flight

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For many people flying can be a stressful event. Some people are afraid of the flight itself, others forget where they put their passport and there are people who you get lost on the highway on their way to the airport. For all these people now comes a solution in the form of a therapy pig! 

The San Francisco International Airport (SFO) today welcomed LiLou, a Juliana-breed pig, to its beloved Wag Brigade team of pets certified by the San Francisco SPCA’s Animal Assisted Therapy program. LiLou is the first known airport therapy pig in the United States, and promises to surprise and delight guests at SFO with her winning personality, charming costumes, and painted nails. LiLou loves performing tricks for her audience, and also visits several other facilities in San Francisco including senior centers and hospitals.

“We have more than 300 dog, cat and rabbit volunteer teams, but LiLou is the first pig in our program,” says Dr. Jennifer Henley, SF SPCA Animal Assisted Therapy manager. “It’s wonderful to witness the surprise and delight that LiLou brings to people during therapy visits.”
Launched in December 2013, the SFO Wag Brigade brings trained animals to the airport terminals to make passenger travel more enjoyable. Carefully selected for their temperament and airport suitability, animals wear vests that read “Pet Me!” to encourage interaction with airport guests. (video by back to back news)

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