Syracuse Hancock International Airport Doesn’t Want Travel To Be ‘Ruff’


Syracuse Hancock International Airport announced that it has teamed with PAWS of CNY, Inc. to offer a Pet Therapy Program at the airport.

PAWS of CNYThe program, which is called the SYR Pets Easing Travelers Program is designed to help ease the stress of the traveling public and their loved ones.

Hancock launched the program Nov. 22, just in time for the start of the busy holiday travel season.

Airport Pet Therapy Programs were established at San Jose Airport shortly after Sept. 11, 2001; the programs, which dispatch specially trained dogs and their owners to interact with passengers at every stage of the pre-flight process was designed to help provide stress relief.

“We want to thank PAWS of CNY, Inc. for working with us to develop a pet therapy program for the airport,” said Christina Callahan, executive director. “What a great way to help ease any stress or anxiety our passenger may be experiencing.”

The therapy dogs and their handlers/owners will walk through the terminal, visiting with passengers that are awaiting flights.

The initial team includes three dogs; Bert, Diva and Flyer.

All dogs are certified by PAWS of CNY, Inc., which ensures the dogs are tested for non-aggression, general obedience, temperament, and willingness to be hugged and petted in the midst of noisy and distracting airports.

“We are thrilled to partner with the Syracuse Hancock International Airport to bring our pet therapy services to travelers,” said Jessica Marabella, president of PAWS of CNY. “The goal of our organization is to bring warmth, comfort, and companionship to our community and we are pleased to expand our services to include assistance to those feeling the stress of travel. It’s a perfect alignment and we look forward to a successful partnership with the airport.”

The program will start with bi-weekly visits, times will vary depending on the day.

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PAWS of CNY Expands Services in Oswego County
PAWS of CNY, Inc., Central New York’s largest non-profit provider of pet assisted wellness services, has expanded its services in Oswego County.

In order to meet the growing need of nursing homes, community organizations, and schools that it serves, PAWS of CNY is working to add teams of certified therapy pets to its program.

To assist with these efforts, PAWS of CNY held a free therapy pet evaluation session on September 8 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Paws and Effect on Route 1 in Oswego.

The PAWS of CNY therapy pet evaluation was the first step for dogs and cats looking to earn their PAWS of CNY therapy pet certification.

About PAWS of CNY, Inc.

PAWS of CNY, Inc. is a non-profit organization located in Central New York that is dedicated to enriching the lives of people and animals through mutually beneficial interaction. More than 110 volunteers across Onondaga, Oswego, Cortland, Madison and Cayuga counties bring their pets to visit more than 70 locations in Central New York to provide pet assisted wellness services to the community.