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Therapy Dogs to Ease Holiday Stress for Travelers at EPIA

Therapy dogs will greet travelers at the El Paso International Airport (EPIA) to take some stress out of the hectic holiday travel.

EPIA will welcome about 250,000 passengers, plus thousands more of their friends and family members picking them up or sending them off, during the month of December. The week leading up to Christmas Day is gearing up to be the busiest week of the month.

In anticipation of this busy holiday travel week, EPIA has partnered with the local chapter of Therapy Dogs International to provide travelers with a chance to meet and pet a licensed therapy dog. Volunteers will be making their way throughout the terminal at various times of the day starting today and continuing through Friday, December 23rd.

“We know that air travel can be stressful, especially during the holidays,” said El Paso Aviation Director Monica Lombraña. “Our goal is to ensure that everyone who comes to the airport has a positive experience and these wonderful, four-legged volunteers will help ease the tension of travel.”

The addition of therapy dogs is just one of many services EPIA is offering this year to provide travelers with a welcoming experience. Outdoor and indoor holiday decorations, Airport Ambassadors and Holiday Performances are some of the holiday initiatives EPIA has undertaken to help make this season’s travel a pleasant one.