By Josie January 15th, 2024
San Francisco International Airport embraces a heartwarming approach to alleviating travel stress and hires a 14-year-old therapy cat, Duke Ellington Morris.
Rescued from a feral cat colony in 2010, Duke’s early life was challenging.
His transformation from a stray to a beloved therapy cat is a testament to the resilience and adaptability of animals.
In other words, Duke’s life made a complete turnaround, and he know provides comfort professionally.
Duke’s primary role at the airport is to offer emotional support to passengers. Wearing his distinctive ‘Pet Me’ vest, he roams the terminals, providing a furry, friendly presence.
Duke is part of the airport’s broader ‘Wag Brigade.’ First the team only consisted of dogs, but has now extended to dogs, rabbits, and even a therapy pig.
Stress Reduction: Their presence lowers cortisol levels, reducing stress.
Blood Pressure Control: Petting cats can lower blood pressure.
Emotional Comfort: Cats offer a sense of calm and companionship.
Decreased Anxiety: Interacting with cats can help alleviate anxiety symptoms.
They help to reduce passenger stress, improve the travel experience, and create a more welcoming, homely atmosphere in a typically impersonal environment.