Sky Harbor Airport to debut pilot pet therapy program

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Airport officials will be introducing a new program called "Navigator Buddies." (Source: City of Phoenix) Airport officials will be introducing a new program called "Navigator Buddies." (Source: City of Phoenix)
Councilwoman Thelda Williams and Director of Aviation Services Jim Bennett with the Navigator Buddies. (Source: City of Phoenix) Councilwoman Thelda Williams and Director of Aviation Services Jim Bennett with the Navigator Buddies. (Source: City of Phoenix)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

Going to the airport can sometimes be stressful. That's why officials with Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport are hoping a new pet therapy program will make the airport experience less stressful for travelers.

Airport officials will be introducing a new program called "Navigator Buddies."

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Officials are calling this the "latest and furriest addition to the popular Phoenix Sky Harbor Navigator program."

Sometimes referred to as stress-relief or emotional-comfort animals, officials say the 'Navigator Buddies' are pups with a purpose.

The therapy program will offer company to travelers who might need some quiet comfort with man's best friend, according to Sky Harbor officials. 

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The program consists of volunteers, dogs and owners who are registered in good standing with a qualified pet therapy organization.

"Therapy animals offer soothing moments during stressful times, such as when flying or in large, busy places like an airport environment," officials said in a statement. 

The new program will make its debut this Friday at 10 a.m. 

Councilwoman Thelda Williams will speak and introduce the Navigator Buddies that are taking part in the pilot program.

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