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Canine Airport Therapy Squad Volunteers


Our DEN CATS make travel a bit fuzzier

Volunteers provide their time, and their family pet, in this program. All 90+ animals are registered with the Alliance of Therapy Dogs or other organizations and are trained, certified and insured.

Passengers are encouraged to visit with our “CATS” when flying through DEN. Hug them, pet them and take pictures with them. Our dogs (and one feline!) are here to improve the customers’ day in a way that only CATS can!

Join our CATS Team! Meet the CATS

Training and Registration

Experience with a recognized animal therapy organization

All dogs should have the equivalent of one year experience with an approved therapy program prior to volunteering at DEN. Dogs with less than one year experience will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. To register with the Alliance of Therapy Dogs, call (307) 432-0272 or email [email protected]. To register with Pet Partners, visit:

Pets must be privately owned and at least 2 years old

All canine CATS volunteers must be registered with the Alliance of Therapy Dogs or Pet Partners, an international organization that registers, insures and supports members who are involved in similar volunteer activities.

Prospective CATS handlers will participate in DEN customer service training and field evaluations

This will ensure that this environment will be a good fit for both volunteer and dog. Additionally, handlers will go through Airport Security background checks, fingerprinting and security testing prior to receiving an Airport ID badge.

Role of CATS Volunteer Handlers

All CATS volunteer teams work a minimum of 10 hours per quarter. While the dates of visits are flexible, CATS and their handlers average three visits per month.

Be Positive!

Surprise, delight and comfort passengers through positive interactions with therapy animals

Be a Spokesperson

Promote DEN and the CATS program

Inform and Assist

Inform and assist passengers with airport-related questions and wayfinding

Hand out Trading Cards

We’ll provide you with fun trading cards you can hand out to passengers featuring your pet!

See our CATS in Action!

a group of people posing with dogs
a group of women and a baby petting a dog
a dog with a bow on its neck
a woman holding a dog
a woman and a child standing next to a dog

Interested in joining our CATS team?

Submit your information and we will get in touch with more information on joining the CATS team!


Questions? Get in Touch!

Information about Joining

Register with the Alliance of Therapy Dogs

Register with Pet Partners


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Denver, Colorado 80249

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