Canine Airport Therapy Squad

Traveling can sometimes create stress and anxiety for passengers. The Denver International Airport Canine Airport Therapy Squad (CATS) program offers a means for travelers to relieve that stress and benefit in a truly unexpected way.  Our CATS program gives passengers an opportunity to interact with a therapy dog during their journey through the airport. Volunteer pet owners provide their time, and their family pet, to this program.  All CATS dogs are registered with the Alliance of Therapy Dogs and are trained and insured.  We welcome you to visit with our CATS when you fly through DEN. Hug them, pet them, and take pictures with them. Our dogs are outfitted in “Pet Me” vests and are here to improve your day in a way that only CATS can!

Role of CATS Volunteers

  • Relieve passenger stress and anxiety
  • Surprise and delight passengers through positive interactions with the dogs
  • Promote DEN, the CATS program
  • Inform and assist passengers with airport related questions and wayfinding
  • Hand out trading cards featuring your CATS

Hours of Operation

Our crew of CATS volunteers allows us to schedule on average one dog and owner team visit per day.  The dog and owner team walk around the airport for about two hours per visit, so keep your eyes open and your arms ready to give a big hug to one of our furry volunteers!


For more information on the CATS program, please contact or call (303) 342-2000.

Training and Registration – What it Takes to Join the Team

CATS volunteers wishing to apply must have at least one year of experience working with a recognized therapy dog organization. The dogs must be privately owned and be at least two years old.  All CATS volunteers must be registered with Alliance of Therapy Dogs, an international organization that registers, insures, and supports members who are involved in similar volunteer activities such as visits to hospitals, special needs centers, schools, nursing homes, and libraries.

Prospective volunteers will participate in DEN customer service training and in-the-field evaluations to ensure that this environment will be a good fit for both volunteer and dog.  Additionally, volunteers will go through Airport Security background checks, fingerprinting, and security testing prior to receiving an Airport ID badge.


For more information about joining the program, please email your request to: To register with the Alliance of Therapy Dogs call (307) 432-0272 or email