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Two construction projects will impact traffic to and from Denver International Airport (DEN) this week.

Inbound Peña Blvd. lanes (heading to DEN) between Tower Rd. & the RTD bridge will be restored to their pre-existing, permanent alignment. A right inbound lane closure will be in effect from approximately 8 p.m. on May 28 to 4 a.m. on May 29. Additionally, crews will replace a damaged overhead electronic message board sign on May 28 and 29 on outbound Peña Blvd. (leaving DEN). Work is expected to start around 10 p.m. on May 28 and finish around 4 a.m. on May 29, and again around 10 p.m. on May 29 to 4 a.m. on May 30. At approximately 1 a.m., between Tower Road and E 56th Avenue, a slow rolling closure of Peña Boulevard traffic will be implemented for less than 10 minutes. Speeds will be significantly reduced. Crews will be transporting and setting bridge girders on E-470 over outbound Peña Blvd. (leaving DEN) between 11 p.m. on May 30 until 6 a.m. on May 31. Between Jackson Gap Street and E-470, approximately once every hour, slow, rolling closures of Peña will be implemented for approximately seven minutes. Speeds will be significantly reduced during this time.

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Canine Airport Therapy Squad Celebrates Three Years at Denver International Airport

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“Yappy” Anniversary to the Largest Airport Therapy Pet Program in the Country

DENVER – Oct. 29, 2018 – Today, Denver International Airport (DEN) celebrates the three-year anniversary of the beloved Canine Airport Therapy Squad (CATS). The popular program, initiated in 2015, has more than quadrupled in size and is the largest airport program of its kind in the U.S.

The CATS program is designed to help relax and delight passengers on their journey through DEN. These furry volunteers and their human companions can be found throughout the airport offering friendly wags and often posing for photos with DEN passengers. Today, 15 CATS teams are celebrating the “Yappy Anniversary” by passing out DEN branded dog biscuits to passengers.

Fast Facts about DEN CATS:

  • The DEN CATS program began with 28 registered therapy dogs representing 14 breeds
  • Today, the program has grown to over 114 dogs representing over 45 breeds and one domestic shorthair cat
  • The top five breeds in the CATS program are the Golden Retriever (16), Newfoundland (13), Labrador (8), Dachshund (7), and German Shepherd (5).
  • Other newly represented breeds include a Dalmatian, Wolfhound and a Miniature Aussie
  • Many consider the DEN CATS to be the most fashion-forward therapy pups at any airport in the world. They can be found wearing easily recognizable, blue plaid apparel custom designed by local Colorado company Spyder Active Sports Inc.

All CATS teams work a minimum of 10 hours per quarter. While the dates of visits are flexible, CATS and their handlers average three visits each month and walk the concourses delighting and comforting passengers. Each of the CATS has his or her own trading card that includes interesting facts about them, including their “pet peeves.”

Members of the CATS teams are chosen after an interview and testing process. Each dog/cat is a family pet and must be shown to have a calm, friendly demeanor in public. The animals and their owners are trained, registered, certified and insured by certified therapy organizations, and an annual recertification is required for both dog and owner. Each CATS team must have therapy experience at another facility before service at DEN.

In addition, all CATS volunteers complete DEN customer service training and field evaluations to ensure the airport’s busy environment is a good fit for both human and animal. Human volunteers go through airport security background checks, fingerprinting, and security testing prior to receiving an airport ID badge.

Follow @DENAirport on Twitter to learn when CATS are available at DEN.

To learn more about each of our CATS, please visit www.flydenver.com/cats.


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