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DIA animal therapy squad sets Guinness world record

Who are DIA's CATS? They’re a squad of more than 80 dogs — and one cat.

DENVER — The Canine Airport Therapy Squad (CATS) program at Denver International Airport (DIA) is now in the record books.

The CATS program, which aims to relieve passenger stress and anxiety at the airport, will be featured in the Guinness World Records 2023 book as the "Largest Airport Therapy Animal Program."

The CATS program began on Oct. 29, 2015, with 28 members from 14 breeds. Today, the program includes 84 members and 33 breeds as well as one cat.

Passengers can encounter the CATS animals throughout the airport sporting their violet plaid “Pet Me” vests.

"Whether it’s with a lick, a nuzzle or some amusing antics, our four-legged friends have an amazing ability to make us smile – even when we might be feeling stressed or anxious," said Adam Millward, Managing Editor, Guinness World Records.

Credit: Denver International Airport
Xeli is the first cat to join Denver International Airport's Canine Airport Therapy Squad.

DIA celebrated the award on Thursday with several CATS teams in the airport's Jeppesen Terminal.

"We are extremely proud of our CATS program and grateful for all the volunteers who donate their time to bring joy to our passengers and employees," said DIA CEO Phil Washington. "The continued growth of the program is a testament to the positive impact it has on travelers, and we look forward to welcoming even more teams as we continue to grow this beloved program."

Learn more about the Canine Airport Therapy Squad at FlyDenver.com/CATS. For more information about joining the program, email info@flydenver.com.

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