It’s no longer uncommon to see Golden Retrievers or Labradors wondering around airports providing busy travelers with a moment of calmness. Therapy dogs have become a part of airport strategies to help people cope with the chaos of travel, but one airport has taken a different approach to therapy animals.
Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport announced their newest therapy animal on November 8, 2019, Stitches.
Stitches, an 11-year-old, 13-pound tabico cat—mixture of tabby and calico—is currently on duty at the airport. She’s hard to miss as she’s chauffeured around Terminal 1 in her stroller sporting a large “pet me” sign—letting everyone know she’s ready for cuddles.
This isn’t Stitches’ first rodeo, either. There’s a reason the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport hired her for the job, the Twin Cities Pioneer Press reports that Stitches is a member of North Star Therapy Animals and has been a therapy cat for the past three years. When she’s not at the airport, she can be found helping at nursing homes or relaxing at home watching her favorite show, Law and Order: SVU.
If you’re traveling through the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, you could just be lucky enough to meet her for snuggles—and maybe even one of her calling cards.
Featured image courtesy of Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport/Facebook