Flying can be a stressful experience, but weary travelers now have a new way to soothe their airport anxiety: LiLou, SFO’s certified therapy pig.
LiLou is a small, good-natured pig who “promises to surprise and delight guests with her winning personality, charming costumes and painted nails,” said a statement from the SFO airport. She wears a “pet me” vest to encourage interaction with travelers.
She is certified as a therapy animal by the San Francisco SPCA’s Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) program. When LiLou isn’t working at the airport, she helps cheer up people around her local community. So far, adults and children alike have been delighted by meeting her.
While LiLou is believed to be the first ever airport therapy pig, she joins a growing number of animals who visit travelers throughout the country. San Francisco’s “Wag Brigade” brings friendly trained dogs to meet passengers around the terminals. Similar dog programs are in place at San Jose, Los Angeles, Miami, and Oklahoma City. And Cincinnati airport even hosts miniature therapy horses.
If you’d like to meet LiLou, head to San Francisco, or ask your Stellar Travel advisor to make sure your flight schedule includes an SFO connection!