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LiLou the therapy pig joins SFO's Wag Brigade

Picture courtesy of San Francisco International Airport. Picture courtesy of San Francisco International Airport.

Eat your heart out Miss Piggy, Babe and Peppa Pig, there's a new girl in town, San Francisco International Airport's new therapy pig, LiLou!

LiLou, a Juliana-breed pig, is now a certified member of the airport's Wag Brigade of pets and promises to surprise and delight guests at SFO with her winning personality, charming costumes, and painted nails.

She becomes the first known therapy pig in the US after being approved by SPCA’s Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) programme.

According to the airport, she loves performing tricks for her audience, and also visits several other facilities in San Francisco including senior centres and hospitals.
“Since its launch in 2013, the SFO Wag Brigade has become a favourite amenity among travellers,” says the gateway's director-guest experience, Christopher Birch.  

“With the addition of LiLou, we can look forward to more moments of surprise and delight for guests at our airport.”

“We have more than 300 dog, cat and rabbit volunteer teams, but LiLou is the first pig in our programme,” enthuses Dr Jennifer Henley, SF SPCA's animal assisted therapy manager.
“It’s wonderful to witness the surprise and delight that LiLou brings to people during therapy visits.”

Launched in December 2013, the SFO Wag Brigade brings trained animals to the airport terminals to make passenger travel more enjoyable. 

The SF SPCA certifies all animals through their AAT programme prior to walking airport terminals. 

Carefully selected for their temperament and airport suitability, animals wear vests that read “Pet Me!” to encourage interaction with airport guests.

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