Fort Wayne International Airport
Fort Wayne International Airport

Hospitality PAWS

*Due to COVID-19, we have paused our formal Hospitality PAWS Program. However, you may see a smaller presence from our PAWS teams as we continue to navigate the ongoing pandemic. As an airport community we are all doing our best to ensure that the safety of our volunteers and the traveling public is our highest priority.  Hospitality PAWS handlers will be wearing masks, carrying their own hand sanitizer, and using longer leashes to allow for safe social distancing. We look forward to bringing this service back to our community in full force, and hope you are able to see one of our teams when you travel FWA!

It’s no secret that air travel can be stressful for many people. Hospitality PAWS is Fort Wayne International Airport’s answer to the stress that passengers may feel when beginning their trips. By partnering with Pets Assisting Well-Being and Success (PAWS), Inc. FWA will give passengers a calm and comforting travel experience. PAWS , Inc. is a fully insured and highly trained group of certified therapy dogs and handlers, connected to the Alliance of Therapy Dogs.

FWA’s Hospitality PAWS program is currently made up of Six handler/dog teams, with each dog being a different breed and possessing a unique personality. The PAWS teams currently come to the airport three times per week for two-hour shifts, with more frequent visits during higher traffic seasons such as the holidays and spring break. All of the therapy dog teams are certified by the Alliance of Therapy Dogs.

Hospitality PAWS handlers and dogs will be wearing nametags, say hi if you see a volunteer team working in the terminal!

 

Questions
If you have any questions about the Hospitality PAWS Program, please contact Katie Robinson, Marketing Specialist.

  • krobinson@fwairport.com
  • 260-446-3442