Santa Paws is Coming to Town - Myrtle Beach International Airport Launches New Therapy Dog Program in advance of the holiday season

The Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR) is launching its new P.E.T.S. (Pups Easing Travel Stress) Program just in time for the holiday travel period.

P.E.T.S. Ambassadors will consist of certified pet therapy dogs and their volunteer handlers who are affiliated with the Alliance of Therapy Dogs, a national therapy dog registry with more than 15,000 members in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. This network of caring individuals with their special dogs help to share smiles and joy with people in a range of settings including nursing homes, schools, hospitals and more increasingly, airports.

“Travel can be stressful, which is why we’re excited to offer passengers a new way to destress while waiting for their flights,” said Scott Van Moppes, Director of Airports. “We’re continually looking for ways to improve the customer experience at MYR and we are confident that this new program will make the travel experience even more enjoyable.”

Schedules will vary and passengers can expect to initially see volunteers in the terminal once per week with potential for the number of visits to increase as the program grows. Travelers are encouraged to share their selfies with the dogs on social media and tag #PETSMYR and #flymyrtlebeach.


About the Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR)

The Myrtle Beach International Airport is the gateway to Myrtle Beach, SC, the Grand Strand and the Hammock Coast. The Myrtle Beach International Airport is owned by Horry County and operated by the Department of Airports. MYR is served by Allegiant, American, Avelo, Breeze, Delta, Frontier, Porter, Southwest, Spirit, Sun Country, and United Airlines.