When holiday travel gets 'ruff,' therapy dogs help ease stress at Newark Airport

Posted at 10:30 AM, Dec 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-22 10:30:23-05

NEWARK, NJ (News 12 New Jersey/CNN) - Some furry friends will be roaming the terminals at Newark Liberty International Airport this week to help de-stress frazzled airline passengers.

There’s nothing like four paws, a tail, and a wet nose to smooth out those crazy peak holiday travel days. These therapy dogs are trained to help people relax.

"It's just a feel-good moment,” said Erick Spronck, a creature comfort pet therapy volunteer. “As I like to say, we may not be saving lives, but sometimes putting a smile on people's faces is enough to help them out during a stressful time."

This is the 4th year for United Paws program at the airport.

Passengers are welcome to come pet or spend time with the dogs.

The paws patrol ends Saturday evening.

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