LiLou the Pig
San Francisco Airport’s Wag Brigade
The interaction of animals and aviation has lots of difficult stories; so whenever there is a report of good involvement of pets and airports, they bear repeating:
- Wildlife at Airports
- JFK adds an ARK to improve its Animal Cargo Traffic
- Man’s Best Friend is saved by Air Canada Pilot’s attention to the Cargo Manifest—that’s Aviation Safety!
- Good News from United about Improved Animal Handling at ORD
- A 4-legged Piper helps control Cherry Capital Airport’s wildlife problem humanely
Today’s addition to the aviation arc (no, not the regulatory kind) is about a pig at San Francisco Airport.
The San Francisco International Airport (SFO) on Dec. 5, welcomed LiLou, a Juliana-breed pig, to its beloved Wag Brigade team of pets certified by the San Francisco SPCA’s Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) program. LiLou is the first known airport therapy pig in the United States, and promises to surprise and delight guests at SFO with her winning personality, charming costumes, and painted nails. LiLou loves performing tricks for her audience, and also visits several other facilities in San Francisco including senior centers and hospitals.
“Since its launch in 2013, the SFO Wag Brigade has become a favorite amenity among travelers,” said 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 program,” said Dr. Jennifer Henley, SF SPCA 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 program 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.
[a pig with a captain’s hat on might have generated some comments about the stereotype male pilots; thankfully LiLou is wearing a Tutu and has her nails painted. She’s ready to fly.]Share this article: