At Calgary International Airport, no one is stressed because of delayed flights or long lines. And it’s all thanks to a friendly tabby cat.
Sure, living with a feline is not all purring and cuddles. But the fact is, there’s nothing better to help you unwind and let go of your worries than stroking your precious furball. Considering how often cats can be picky when it comes to snuggles (and all things nice), it’s no wonder that people who win the feline lottery and adopt a super sweet, super cuddly kitty want to show them off to the world.
A similar thing happened to Taz, an incredibly lovable feline who got adopted by Heather Rutherford, a volunteer with the stress-reducing therapy dogs program- Pet Access League Society (PALS). Taz became a part of her family in October 2016, and it didn’t take her long to realize just how special this ginger tabby is, and that he’d be a perfect addition to the four-legged team of volunteers at the airport.
After he was screened and got the green light to volunteer, Taz is now one of two therapy cats that – in a nutshell- make everything better for the staff and visitors at the Calgary International Airport. The friendly feline now flaunts a dazzling red vest with the words “pet me” written in capital letters- a little bit of encouragement for pet lovers who’re unsure if they should touch a therapy cat. After all, Taz’s primary and only task at his “workplace” is to give much-needed cuddles to the stressed out airport staff and visitors, so why not advertise it a bit?
He and his mom spend 1.5 hours each week volunteering, and, suffice it to say, he already has a fan base at the airport. And, if we’re honest, one look at that adorable face makes it easy to understand how Taz stole all those hearts!
A proud mama to seven dogs and ten cats, Angela spends her days writing for her fellow pet parents and pampering her furballs, all of whom are rescues. When she’s not gushing over her adorable cats or playing with her dogs, she can be found curled up with a good fantasy book.