Oakland Airport will show puppy love to passengers this Valentine’s Day

Oakland, Calif. – February 13, 2024: Oakland International Airport (OAK) is showing love to passengers in a few different ways this Valentine’s Day. OAK will host a special visit from Valley Humane Society’s Canine Comfort Pet-Assisted Therapy team on February 14. Five dogs, decked out in Valentine’s Day outfits, will participate along with their volunteer owners to spread some puppy love to East Bay travelers. Additionally, airport employees will be passing out Valentine’s cards to families traveling with children throughout the day, and there is a Valentine’s Day balloon arch placed in pre-security Terminal 1 for festive photos.

“Oakland International Airport looks forward to hosting Valley Humane Society for the Valentine’s Day holiday,” says Craig Simon, Interim Director of Aviation at the Port of Oakland. “We appreciate the valuable service provided by the Canine Comfort Pet-Assisted Therapy team, and we thank them for spreading the love at OAK. We hope that passengers enjoy their special visit.”

Valley Humane Society, located in Pleasanton, CA, brings animals to places other pets can’t go, sharing the unconditional love that pets offer and creating opportunities for people to experience the love of a pet. Sharing their own beloved companions, Valley Humane Society Canine Comfort Pet-Assisted Therapy volunteers team up with their dogs to improve the lives of others through our community by visiting medical facilities, schools, and retirement homes.

Valentine’s Day will be the first time that Valley Humane Society will bring this program to OAK. Five dogs will participate including Peach, Bailey, Karli, Ketchum, and Torrie, along with their volunteer owners.


About Valley Humane Society

Envisioning a world in which every animal is loved and every person knows the love of an animal, Valley Humane Society (VHS) creates a brighter future for cats and dogs by encouraging and strengthening the bond between people and pets. VHS rescues and rehabilitates companion animals, champions responsible caretaking, shares pets’ soothing affections with people in need of comfort and supports and preserves existing pet-guardian relationships. Whether you’d like to adopt an animal, share your passion for pets, or meet like-minded people, VHS is Your Means to a Friend™.

Learn more about Valley Humane Society at https://valleyhumane.org/.


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About Oakland International Airport 

Oakland International is the main airport for the greater East Bay, the most populated area in the metropolitan San Francisco Bay area. It is the closest airport to most Bay Area employers. By roadway and BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) air-rail, OAK enables excellent access to all the region’s business, entertainment, and tourism venues. The vision of Oakland International Airport is to be the airport of choice for San Francisco Bay Area residents and visitors alike. OAK is operated by the Port of Oakland, which also oversees the Oakland seaport and 20 miles of East Bay waterfront. Together with its business partners, the Port supports more than 98,000 jobs in the region with more than a $174 billion economic impact.  

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