If you’re stressed out, overwhelmed, or just need a hug, come visit with therapy dogs of all shapes and sizes on Wednesday, April 6 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Zimmerman Library.

The Albuquerque-based Southwest Canine Corps of Volunteers and their human companions will be on hand to comfort, listen and cuddle with students.  

The Southwest Canine Corps of Volunteers visits hospitals, rehab centers, libraries, the 911 call center, nursing and long-term care facilities bringing relief that only a dog can provide.   

Deborah L. Wells’ article, “Domestic dogs and human health,” published in the British Journal of Health Psychology, provides an overview of research exploring the positive impact of interaction with dogs.

She writes: “over the years, research has shown that animals, and in particular dogs, can ameliorate the effects of potentially stressful life-events, reduce levels of anxiety, loneliness and depression, and enhance feelings of autonomy, competence and self-esteem.”

Come experience these benefits for yourself!