If you’re stressed out, overwhelmed, or just need a hug, therapy dogs of all shapes and sizes will be on the lawn on the west side of Zimmerman Library, on Tuesday, Oct. 25 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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

The Albuquerque based Southwest Canine Corps of Volunteers  visits hospitals, rehab centers, libraries, the 911 call center, and nursing and long-term care facilities to bring relief 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.

Wells 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.”