Furry friends of all shapes and sizes will be on campus as part of The University of New Mexico’s Cuddle a Canine on Monday, April 16 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the lawn on the west side outside of Zimmerman Library.

Local volunteers with the Albuquerque-based Southwest Canine Corps of Volunteers will be on campus with their companions giving students some welcome stress relief as the semester winds down.

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.”

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