Mid-terms are approaching and if you’re stressed out, overwhelmed, or just need a hug, come visit with therapy dogs of all shapes and sizes as part of "Cuddle a Canine" on Tuesday, March 17 and Wednesday, April 15 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (rain or shine) at Zimmerman Library and at Centennial Science and Engineering Library.

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