Furry friends will be on campus soon to soothe students feeling stressed out or overwhelmed by finals.
Cuddle a Canine is happening Tues. April 30, rain or shine, from 11:30 to 1 p.m. on the northwest corner of Smith Plaza outside Zimmerman Library. The Albuquerque Southwest Canine Corps of Volunteers and their people will be on hand to comfort, listen and cuddle with students. University Libraries hosts this event each semester to help with that stressed out feeling students get as the end of the semester approaches.
The Albuquerque based Southwest Canine Corps of Volunteers visit 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. “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,” she wrote.