Wilson Library hosts therapy animals to help students de-stress during dead week
What makes people feel better when they are stressed, overwhelmed and tired? Dogs and cats.
This week, Wilson Library will be hosting a group of therapy dogs and cats of different breeds for dead week and finals. There will be animals on the Wilson side of the library by the skybridge from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. in two-hour increments throughout the week.
The dogs come from Whatcom Therapy Dogs and Dogs on Call, an all-volunteer therapy dog organization.
Bonnie Bird and her dogs Zuzu and Jiggy have been apart of Whatcom Therapy Dogs for years, she said.
“They volunteer at the hospital, they volunteer at adult day care and they go to the library and let kids read to them. They’re all over the place,” Bird said. “Zuzu just loves to be pet.”
The Whatcom Therapy Dogs these and many other places where their services are needed on a very normal basis, according to their website.
Therapy dogs are scientifically proven to reduce blood pressure and anxiety, fatigue and depression and provide emotional support, according to the Therapy Dogs United Incorporation.
Many Western students stopped by to pet the dogs as they walked by, including freshman Amanda Rosher and sophomore Katie Mendler.
“I think it’s a really awesome way for Western to support its students through this really stressful time,” Mendler said.
Rosher also expressed her excitement about the animals and how they helped her cope with the stress of finals week.
“My friend told me about it and I was like ‘no way, that’s awesome,’” Rosher said. “Just petting dogs, hanging out friends and hearing the owners talk about their dogs actually really helped calm me down and was kind of like a distraction.”