Library enlists canine support to relieve end-of-semester stress

Thursday, May 2, 2013 3:00:00 PM

Certified volunteers from Therapy Dogs, Inc. visited the Library's Information Commons to offer students a fun-filled study break.

Therapy dogs

Students are invited to pet and play with the dogs during these times.

Therapy dogs are trained to help individuals struggling with stressful situations.

Rosalia Ballinger, user experience librarian, says that these events are becoming more common at universities to help students cope with the end-of-semester stress of final projects and exams.

"The end of the semester is such a busy and stressful time for everyone," said Ballinger. "Being able to pet a dog and unwind for a few minutes is a nice break that we can offer."

Four dogs from Therapy Dogs, Inc. visited Stritch over the course of the week.

View some local media coverage of the therapy dogs' visit.