Hug a dog and lower your stress!

Photo of a therapy dog

Molly, a Santa Barbara therapy dog

The Luria Library will host a special event on Thursday, May 7, 2015 from 2:30-4:00 pm where you can hug or walk a dog to lower your stress. This free event will be open to all current SBCC students.

Therapy dog days are popping up at colleges and universities across the country to help students relax, especially as they prepare for finals, when stress levels soar. Research shows that interaction with pets decreases the level of cortisol—or stress hormone—in people and increases endorphins, known as the “happiness hormone.” Studies also show excessive stress, like the kind students may experience during finals, impairs memory. An activity that relieves stress – such as petting a friendly dog – can improve a student’s ability to retain what they are learning.

Partnering with SBCC for our second Therapy Dog event is All for Animals, a local nonprofit dedicated to enriching the lives of young people through personal interaction with specially trained therapy animals.

In all, there will be at least eight dogs in attendance, all of whom received specialized training from All for Animals and are certified as therapy dogs by Love on a Leash, The Foundation for Pet Provided Therapy.

For more information or to make a donation to All for Animals, visit