Therapy Dogs Are Back!
“Wag Well, Be Well”
Therapy Dog Event for students
Tuesday, December 3
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
West Campus Lawn
(across from the Library)
Come to the West Campus Lawn across from the Library on Tuesday afternoon for some furry joy. Student Health Services’ The WELL, ASG, and The WELL Club will be hosting a group of trained therapy dogs that want to help everyone smile and feel more relaxed.
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 is Therapy Dogs of Santa Barbara (formerly All for Animals). Therapy Dogs of SB is a local nonprofit dedicated to enriching the lives of young people through personal interaction with specially trained therapy animals.
All of the dogs in attendance have received specialized training with their human partner from Therapy Dogs of SB and are certified as therapy dogs by Love on a Leash, the Foundation for Pet Provided Therapy, or Therapy Dogs International. Local volunteers will give their afternoon to serve SBCC students.
For more information or to make a donation to Therapy Dogs of SB, visit therapydogssb.org.