Saturday, May 14, 2016

Dogs in the Library event helps students relax

Pictured is Lisa, a mixed breed rescue dog
Continuing its end-of-the-semester tradition of helping students de-stress during finals week, Alfred State’s Hinkle Memorial Library once again held its Dogs in the Library event May 9.
Students were able to relax with a group of friendly dogs and handlers and grab a snack to keep them going. This semester’s event featured 10 visiting dogs, the most the library has brought in so far, with breeds ranging from Australian Shepherd, to Newfoundland, to Basset Hound, to rescued mixed breeds. The dogs were registered through either the Canisteo chapter of Therapy Dogs International or the Pet Partners chapter out of Syracuse.
“Some of these groups have been coming long enough to have an ongoing rapport with the students, and students often will take an annual picture with their favorite dog,” said Library Instructional Support Assistant Amie Acton. “By continuing to offer this event every semester, we are establishing the library as a welcoming place for relaxation as well as studying. Students know we care about their well-being and their experience here at Alfred State, and we hope our efforts contribute to an overall positive college experience.”