Pet Therapy winds down for the year

Apr. 15, 2022 — DENTON — During its inaugural year, TWU’s Pet Therapy program has helped to paws-itively impact student health and wellbeing. 

For the 2021-2022 year, the program has served 534 students through 10 visit dates and recently completed a training program for 14 new volunteers so they can grow the program to meet student needs. 

According to Stephanie Brown, AVP for Student Enrichment, Health and Support, who oversees the program, students are coming for multiple visits and seem to enjoy seeing the dogs on campus. 

Feedback seems to be positive, with one student commenting, “Petting a dog brings out the best in me, and also when you go there, everyone is so happy!”

As part of its ongoing effort, the program is encouraging students to submit pet photos to and be featured on TWU Pet Therapy’s social media during Pet Appreciation Week, May 1-7.

“Our pets love us unconditionally, help reduce feelings of loneliness and stress and help us to connect to one another,” said Brown. “We hope students will join us in giving them the recognition they deserve.”

In addition to participating in Pet Appreciation Week, students should mark their calendars for the final pet therapy opportunity of the spring semester on May 3 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Garden Room at Brackenridge Hall. Sessions are free, but students should bring a valid TWU ID.



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