Cuddly doggies cheer up stressed students during finals
Cute cuddly puppies were the stress reliever for students studying hard in the library this week.
The Lied Library partnered with Love Dog Adventures, an animal-assisted therapy program, to bring dogs to campus to provide much needed love to faculty and students. The program partnered with Nevada State College earlier this year.
Su Kim Chung, a librarian in Special Collections, organized the event when she found out from a colleague at Nevada State College that the program was held there to big success. She decided to hold the event on the week before finals because she felt that it contributed to the library helping out the students.
“We picked exam week because we knew the students would be stressed,” said Chung. “It’s just part of our overall program to support study week and students.”
Love Dog Adventures, founded by Sue Grundfest who is also a Licensed Delta Pet Partner Instructor and Evaluator, partners with many others such as reading groups and children, to provide certified therapy dogs. The organization operates on volunteer pet owners who have to test for many elements to verify for security and safety — a unique evaluation that tests both owners and their pets. Grundfest was contacted by Chung and she came to UNLV for two days, providing stressed students and faculty with loving, adorable dogs.
Over 500 students attended Tuesday and over 400 on Wednesday. The library was surprised by the turnout. The event is a common one at universities, but this is UNLV’s first time hosting.
Outreach Librarian Rosan Mitolo said, “I think [the event] was wildly successful. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive.”
“It was so successful that we are planning to do it again for spring finals!” Chung added.
Love Dog Adventures will be going to NSC next week and then will come back to UNLV in May before spring finals.