April 30, 2014

Visiting dogs to help provide stress relief

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Students and visitors at Southern Illinois University Carbondale will have the opportunity to relax this week with help from a few playful friends. 

“Dawgs and Dogs at Morris” is from 10 a.m. to noon, Thursday, May 1, and Saturday, May 3, at the north patio area and front lawn of Morris Library.   Those attending can meet and interact with service/therapy dogs from Supporting Independence through Teamwork (SIT) Service Dogs in Ava.   The service dogs are highly trained for public situations. 

A second event, “Dogs for De-Stressing,” is from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday at the campus lake boat dock.    Recreational Sports and Services and Student Health Services are teaming with the St. Francis Care no-kill animal shelter in Murphysboro to bring puppies and dogs to visit with anyone who wants to see them.  Visitors can play with the animals and take them for a walk around campus lake. 

Both events are free and open to the public.