Therapy dogs are being appreciated these days in a wide variety of settings, from funeral homes to law school libraries. Yes, that’s right. You can now check out Monty from the Yale Law Library for up to 30 minutes. This is just a pilot program at the moment, but I could see this becoming a permanent part of the services that the library provides to stressed out law students. A letter to the law school students indicates that this service will begin on March 28th, and states “It is well documented that visits from therapy dogs have resulted in increased happiness, calmness, and overall emotional well-being.” They also lower anxiety and stress levels, which must run high among law school students.
Grief Therapy Dogs
In Ohio, a funeral home has found that the presence of a therapy dog seems to be consoling to mourners. Terry Palmer at Fawcett, Oliver, Glass and Palmer Funeral Home decided to allow the presence of a Labrador Retriever after seeing the effect he had on the families. He is now a fixture.
Delta Societyis a non-profit organization that is keen on helping people incorporate animals in their lives in a variety of ways. They are also involved in research about the human-animal bond. If you are interested in learning more about therapy dogs Delta is a great resource.