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Stressed out students at Northwest Community College can get some puppy love

Lola, a St. John Ambulance certified therapy dog.

Lola, a St. John Ambulance certified therapy dog.

Therapy dogs are hanging out at NWCC’s Terrace campus during final exams to help students cope with stress.

Hana Niemi with Lola at the NWCC bookstore in Terrace.

Hana Niemi with Lola at the NWCC bookstore in Terrace.

Some of the dogs are certified through St. John Ambulance as therapy dogs, while others are going through training or have been recently rescued.

Hana Niemi is with the St. John Ambulance therapy dog program, she also works at the NWCC bookstore and organized drop-in the dog therapy sessions.

She says the dogs are a great distraction for students.

The St. John Ambulance dog therapy program is Canada-wide, and Niemi says they’re always looking for more people to volunteer locally with their dogs.

To be eligible, dogs have to be at least two years old, and have a good temperament, and successfully pass a training program.

The dogs and their owners then are allowed to visit to different facilities.

Niemi says they often visit hospitals, care homes, and wherever the comfort of a therapy dog is requested.

The therapy dog schedule at NWCC can be found here.

If you’re interested in becoming a volunteer, or want to schedule therapy dogs for your organization, you can send an email to this address: TerraceTD@bc.sja.ca.

Amber is a recent rescue dog.

Amber is a recent rescue dog.

 

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