The HJF Library began partnering with K-9 S.T.A.R.S. to provide students with a way to relieve stress during finals week. Scientific studies have shown that pet ownership and animal interaction increase oxytocin levels in the body. Oxytocin is a hormone that reduces anxiety and stress levels. Petting a dog and relaxing with the animals helps students take a break from their studies, de-stress, and even improve their memory.
The K-9 S.T.A.R.S. therapy dogs will be in the HJF Learning Center on Sunday, May 4th from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm. Stop in to meet some amazing dogs and volunteers!