Students preparing for their upcoming HSC took a ‘paws’ when Molly and Eadie came in to Bowral Library for a study break.
Molly, Eadie and their humans, Andrew Feros and Jo Nicholls, are volunteers at Paws Pet Therapy, a not for profit organisation that trains volunteers and their dogs to spread a little joy in the community.
Founder and CEO Sharon Stewart said the organisation, which began in the Southern Highlands in 2012, had just trained its 200th team as demand for pet therapy services was ever growing.
“We can never meet the demand and we’re always looking for volunteers. More and more people are recognising the benefits,” Ms Stewart said.
“All you need to see are the smiles on everyone’s faces when you walk in to know that it helps,” she said.
Bowral Library has employed the services of Paws Pet Therapy twice a week from September to October 16 to help relieve the anxiety of studying for exams.
“There are a lot of physiological benefits: reduced anxiety, lowered blood pressure. Being around animals encourages people to take their mind of their own problems for a while,” Ms Stewart said.
In addition to the twice weekly visit to Bowral Library, another team will make visits to the Old Town Hall.
“We have an extra team visiting the town hall for a extra bit of help,” Ms Stewart said.
If you and your dog would like to volunteer, visit: https://www.pawspettherapy.com/
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