A Brief History of #PetsAtPark

Park Library has hosted therapy pet visits during exams since the Fall 2011 semester, and we always have a paw-fectly wonderful time! While we started with just therapy dogs, in 2014 we started hosting cats as well. All of the pets that visit are licensed therapy pets or service dogs-in-training.

Therapy pets help students, faculty, and staff ease their stress during exams. Laurel Rabschutz & Jo Ann Reynolds’ wonderful article Studying for Exams Just Got More Relaxing: Animal-Assisted Activities at the University of Connecticut Library provides an overview of the benefits of therapy pet visits as well as a useful guide for running a therapy pet event.

In the News

  • Harry Lynch photographed our event in December 2012 for the News & Observer and the photos made it onto Norwalk, CT’s The Hour.
  • Also in December 2012, the University Gazette wrote this article about the history of therapy pet events at UNC.
  • WRAL took some great photographs of our therapy pets event in April 2014.
  • UNC followed therapy dog Whiskey and her handler Silvia Kreda as they went about their day and shot this cute video.
  • Archie the therapy cat was featured in this News & Observer article.

Pet Photo Gallery

Gallery of Fliers