Therapy Dogs Bring Love To Sac State

The Thanksgiving break is over at Sac State and students are back in class, writing papers and preparing for finals. And the university is providing a little furry stress relief and smile therapy.

Imagine you're a freshman at Sac State, away from home for the first time. You're stressed out over projects...it seems like every spare minute is spent in the library. Now imagine exiting the library and seeing the sweet face of Abbey the miniature schnauzer or Slipper the bunny. 

"After they pet them they say 'Oh, I feel so much better,'" says Susan Portney, a volunteer with the Sacramento SPCA. They partner with Sac State to bring therapy dogs to campus several times per year. 

Marny Musser is volunteer coordinator for Sacramento SPCA. She says the animals always bring a smile to student's faces. "Like this one girl she said "I just had to write five papers yesterday. And this is good. I feel much better now petting a bunny."

Some of the students are away from home for the first time and miss their own pets back home. 

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