Rice University students to de-stress with puppies during finals week, Dec. 5-12

David Ruth
713-348-6327
david@rice.edu

Jeff Falk
713-348-6775
jfalk@rice.edu

Rice University students to de-stress with puppies during finals week, Dec. 5-12

HOUSTON – (Dec. 3, 2012) – Rice University students will have the opportunity to mingle, de-stress and share hugs with dogs of various breeds during finals week, Dec. 5-12, at the university’s Fondren Library, 6100 Main St.

The library has asked Houston pet therapy organization Faithful Paws to bring its friendly canines to the first floor of Fondren from 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 6, 2 to 9 p.m. Dec. 7, 2 to 6 p.m. Dec. 8 and 5 to 10 p.m. Dec. 10.

“Therapy dogs have been in use at certain university libraries for a number of years, and we felt it was time to offer this chance to our Rice students,” said Kerry Keck, assistant university librarian for research services. “We hope taking a break with a friendly dog will provide a positive outlet during the stress of finals. If our student feedback is positive, we’ll plan to bring the pups back next year.”

For more information about Faithful Paws, visit www.faithfulpawshouston.com.

Media interested in covering one of the puppy sessions should RSVP to Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at jfalk@rice.edu or 713-348-6775.

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