Rice University students to de-stress with therapy pets during finals week, Dec. 12-14

Rice University
Office of Public Affairs / News & Media Relations

MEDIA ADVISORY

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

Amy Hodges
713-348-6777
amy.hodges@rice.edu

Rice University students to de-stress with therapy pets during finals week, Dec. 12-14

HOUSTON – (Dec. 6, 2013) – Rice University students will have the opportunity to mingle, de-stress and share hugs with dogs of various breeds during finals week, Dec. 12-14, 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 reference collection area of Fondren from 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 12, from 3 to 9 p.m. Dec. 13 and from 1 to 5 p.m. Dec. 14.

Fondren Library held its first two therapy dog sessions during finals last December and April and received overwhelmingly positive feedback from students, according to library staff members.

For more information about Faithful Paws, a program founded in 1997 and sponsored by Bellaire United Methodist Church, visit www.faithfulpawshouston.com.

Media interested in covering one of the pet therapy sessions should RSVP to Amy Hodges, senior media relations specialist at Rice, at amy.hodges@rice.edu or 713-348-6777.

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About Amy Hodges

Amy is a senior media relations specialist in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.