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Therapy Dogs to Help Ease Stress During Final Exams at Whitworth

December 7, 2018
December can be a challenging time of year for students as they take their final exams and head home for the holidays. But, a little stress relief is on the way.

 Some furry friends from Pet Partners ( will visit Whitworth’s campus for four days during finals week to help put smiles on students’ faces.

Five dogs and their handlers will be in the Harriet Cheney Cowles Memorial Library Sunday through Wednesday. Both dogs and handlers had to pass rigorous tests to be a part of the Pet Partners program.

“The Pet Partners mission is to improve human health and well-being through the human-animal bond,” says Elisabeth Van Every, Pet Partners communications & outreach coordinator. “Research has shown that the presence of therapy dogs can help reduce anxiety and improve mood. Bringing therapy dogs to college campuses can have a significant positive impact on students experiencing stress and anxiety around exams.”

Students can stop by the library to visit Dempsey, Joey, Libby, Molly or Carter on the following days:

Sunday, Dec. 9 6-7 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 10 1-3 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 11 2-3:30 p.m., 6-8 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 12 2-4 p.m.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church. The university, which has an enrollment of more than 3,000 students, offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


Marianne Bracke, associate professor, library, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4483 or

Trisha Coder, media relations manager, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4703 or