SPCA Dog Therapy Program December 2014

Dog therapists on holiday

The SPCA Dog Therapy program is coming back to the Law Library beginning Monday, December 8th. Dog therapy is designed to be a fun stress-reliever for our busy students, a gift of some happy-go-lucky play with a furry friend as relief from studying. So take a break and let one of these trained, friendly dogs help you forget all about the law for a few minutes.

Our doggie “therapists” will be located on the fourth floor of the 200 McAllister building in the Library. Students are welcome to sign up for 10-minute stress break sessions. All dogs are friendly and trained and accompanied by experienced SPCA volunteers. Sign-up sheets and more information can be found at the Library circulation desk.

Dogs therapy is being offered in Study Room 412 in the Library at the following times:

Monday, December 8th, 2014 10:30-12:00 Prancer & Dasher Cavalier King Charles Spaniels
Monday, December 8th, 2014 2:00 – 3:30 Brixton Golden Retriever
Tuesday, December 9th, 2014 10:30-12:00 Frisco Labrador
Tuesday, December 9th, 2014 2:00 – 3:30 Boudreaux Tibetan Terrier
Wednesday, December 10th, 2014 10:30-12:00 Sokka Golden Retriever
Wednesday, December 10th, 2014 2:00 – 3:30 Enrique Labrador
Thursday, December 11th, 2014 10:30-12:00 Hank German Shepard / Terrier Mix
Thursday, December 11th, 2014 2:00 – 3:30 Latke Havanese


Chuck Marcus
UC Hastings College of the Law Library

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