Therapy Relief

December 17, 2012

Left to right: Julie Mihalcik, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, pets Suzanne Lee’s Shih Tzu “Cocoa” (in carriage); TDI representative Suzanne Lee (standing behind carriage); Sue Edmonds, Typist for Business Technology, Health Professions and Information Technology, holds Lee’s other Shih Tzu “Jet”; TDI representative Joanne Rossario, owner of Weimaraner “Mimi,” who is being petted by Sonnet Gravina, Instructor of Mathematics (front center), TDI representative June Selby with her Shih Tzu “Webster,” and Susan MacLeod, Instructor of Biology (kneeling far right)

Fulton-Montgomery Community College students and staff received some needed relief during the College’s final exam week as representatives from Therapy Dogs International (TDI) stopped by the campus with their therapy dogs.

According to TDI’s website, TDI is a volunteer organization dedicated to regulating, testing, and the registration of therapy dogs and their volunteer handlers for the purpose of visiting nursing homes, hospitals, and other institutions where therapy dogs are needed.

FM’s “Hands for Animals” club, whose mission is to help animals of all kinds and assist local shelter animals with finding their forever homes, sponsored the visit. “Final exam week is a stressful time for students and we wanted to provide some relief for students and staff,” said club co-president Torie Polywoda. “What better way to do this than by petting a furry friend?”


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