William Woods University students will get to “Hang with the Hounds” twice in coming days to help relieve mid-term stress.
The Central Missouri Humane Society will bring puppies and adult dogs to campus Thursday, Oct. 8. Students will be able to play with the animals on Tucker Lawn between noon and 3 p.m.
Puppies with Purpose, a Columbia non-profit organization, will provide canines from 3 to 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12, also on Tucker lawn.
“Hanging with the Hounds” is part of a Mentor/Mentee project of the Social Work Department. William Woods University’s long-standing Mentor/Mentee program provides faculty and students an opportunity to collaborate on research projects.
This year, Ryan Stocker, a junior social work and psychology major from Fenton, Missouri, is working with Dr. Elizabeth Wilson, associate professor and director of the social work program.
Together they are researching the effects of recreational activities on the mental and physical well-being of students. They will host multiple stress-relieving events this semester, including adult coloring, kickball and hula hoops.
“This program has helped me a lot when it comes to my skills as a researcher,” said Stocker. “Although this program is much smaller in scale than the services I will be looking into later in life, it helps to develop the skills that I will definitely need down the road.”
The two organizations bringing dogs to William Woods differ in their missions, but both are pleased to participate in “Hanging with the Hounds.”
By raising and socializing puppies to become assistance dogs, Puppies with Purpose is decreasing the shortage of service dogs available to persons with cognitive or physical disabilities.
University of Missouri students volunteer to socialize the puppies who then go on to receive the rest of their training through Puppies with Purposes’ parent organization, Canine Helpers Allow More Possibilities (CHAMP) at the Women’s Eastern Reception, Diagnostic and Correction Center in Vandalia, Missouri.
The Central Missouri Humane Society exists to prevent and alleviate suffering and uncontrolledreproduction of companion animals with emphasis on public education, adoption and providing basic veterinary services for underserved pet owners.
“CMHS is so excited to come visit William Woods for the day,” said Brooke Turk, the community event coordinator for the Central Missouri Humane Society. (We are) thrilled that we were getting involved with another university.”
For more information, contact Elizabeth Wilson at Elizabeth.firstname.lastname@example.org or (573) 592-4271.