Not just every day are college students able to drop what they’re doing to visit a special room on campus dedicated to hugging puppies – however, for two days at the end of every semester, the Students’ Association of Bow Valley College (SABVC) makes it possible for Bow Valley learners.
For each of the past four years, SABVC has proudly partnered with the Pacific Assistance Dogs Society (PADS) for its “Puppy Room” event, where PADS representatives visit campus with a group of young canines for BVC learners to interact with. This dual-purpose event allows students to de-stress during exam time, while training the puppies to focus on their handler’s commands in the midst of a large group. Each of the puppies brought in by SABVC are training in the PADS program to become guide dogs for individuals with a physical disability, or who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.
PADS is an organization which breeds, raises and trains certified assistance dogs, eventually partnering them with people living with disabilities. PADS dogs can also be paired with community care professionals.
“SABVC is proud of its relationship with PADS,” said SABVC Executive Director Jay Decore. “This event not only helps our students during stressful final exams, but assists in training these wonderful animals in dealing with a variety of people. It’s SABVC’s best-attended event!”
It’s something that students eagerly anticipate all semester long – after all, who wouldn’t want to spend a day at school playing with puppies?
Check out some of the photos from this semester’s Puppy Room!