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Snuggle Therapy

Human Services students Olivia Sund and Ashley Hurlbut collaborated with a Bellingham non-profit to bring animals to Red Square earlier this year for some quick stress relief for students. Animals as Natural Therapy brought rabbits, dogs, roosters and mini-horses to Red Square during midterms. The animals, accustomed to being held by people, seemed to enjoy the attention. Here, senior Hannah Fenske holds one of the two rabbits brought to Western. Photo by Dylan Koutsky

Photo by Dylan Koutsky

Sophomore Miranda Smedley cuddles one of the rabbits brought to campus to help students relax during midterms. Photo by Dylan Koutsky

Sophomore Krista Wagner peers over sophomore Emma Anderson's shoulder to catch a peek of Juan the rooster. Photo by Dylan Koutsky

Human Services students Olivia Sund and Ashley Hurlbut collaborated with a Bellingham non-profit to bring animals to Red Square earlier this year for some quick stress relief for students. Animals as Natural Therapy brought rabbits, dogs, roosters and mini-horses to Red Square during midterms. The animals, accustomed to being held by people, seemed to enjoy the attention. Photo by Dylan Koutsky

Sophomore Bre Soliz pets the rabbit in junior Jessica Lawler’s arms. Photo by Dylan Koutsky

The relaxed rabbit rests in Lawler’s arms as Soliz pets it. Animals have been shown to have a calming effect on people, which is why two students decided to bring them to campus during midterms as part of a class project. Photo by Dylan Koutsky

Senior Olivia Sund talks to students about animals she and human services classmate senior Ashley Hurlbut brought to campus in collaboration with Animals as Natural Therapy for a service-learning project. Photo by Dylan Koutsky