LSU looking for 'mellow' pets for Animal Assisted Therapy program
POSTED: Friday, September 20, 2013 - 7:00pm
UPDATED: Friday, September 20, 2013 - 7:04pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — If you have a dog or cat with a mellow personality, you could both make a big difference in people's lives.
LSU is looking for pets to join its Animal Assisted Therapy program.
They team up the pets with students in the AG School, and then spend time visiting hospitals and nursing homes.
It's one of the only programs in the country where students get to train with the animals.
They find just having the dog or cat around can quickly improve a patient's day.
"Their (a patient’s) blood pressure could actually come down immediately. You saw when the students were walking in - the smiles on their faces,” stated AG School Associate Dean Betsy Garrison. “It would've been interesting to see if they had already felt better, and maybe lowered their blood pressure."
LSU is holding a training session next Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. at the LSU Vet School. The pet owners need to be able to give up a couple hours a month.