Puppies found new friends and homes on Southeastern Louisiana University’s campus during a de-stressing adoption event on Mar. 20, 2018.
In collaboration with Dog People of Livingston and Tangipahoa Animal Control, Southeastern’s Campus Activities Board put together an event full of puppy cuddles in the student union park. From Catahoulas to German Shepherds and even baby Labradors, several breeds of dogs were up for adoption and snuggles during the event.
“Everyone was having such a blast,” freshman art education major Marley Besse said. “We all were chatting and taking the cutest pictures of the dogs there. It was the best therapy session!”
Other students such as freshman history major Analene McCullough said that it was a good way to take minds off of the stress of college.
“Petting the puppies was a de-stressor from a busy day, week, month and year,” she said.
Students swarmed around play pin gates from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the student union park where tents were set up by CAB to play with the puppies. Some of the dogs were separated by puppy play pins, and some were walking on leashes or getting hugs from students.
“To be able to take a break between classes, especially during midterms, and play with puppies is such a great mood booster and stress reliever,” senior biology major Crystal Lowe said. “Being able to love on a puppy even for a minute or so helps take your mind off the stresses of school for a short while.”
According to freshman vocal performance major Jessie Dunlap, “puppies have magical healing abilities” which made the event even more enjoyable. Students were able to hold and pet the puppies of their choice while the patient pups got to embrace the attention.
According to the adoption organizations, several of the adoption candidates found their fur-ever homes during the event, but even students who could not adopt still felt the love from the animals.
Freshman mechanical engineering major Amber Ashton said she wished she could have given one of the puppies a new home but that she enjoyed cuddling and bonding with them. “Even though I was unable to get one myself, I was able to spread information about them,” she said.
Though not everyone could give a puppy a new home, sophomore new media/animation major Jacob Shaver said that finding his new friend Tilly and giving her a “fur-ever” home was his favorite part o the event as a whole.
“[The experience of adopting] was great and pretty simple,” Shaver said. “The price isn’t even bad either, it’s only $125 to fully adopt and $25 down to secure your fuzzy friend.”
For the duration of the event, students drifted to and from Puppy Pawlooza cuddling the puppies, taking pictures, talking with friends and interacting with the adoption agencies.
Students like junior business management major Kami Weidenbacher and sophomore communication and science disorders major Alexa Henson took special notice of the staffs from Dog People of Livingston and Tangipahoa Animal Shelter. Weidenbacher and Henson said that the staffs were very friendly.
See some of the action in the video below
Anyone interested in adopting one of the puppies from Dog People of Livingston Parish or Tangipahoa Animal Control can contact the agencies for more information.