The Jersey Library held its first canine therapy session to help people experience bonding with animals.
Staff said Thursday’s event was a success and hoped it would become a regular service.
Their work, run by Therapy Dogs across the country, aims to help people with loneliness, anxiety and stress by sharing time with animals.
Head librarian Ed Jewell said, “Anyone can stop by and pick up a book at the same time.”
“While we hope this will become a regular event, we will publish all other books and resources as well.
“So if you want to pick up something on your way to see your dog, or if you have to wait a little longer, pick up a book on the way.
He said the sessions would be an opportunity for children to “get used” to interacting with animals.
“One thing we’ve noticed is that many people, especially in towns, don’t have room for pets in their homes or can’t take care of them.
“So they don’t have the contact that other people might have.”
“I like fur”
Ro Cox of Therapy Dogs Nationwide said participating pets are “specially valued” and have “extremely good dispositions”, allowing them to enter settings such as hospitals and nursing homes. .
“Any dog lover knows that if you have a dog, just sitting there and petting it is very relaxing.
“It gives you a great feeling of happiness.”
Cox, who has three therapy dogs himself, said the library had caused a “turmoil” of people wanting “furry animals.”