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Therapy dogs bring comfort to campus

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Treasure Franklin

Freshman Forum brought some much-needed relaxation to campus with three shelter dogs for students to unwind with.

The dogs were borrowed from the Florence-Lauderdale Animal Services. Available dogs were Mattias and Mortimer, two Labrador mixes; Claire, a terrier-American Staffordshire mix; and Smiley, an Australian Shepard mix.

Freshman Forum member Grace Anthony was given the idea by her own passion for mental health awareness. 

“I’m a big proponent for mental health awareness, and I know how much dogs can help your mental health, because I have six dogs at home,” said Anthony.

The main goal of the event was to help students wind down and decompress during the midterm season. The dogs are all available to adopt as well.

“[The turnout] was good,” Anthony said. “A lot of people were seeming to enjoy it.”

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Emma Tanner, Editor-in-Chief
Emma is Editor-in-Chief of the Flor-Ala. She is a senior from Killen, Ala. She is pursuing a bachelor's degree in Mass Communications with a concentration in journalism and digital media. She was previously Managing Editor for the spring 2023 semester. She also served as News Editor from Jan. 2022 to Dec. 2022. She was previously a volunteer writer. Her favorite topics to cover are profiles and local news. Tanner has written since her childhood and grew a passion for journalism during high school. Aside from working on the Flor-Ala, she was also a research assistant for a psychological study at UNA and served as CASE ambassador president for the Fall 2022 semester.
Treasure Franklin, Deputy Chief Photographer
Treasure Franklin is a junior majoring in Psychology with a minor in Applied Behavior Analysis. She is a member of the LaGrange Society, Student Government Association (SGA), and is in the Cole Honors College, as well as the Presidential Mentor's Academy. She is currently serving as a Staff Photographer; she has previously served as the website editor, and she has been a volunteer photographer/writer with The Flor-Ala since August of 2021.

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