CUW students love the on-campus comfort dog Zoey. As Zoey celebrates her 5th birthday, a second comfort dog will be a part of campus.
Bringing a canine friend for Zoey to campus is being headed up by CUW’s newly formed Comfort Dog Club. Samantha Stohlman is one of the club’s executive board members, and has been excited to work on fundraising for the expenses of the new dog.
“We’re getting the new comfort dog for the Health Sciences department. It’ll be different than Zoey’s role, she’s specifically designed to be here to help the students and work in the counseling center. The new one will be awesome for health majors, developing their program, and helping them get certified in comfort dog training, and use that in their practices,” said Stohlman.
The new comfort dog will work with the campus’ Health Sciences clinic, and fundraising has been successful.
“We did a crowdfunding site online, and people donated. We went to the Residence Halls on campus so that the different halls could compete to raise funds. Additionally, one of Zoey’s dog food providers doubled the money, so that if we reached $10,000, they’d give us $10,000 more. So, we already reached our goal, and will be using the extra for program development,” said Stohlman.
According to the CUW website, Zoey has done exciting work with CUW recently. Zoey traveled to Sandy Hook Elementary in late 2012 to aid victims of the school shooting and Orlando in June 2016 to comfort victims of the Pulse Nightclub shooting.
Although the club has reached the initial goal for the main fundraiser, they are still accepting donations. According to Stohlman, the club would love to send students along on trips with the dog, or expand the comfort dog program.
Donations can be made through an online platform called Crowdrise, with this link: https://www.crowdrise.com/cuw-comfort-dog