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Club Spotlight: Animal Therapy Club

Members of the Animal Therapy Club include (from left) Treasurer Alayzza Solis, President Gisselle Solis, Adviser Denise Silcox and Vice President Tyra McCullough. Lesley Robles/The Rider

Name: Animal Therapy Club

Purpose: To bring cognitive, social and emotional healing to students and the community using interactive animal-assisted therapy. The club informs others about the human animal bond, the application of animal assistance in rehabilitation, and advocates for causes concerning people with disabilities and assistive animals.

President: Gisselle Solis

Vice President: Tyra McCullough

Secretary: Yaritza Garza

Treasurer: Alayzza Solis

Adviser: Clinical Assistant Professor Denise Silcox

Activities: Stress-reducing events before midterms and finals, such as Paws to Relax, Doggy Yoga during the spring semester, DOGA, and Paws to Read, which uses therapy dogs to help children’s confidence in reading.

Meetings: 12:15 to 1 p.m.Wednesday in EHABE 1.124.

Membership requirements: All majors are welcome.

For more information, email: gisselle.solis01@utrgv.edu

Compiled by Lesley Robles

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