Every Wednesday, the Tom Green County Library – Angelo West Branch brings in therapy dogs for the community to enjoy.
SAN ANGELO, Texas — The Tom Green County Library – Angelo West Branch is open five days a week, serving as a place for people in the community to do things like check out books, decompress and hold special events. But one particular event they hold on Wednesdays involves dogs and therapy.
This library partnered with therapy dog organization Therapaws to bring dogs to the library from 3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. every Wednesday. Therapaws organizer and volunteer Kathy Tomei says these dogs are trained to make people’s day better.
“The main purpose of having the dogs and doing this is to bring smiles to people and to encourage kids to read. Dogs that are friendly like this don’t like to see people upset or unhappy,” Tomei explained.
A therapy dog is a dog that is trained to provide affection, comfort and support to people.
Therapaws has more than a dozen recurring monthly visits that are scheduled at a variety of locations including nursing homes, memory care units, elementary school reading programs, several hospital units and a local girls home. They also coordinated occasional visits at the San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo, Goodfellow Air Force Base and at special events for Angelo State University and for Alcohol & Drug Abuse Council for the Concho Valley.
Trisha Corbell’s dog Cosmo has been a therapy dog for eight years and she said her dog has enjoyed it.
“Coming to the library and introducing kids to the animals, especially those who don’t like to read or have trouble reading, they’re able to get used to reading and can practice reading to the dogs and the dogs will just sit there and listen,” Corbell said.
The group is open to anyone who would like to join and they welcome new members. The only requirements are that your dog is currently on their certification through Alliance of Therapy Dogs.