The SAIT student association is apparently considering staging another Pet-a-Puppy event next spring, after the first-ever puppy room attracted a mob of stressed-out dog lovers on Thursday Oct. 10. The canine love-in was part of SAITSA’s Mental Health Awareness Day.
“We had amazing success. We had 30 people lined up before 10 a.m. to sign up for the puppy room,” said Vice President Student Life, Amanda Hanna. The room wasn’t scheduled to open until 11:30.
The puppy room originally had 315 spaces available for students to come and socialize with seven of man’s best friends. But by 1 p.m., more than 400 students got the chance to come and see the four-legged stars of the show.
“We’re looking at bringing the puppy room back next semester before exams. It’s still in the works though,” said a very cheery Hanna on Friday, Oct. 11.
Volunteers from the Pet Access League Society (PALS) were “overwhelmed by the gratitude” students showed towards the pups and were delighted by how happy students looked after their visit.
“You can see the reaction of people change when they come into contact with the dogs. They get a good energy from them,” said one of PALS volunteers who came and helped make the puppy room such a success.
“It was fun, I thought it was a great way to wind down especially with midterms next week,” said first year software development student, Ryan Mroczek.
In all, seven dogs were on hand for the event, including a Newfoundland, a border collie, a golden retriever, a bulldog and a Labrador-poodle cross.
While many of the students who took part were female, a sprinkling of guys also trekked through the puppy room, which took place in the Ambrosia Room, in the Student Centre.
Students were admitted in groups of about a dozen at a time. Each student had about 10 minutes to pat the pooches.