Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students were greeted with therapy dogs to cope with the aftermath of the Parkland shooting upon returning to class Wednesday in Florida.
The therapy dogs belonged to the Humane Society of Broward County and the furry friends attended classes with the students, reported the New York Post. Therapy dogs “work with a handler to provide affection and comfort to members of the public,” added the Humane Society. The organization also noted the dogs can stay at the high school as long as needed for the students to recover following memories of the horrific massacre by 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz who killed 17 individuals and wounded 16 others on Feb. 14.
“The attention and affection of an animal is often a source of relief during difficult times like these,” said Marni Bellavia, the manager of the Animal Assisted Therapy Program at the Humane Society.
The Humane Society tweeted a picture of one of their comfort dogs in a class surrounded by students. The dogs also “provided unconditional love and comfort,” they tweeted.
Today our therapy dogs welcomed the students back to school. They participated in classes all day, made lots of new friends and provided unconditional love and comfort. It’s an honor to be part of the comfort and healing process at MSD. #MSDStrong #ReclaimTheNest #TherapyDogs pic.twitter.com/iGOac9XXDU
— HumaneBrowardAAT (@AATHSBC) February 28, 2018
Upon arrival to school, students were also greeted by armed police officers and ponies, reported Naples Daily News.
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