SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield College Public Safety introduced their first comfort dog on Tuesday.
The miniature Australian Labradoodle named “Rookie” is set to accompany officers on calls for students that might be going through an emotional time to produce them immediate front-line comfort. The arrival of the new comfort dog of the College Department of Public Safety is made possible because of the support of MiraVista, whose facilities in Holyoke offer inpatient psychiatric and behavioral health care to adults and adolescents as well as outpatient substance use services.
Kimberley Lee of MiraVista told 22News, “He still has little bit of a ways to go in terms of his training until he’s ready to start engaging students, engaging with the community.”
Comfort dogs and their representatives from Harvard University, Yale University, Brown University, Western New England University, Springfield Police Department, and the Hampden Country Sheriff’s Department will be there to support the 8-week-old pup’s introduction.
Rookie’s introduction took place Tuesday morning at the Cleveland E. and Phyllis B. Dodge Room, Flynn Campus Union at Springfield College.