Destressing before finals with Compassionate Paws

Jocelyn Sam and Franklin
Jocelyn Sam takes time to destress from finals by holding Franklin.


Compassionate Paws brings therapy animals to the Georgia Highlands Library at the Floyd campus on December 4.

Franklin the rat brought peace to those who interacted with him. Although unconventional, Franklin enjoyed being pet and fed by students taking a break from studying for finals. Sparrow the dog also came to the library to spread the love. Sparrow is a bit shy but eventually, with the help of treats, warmed up to the students.


Franklin the rat
Franklin the rat observes the students.
Gauge Floyd and Sparrow
Gauge Floyd relaxes with Sparrow in the library.
Xzavier Howard and Franklin
Xzavier Howard holds Franklin in his “rat burrito.” Photos by Penelope Stephens.