The following article was written for April Fool’s Day 2016
Starting April 1, stressed students, faculty and staff may borrow from Steenbock Library’s extensive Therapy Cat collection.
The collection, originally invented as a way to augment the dog-centric therapy typically offered at the library, promises to be a huge hit among frazzled students.
Buck Mustelidae, senior Animal Sciences major, checked out “Goose,” a fluffy Persian, for the weekend break. “The cats are actually trained to purr at a certain pitch that has been scientifically shown to reduce stress. It is amazing how calm I immediately felt.”
Each purrfect companion is available for a 3-day loan. Bring a valid UW-Madison identification card to room 608 (6th floor) to browse the collection.
While initially concerned about the upkeep costs of the Therapy Cats program, Steenbock staff eventually opened their doors–and their hearts–to the idea. “Most librarians have at least a dozen cats at home, so this was a natural fit for us,” commented library staffer, Nancy Dewey.
Steenbock Library has made headlines in the past for cat-related news. The Huffington Post reported on mysteriously photocopied cats popping up around the library. Staff stresses that the Therapy Cats program is not associated. “Our cat licensing requirements absolutely do not allow for copies being made,” clarified Dewey.
April 1, 2016