Houston County nonprofit helps students at WSU


Touching Moments, the nonprofit group based in Houston County that offers animal assisted activities, was once again invited to Winona State University to help students de-stress from the rigors of finals.

Four Touching Moments therapy dogs were staged at the campus wellness center on Dec. 6 from 1-3 p.m. so students could stop in between classes and visit.

The campus group Warriors L.E.A.D. sponsored the program. The organization aims to help students become individual, group and community leaders.

“The dogs were a welcome sight and a much needed break for students studying for exams. Many of the students commented that they felt relaxed and enjoyed interacting with the dogs. Some told stories of their pets at home and how they looked forward to seeing them during winter break,” Shelley Ellingson of Touching Moments said.

Over 225 students enjoyed the relaxing benefits of time with a furry companion. “The visits are a fun way for students to release a little stress and anxiety before final exams,” Ellingson added.

This is the second time Touching Moments has been invited on the WSU campus, and Ellingson said she hopes the visits become more regular and part of the college’s effort to promote wellness on campus.

To find out more visit http://www.touchmoments.org/.


–Emily Bialkowski