Boylan service dog helps students deal with anxiety, stress

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- A new face is roaming the halls at Boylan High School, but this one looks a little different.

Addie, the service dog is spending her first week at Boylan. She helps students deal with anxiety and stress.

Mary Olofson, the school's wellness program coordinator, searched for a year to find just the right dog.

Addie was rescued from a high-kill shelter in Alabama and lived with a foster family in Wisconsin.

"A lot of students struggle with depression, and simply being able to hug Addie and hold onto her, that really just... it dries the tears. It helps them to just breathe normally; it brings a smile to their face. I feel like she's the most popular girl in school right now," Olofson said.

At night, Addie goes home with Olofson and then spends the whole school day in her office.