Follow CBSMIAMI.COM: Facebook | Twitter

PARKLAND (CBSMiami/AP) — The Parkland, Florida high school where 17 people were killed in a mass shooting in February is getting an official therapy dog to help students who need emotional support.

READ MORE: Overnight Fire in Fort Lauderdale Condo Leaves One Dead, Second Hospitalized

 

River, a 3-month-old female Bernese mountain dog-poodle mix, has been adopted by Ray and Diana Haneski.

Diana is a library media specialist at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where she helped shelter 50 kids during the attack.

Now she’ll be able to take River, donated by Utah Bernedoodles, into the school each day, to be available for anyone who needs comforting.

READ MORE: Miami Police Department Sees Record Number of Applications In Hours

According to her Twitter feed, she held a “Yappy Hour” Thursday night at a Coral Springs pizzeria for anyone who wanted to come and meet River.

 

As she tries to prepare herself to return to the school, she said, “River’s going to help in the future with a lot of struggles and trouble.”

School starts Wednesday, August 15 in Broward County.

MORE NEWS: Banksy 'Charlie Brown' Sells For $4 Million, While Child Prodigy Thrills Crowd With His Artwork

(© Copyright 2018 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)