ARAPAHOE COUNTY, Colo. (KDVR) — Three Arapahoe County school districts will be getting two new additions to their staff this spring.

According to Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office, therapy dogs help reduce stress and aid those experiencing anxiety and depression. The therapy dogs will also visit students with special needs.

Otis, an 8-week-old black Labrador, and Bear, an 8-week-old chocolate Labrador will be taking roles as therapy dogs, partnered with two school resource officers.

Otis will be partnered with SRO Deputy Drew Matthews, spending time between two K-12 schools in Byers and Deer Trail school districts. Mathews himself is a graduate of Byers Senior High School.

Bear will be partnered with SRO Deputy Candace Gray, the first female K-9 handler in ACSO history. Next school year, Gray and Bear will spend their time among all Cherry Creek schools in unincorporated Arapahoe County and Centennial.

“We are so proud of the partnerships we have with all these school districts. These dogs are helping kids in ways we couldn’t have imagined. They’re making a huge impact in their mental health and touching lives in very positive and meaningful ways,” said Sheriff Tyler Brown in the ACSO press release.

Arapahoe County now has five school therapy dogs including Rex, Zeke, Riley, and now Otis and Bear. Each Lab is from the same breeder. Otis and Bear are being sworn in on April 20.