October 16, 2019
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -
Therapy dogs helped Mount students de-stress at the Mount’s Kaplan Family Library and Learning Center.
Halloween’s on the horizon, and the spookiest thing for college students this month is midterms.
However, it was all treats and no tricks for Mount Saint Mary College students when a group of therapy dogs provided a stress-busting break on Wednesday, October 16. Dressed in their Halloween best and ready to be petted, the pups were sweeter than candy.
“The dogs are comforting for the students during this stressful time of year,” explained Orin Strauchler, assistant dean of Student Support Services and director of Counseling. “This event makes the students feel a little less tense and tired.”
Research has indicated that watching, petting, or talking to an animal can lower blood pressure and heart rate.
The animals came to the Mount via Hudson Valley Paws for a Cause. The popular event has become a tradition at Mount Saint Mary College.
“Wagging Tails Stress Relief” was co-sponsored by the Mount Saint Mary College Kaplan Family Library and Learning Center, the Counseling Center, and Health Services. The event took place at the Kaplan Family Library and Learning Center.