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Therapy dogs delight Mount students during end of semester crunch

May 07, 2019
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -

Mount Saint Mary College students got a helping paw from their furry friends on May 6 at the Kaplan Family Library and Learning Center.

Mount Saint Mary College students got a helping paw from their furry friends on May 6 at the Kaplan Family Library and Learning Center.

With graduation just around the corner for about 600 students, the end of the academic year can be a busy time for the Mount Saint Mary College community – but trained therapy dogs provided a break for students, faculty, and staff at the Kaplan Family Library and Learning Center on Monday, May 6.
 
The popular event has become a tradition at Mount Saint Mary College.
 
Research has indicated that watching, petting, or talking to an animal can lower blood pressure and heart rate. Interacting with animals can also reduce mental distress and lower anxiety levels – for example, during finals for college students.
 
“Wagging Tails Stress Relief” was co-sponsored by the Mount Saint Mary College Kaplan Family Library and Learning Center and the college’s Counseling Center.