May 02, 2018
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -
Therapy dogs from Hudson Valley Paws for a Cause visit Mount Saint Mary College during midterms so students can take a break.
With finals looming and commencement less than three weeks away, trained therapy dogs provided a break for Mount Saint Mary College students, faculty, and staff on Wednesday, May 2 at the Kaplan Family Library and Learning Center.
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.
“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.”
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.