Therapy dogs delight Mount students during mid-semester crunch
March 09, 2017
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -
Jake, a yellow lab, helps students de-stress at the Mount’s
Kaplan Family Library and Learning Center.
With midterms lurking, the days leading up to Spring Break can
be a demanding time for the Mount Saint Mary College community, but
trained therapy dogs provided a break for students, faculty, and
staff on March 8 at the Kaplan Family Library and Learning
The animals, dressed in festive St. Patrick’s Day costumes, came
to the Mount via Hudson Valley Paws for a Cause.
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 midterms 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 popular event has become a tradition at Mount Saint Mary
“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.