Students at Emory University in Atlanta received a special treat during finals week. According to CNN, an organization called CanineAssistants brought in service dogs to help relieve some of the students' stress.
The canines are raised to help children and adults with disabilities, however, they volunteer at hospitals and schools during the training process. Students lined up to take turns petting the dog while taking a break from studying. Each person is allowed 10 minutes with the animal and the dozen canines provided by the organization work in two-hour shifts.
Other schools are offering similar programs to their students. According to the source, Marquette University works with a group called Health Heelers. They also provide animal-assisted therapy for people in need.
"You see [students'] shoulders drop and see them smile," Chris Daood, a member of Marquette University's counseling center, told the source. "This is a great way for them to keep life in perspective. That really is the most significant part of the program. With academic stress, it's not uncommon for students to get tunnel vision during finals. Five minutes with a cat or dog, it clears their head."
Health Heelers works with people to screen and train their own cat, dog or even bunny to become a therapy pet.
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