SUNY Oswego students relieve stress with therapy animals

OSWEGO, N.Y. — Studies show that pets can relieve stress and anxiety in humans. Colleges nationwide have introduced events where they bring therapy animals on campus before and during finals week. 

This is the first semester SUNY Oswego hosted a new kind of pet therapy event. They school created a Cat Cafe. The idea originated from Shannon France, a graduate student at SUNY Oswego. Her goal was to help alleviate the stress that comes along with finals week. 

“I came here tonight because finals week is stressful, and my friends and I thought this would be a good opportunity to destress,” Kerns said. 

Throughout the academic school year, SUNY Oswego has had several events where therapy animals such as dogs and cats come to the library as well as different dormitories. This was just one additional opportunity to destress, organizers said.

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