Mount St. Joseph University

Students get their “paws” on pet therapy dogs to ease the stress before end of the semester

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Pet therapy dogs from Therapy Pets of Greater Cincinnati will be at the College of Mount St. Joseph on Wednesday, April 17 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Quad for the Mount’s annual “De-Stress Week.”

Pet therapy dogs come to the Mount each spring for some quality cuddle time with the students who could use a break from the stress that comes with the end of a semester. The event is sponsored by the Mount’s campus Active Minds organization which holds its Stress-Out week in April. Active Minds is a national organization whose goal is to reduce the stigma associated with mental health issues.

“Research shows the simple act of petting a dog can benefit students in the reduction of stress,” said Meghan Griffin, wellness counselor at the Mount.

Therapy Pets of Greater Cincinnati has donated their time and resources for the past three years to the Mount for Stress-Out week.

In the event of rain, the pet therapy dogs will be inside the Seton Center Lobby.