Feeling Stressed? A Therapy Dog Can Help You!

It’s no secret that college is a stressful time for students: homework, exams, projects, group presentations! If these words scare you, you’re not alone. The Anxiety and Depression Association of America reports that anxiety disorders are one of the most common mental health problems on college campuses.  Of course, there is no substitute for getting professional help, but what if you’re only experiencing some seasonal anxiety?

Interacting with therapy dogs is a proven way to reduce anxiety, stress, and feelings of loneliness by causing a reduction in the stress hormone cortisol.

So take a well-deserved break if you’re feeling overwhelmed and know that visiting the campus therapy dogs can help you calm down!

What IS Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary?

Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary- a name you might have heard if you are a fan of dogs! But what really is it?

Old Friends is an animal shelter based in Mount Juliet, Tennessee that specializes in giving senior dogs a home and the care that they need. They do not concern themselves with the quantity of time that the dogs have left, rather the quality of the life they can provide them for that time. They house approximately 100-120 dogs at the sanctuary, while supporting almost 200 others in temporary and Forever Foster Homes. Old Friends strives to raise awareness of the joys and challenges of living with older dogs.

Senior dogs face a much greater chance of euthanasia than younger dogs because it is difficult to find adopters for them due to their shorter additional life expectancy and unknown veterinary costs. However, senior dogs make wonderful additions to families due to being mature, calm, and loving! Old Friends strives to have their dogs live out their retirement years as a beloved member of a family.

They believe that a dog’s personality just gets sweeter with time, and that even though their dogs are growing old they certainly aren’t growing up.

Read more on their official website and attend our event on Oct 31st to pick up a brochure and share your support!

Meet a Therapy Dog- Ranger

This is Ranger. He loves being on campus, getting attention, snuggles, and treats (and he knows all the people on campus who have a stash for him!) Come see him and his other therapy dog friends on Wednesday, October 31st in the 1st floor lobby of the HSS building of IUP from 12:30PM-2:00PM, and follow him on Twitter @iupranger1

Meet a Therapy Dog- Clover

Meet a Just Paws Therapy Dog!

This is Clover. She is a four year old cockapoo and loves meeting new people, going for walks, and jumping through hoops! Also, she doesn’t mind when her mom dresses her up! Come see her and her other therapy dog friends on Wednesday, October 31st in the 1st floor lobby of the HSS building of IUP from 12:30PM-2:00PM.