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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!

About Us

Welcome to the official blog of IUP for Old Friends, a student run charitable campaign aiming to raise money for Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary.

I am partnering with IUP Sociology club and Just Paws therapy dogs to bring you a brief sigh of relief during your busy day.

On Wednesday, October 31st (Yes, Halloween!), from 12:30PM-2PM in the first floor lobby of the Humanities and Social Sciences building (behind the library) the Just Paws therapy dogs will be making an appearance. This is free of charge and open to anyone who wants to come- and some of the dogs will be dressed in costumes for the occasion.

Although, as stated, this is free of charge, we are encouraging everyone who comes to visit to leave a donation to Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary. OFSDS is a registered charitable organization based in Tennessee who strives to give elderly dogs a comfortable and loving place to live out the remainder of their days. With over 100 dogs on their premise, all needing to eat, live in a clean environment, and have the occasional surgery (as elder dogs do) Old Friends needs your help. Cash donations and PayPal donations would be greatly appreciated. Also, if you prefer to know exactly where your money is going, Old Friends has an Amazon wish list I will be handing out URL’s for.

Be sure to tell your friends that you know where to go when you need a break, and that there will be dogs in costumes waiting for you, as well as elderly dogs hoping you can help them.