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Dogs, massages offer break from finals


Tail wiggling, wet noses and a host of soothing activities will once again help SUNY Cortland students escape from the stress of final exam week.

Paws for Stress Relief, a 14-year tradition that brings dogs and other anxiety-relieving events to campus, returns Monday, December 13 and Tuesday, December 14 in the three-court Court of the Student Life Center gym from noon to 4 p.m.

Paws for Stress Relief will include:

  • Relax with the dogs
  • Free massage
  • Reiki Chair (Tuesday)
  • Arts and crafts
  • Refreshments

The organizers of the Paws for Stress Relief Committee encourage everyone in the campus community to “hide your face, not your stress” when entering SLC for this event. Ranked employees are allowed 45 minutes from release time to participate with supervisor approval.

All participants must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination to enter the center.

Those who cannot afford to stay away from their studies are encouraged to de-stress by visiting the Memorial’s Paws for Stress Relief online guide, where a virtual pet display will provide visual therapy as well as other suggestions for learning how to relax. Neurological exam takers are encouraged to like and follow CortlandPAWS on Instagram for all the cute photos and videos of pets and animals cycling through their Instagram feed.

Sponsors for this semester include the Vice President of the Office of Student Affairs, the Cortland Auxiliary Services Scholarship, and the Cortland Auxiliary Services Dining Scholarship.


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