De-stress with a furry friend at our Paws and Relax Therapy Pets Study Break

Students, are finals getting you down? Take a few moments to “paws” and de-stress on Tuesday, April 30 between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., when Emory Libraries brings back its Paws & Relax Therapy Pets Study Break to the Jones Room in the Woodruff Library.

Emory Libraries’ therapy pet study breaks have always brought smiles to the faces of stressed-out students – and sometimes to the dogs, too.

Emory students who sign up for a time slot at can spend about 10 minutes petting a dog at this study break, which is organized by Woodruff Library’s Instruction and Engagement team. And for the first time, the event will also have a therapy cat to pet in a separate room.

Studies have shown that petting a dog or cat reduces stress hormones in college students and can lower blood pressure. The last in-person pet therapy study break at the Woodruff Library was held in 2019 and drew about 400 students.

This year’s study break is in partnership with the Alliance of Therapy Dogs, a Wyoming-based organization that trains and certifies teams of therapy dogs and handlers across the country.

Related links

Dogged by finals? Sign up for the Pet Therapy Study Break

Finals hounding you? De-stress with therapy dogs (2018)