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University of Minnesota offers students a furry study break

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

A group of University of Minnesota students flocked to scout out Cooper at the recreation and fitness center on a rainy day last week.

No, he’s not some studly Pilates instructor. He’s a beautiful golden retriever, one of many therapy animals the U provides to help reduce student and staff stress levels.

Four times a week throughout the U’s campuses, students can play and bond with dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, chickens, domesticated rats, even a miniature horse. While other schools may offer animals for stress relief during midterm and finals weeks, Minnesota is the only university in the country to offer a furry mental health break year-round.

Read the Star Tribune story.


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