College students experience intense stress and anxiety during mid-term and finals weeks. Considerable research has indicated that when people interact with pets, their level of cortisol – or the stress hormone – decreases, while endorphins or – in the canine world, the happiness hormone – increases, which makes pet therapy at college campuses such a healthful idea. Lower stress = greater performance!
C.A.T. therapy teams regularly visit college campuses – such as Florida Atlantic University – to cheer up, and settle down – students during the most difficult times of the school year, midterms and finals week.