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Buffalo: Furry stress relief for students
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BUFFALO, N.Y. -- It is exam season for many college and university students, and it can be a stressful time. That is why the the University at Buffalo librarians have brought in therapy dogs to visit with students to help relieve stress.

In just two days, hundreds of students at the city and the Amherst campuses have taken study breaks to socialize with the dogs.

According to organizers, people can benefit from the touch and the unconditional love from animals.

"There's just a million ways for these dogs to help people," said Pamela Rose, who is a member of Therapy Animals of Western New York and works at the Health Sciences library on the south campus. "It reinforces the human-animal bond, reduces stresses, cortisol levels go down, the blood pressure goes down, and that's been well documented in studies."

The visit from man's best friend is part of UB's stress relief week, along with massages, food and music.

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