Dogs melt away exam stress for NUS undergrads

Straits Times Animal Antics

Fancy relieving stress through the company of dogs? You may be able do it right here in Singapore.

Non-profit organisation Therapy Dogs Singapore, made up volunteers who are dog owners, provides pet-assisted therapy. The dog owners "share the unconditional love and affection of their canine companions with society's disadvantaged," according to its website.

The organisation conducts sessions at seven nursing homes, health institutions and special schools, and also does ad-hoc visits.

One such ad-hoc visit was to the National University of Singapore (NUS), where 40 stressed undergraduates played with eight dogs, including toy poodles, golden retrievers and shih tzus.

The hour-long event, held during the exam period, was a collaboration between the organisation and animal-welfare interest group NUS Peace.