Exam Time Ushered in With Traditional Puppy Day Event

Student with puppy

Students at George Mason University School of Law know that when you see a group of puppies gathered in the Levy Atrium, it's time to hit the books in earnest. 

On April 24 the puppies made their traditional pilgrimage to the law school to help ease the pain of the pre-exam period and give students a chance to take a deep breath in the midst of exam preparation.

"Puppy Day" has become a twice-yearly tradition at Mason Law, which has found itself on the leading edge of a growing trend in which dogs are used to help relieve stress and improve quality of life for students facing the rigors of higher education and all its requirements. During exam time in the fall and spring, A Forever Home Rescue Foundation brings a contingent of wiggling, adoptable puppies to the law school, where students can enjoy a two-hour period in which to visit with the pups and give them the affection and socialization that is so important to their development. Typically an additional happy outcome of each of the visits is the adoption of a few of the puppies, who find their own forever homes through the event. 

This spring a second rescue organization, Homeward Trails, participated in Puppy Day, bringing both puppies and kittens to the law school.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so be sure to check out some of the photos of our April visitors posted on the university's Facebook page. In addition, you can see the puppies on video here. Photos and video are courtesy of the university's Creative Services.

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