Furry, Feathery Friends Boost Students’ Mental Health During Quarantine

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HUNTER COLLEGE — Hunter students are turning to their furry companions for stress and anxiety relief.

“When I was going to school full-time and working part-time, I would be gone for close to 15 hours a day,” said Lael Manalo, a medical laboratory sciences student. “I would feel so down and suffer from panic attacks, but [my dogs] would pull me out of my misery.”

Lael turns to her two pugs, Lucky and Lucie, for comfort. With all the changes that have happened due to the pandemic, they have been her “source of sanity.”