College students get stressed at exam time. Pets can help relieve stress. Wellness USF put two and two together and brought the people — and animals — of Therapy Pet Connection of Tampa to the University of South Florida. Therapy Pet Connection normally visits rehabilitation centers, elderly care centers, school programs and veterans’ homes. Robin Bidwell, who owns Scooby Boo, an 11-year-old miniature horse, said the trips to a college campus are a new development. Many students had to leave pets behind when they left for college, she said. “With the kids, it’s more like, ‘It feels like home,’ or ‘I feel better because I miss my dog,’” Bidwell said.
The therapy event was part of Wellness USF’s “Save Your Sanity, Save Your Grades” campaign, which is providing students with stress-busting activities and wellness tips. Graduation is May 4 at the Sun Dome.