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Our Stress Reduction Team is Here to Lend a Paw


College can be a stressful time of juggling classes, work and social life. Nola and Sunshine, our four-legged stress reduction team, are here to help.



Nola and Sunshine work at Queens full-time with the Health and Wellness Center, and are ready to ease students’ stress through walks, jogs or wet kisses. Some students take Nola or Sunshine for a morning walk before an exam, realizing that a walk with a dog is a great way to ease anxiety before a test. Other students make them a partner in their work-out goals; one student went on a jog with Nola every day during her time at Queens, as the two joined each other in becoming healthy and strong. And if you want to make new friends on campus?  You won't have to walk with her far before people will approach you, asking to pet them.

Other times, Nola and Sunshine are here simply to be company. The Health and Wellness staff have noticed that they seem to know when a student is in need of a friend. They'll lay with a sick student who's being treated for the flu, or sit with a student during a counseling session.

Sunshine and Nola on the couch

Nola and Sunshine are great cuddlers, too.

The Golden Leash Award

Because so many students reach out to take care of Nola and Sunshine with walks and jogs and love, the Health and Wellness Center have created the annual Golden Leash Award for the student who reaches out to them in an especially caring way.

Come by the Health and Wellness Center to meet Nola and Sunshine. They just might be the most popular Royal on campus.

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