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The pets of Arts and Science
Posted on 2020-12-07 in College Vision
Pets can help with wellness during a pandemic, says Professor of Sociology Dr. Colleen Dell (PhD).
When the University of Saskatchewan’s buildings closed for the COVID-19 pandemic, pets became workmates for hundreds of College of Arts and Science employees working from home.
Companion animals can play a big role in helping people manage difficult situations, said Dr. Colleen Dell (PhD), a professor in the Department of Sociology and the Centennial Enhancement Chair in One Health and Wellness.
“Many of us consider our pets to be a part of our family, especially cats and dogs. Just like our human family members, animals too can help in beneficial ways with our mood, loneliness and even relaxation. We may even perceive them to be better at some things, like offering unconditional support. These are all important areas to consider as we attempt to stay healthy during the pandemic. I am super appreciative for the role my companion animals play in my own wellness,” said Dell.
This fall, the College of Arts and Science invited faculty and staff to submit images and words that show how their pets enrich their workdays. Scroll to meet some of the pets of Arts and Science.
Want to visit with a therapy dog?
Through her research chair, Dell organizes the PAWS Your Stress Therapy Dog Program in collaboration with campus Peer Health and St. John Ambulance of Saskatoon. The program offers free online video sessions with therapy dogs through its website at therapydogs.ca.
Share your pet
The College of Arts and Science will share more images of pets in the coming weeks. Faculty and staff: submit photos and short videos to firstname.lastname@example.org by Dec. 14.