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Students De-Stress with ‘Critters on Campus’

December 03, 2012

KINGSTON, ON – The Alma Mater Society (AMS) is pleased to be working with the Arts and Science Undergraduate Society (ASUS), as well as the Kingston Humane Society, to offer a unique form of stress release for students. These events, dubbed “Critters on Campus”, have been bringing stress-relief animals onto the Queen’s University campus, giving students the opportunity to interact with dogs and cats during a stressful part of the term.

Critters on Campus has held a total of four events at Queen’s, with a final event being planned for Wednesday, December 5th. Over 1000 Queen’s students have already attended these events. This event has been run by the AMS Academic Affairs Commission and ASUS Lost Paws committee. The event has received overwhelmingly positive feedback, and the AMS is happy that the Student Life Centre could accommodate these animals being brought on campus.

Additionally, this event is part of an ongoing effort by the AMS to mitigate and reduce student stress during the exam period. The Peer Support Centre, the AMS student-run support service, had a presence at many of the Critters on Campus events, giving students an enhanced awareness of campus mental health services.

“Critters on Campus is an excellent program, as many students find interacting with animals to be very effective at relieving stress. We are extremely pleased with the number of students who have participated in this event. We are excited to be helping students de-stress during the exam period, while also emphasizing the mental health resources available to them.” – AMS Vice-President (University Affairs), Mira Dineen

Press photos of the event are available upon request. 

Please direct all media inquiries to Taylor Mann, AMS Communications Officer, at or (613) 533-6000 x 75850.


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The central undergraduate student government at Queen’s University, the AMS represents over 14,200 students and is the oldest student government in Canada. The constituency is represented through 12 faculty and residence societies. The AMS Council, which is made up of a three-person executive, six commissioners, and three directors, oversees all day-to-day activities within the Society, including 14 corporate services and various government committees that address virtually all matters of student life at Queen’s.