Therapy dogs are the latest perk companies are using to soothe stressed-out workers

For Sharon Abramczyk, a Hartford, Conn.-based executive assistant at health insurance company Aetna AET, +1.24% the work day can be anxiety-inducing. But last Tuesday, four special guests changed that with their monthly visit to her offices.

Their names were Ruby, Chase, Bo and Jackson.

“I feel less stressed as soon as I am in the presence of an animal,” she said.

Therapy dogs are known for visits with vulnerable populations like people in hospice care or hospitals or students cramming for finals, but corporations are beginning to see value in this tradition.

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