Puppies relieving stress in Oshkosh office

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OSHKOSH, Wis. (WBAY) - 4imprint in Oshkosh has gone to the dogs.

Puppy licks womans face

The holidays, coupled with end of the year schedules at home and at work, can cause added stress. One local company is relieving that stress with puppies.

"We have a lot of animal lovers here and we're looking for ways to kind of decompress over the holidays and we thought this would be a great way to do it," says Mary Curtin, a senior vice president at 4imprint.

Studies show interacting with animals can help reduce a person's stress level. So, with the help of Saving Paws Animal Rescue in Appleton, which brought in four of its puppies to play, employees at 4imprint are eliminating their stress one dog at a time.

"You can't not relax when you see a puppy, right? So, it's a great way to start the weekend and a great way to start the holidays," says employee Mike Heyer.

From b-i-i-g puppies to itty-bitty face lickers, employees waited in line for a chance to pick up a pup.

Brandon Koss says, "There was a buzz of excitement throughout the whole floor, so walking in was just like the epicenter of it and it was just like, please give me a puppy."

The interactions not only brought smiles to the employees faces, it was a good opportunity for saving paws to show off some of it pups.

Glenda Stadler from Saving Paws says, "It's good for the dogs, it's good for people. A lot of times we try to take ones that are needing homes so that they can maybe meet their potential family."

A win-win for both the puppies and the people as 4imprint looks to not only open its offices, but its heart to the animals of saving paws.

Mary Curtin says, "One of the things that we're looking to hopefully do is encourage people to use some of their donated PTO time that they can use for volunteering to help with the animals, hopefully foster a few and adopt a few too."

And after seeing the joy in the faces of its puppy lovers, 4imprint says it will most likely have more dogs back in the future.

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