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PAWS: Pet Away Worry & Stress

Pause for PAWS

Pet Away Worry & Stress this year on Wednesdays at Boynton Health Service’s East Bank Clinic and select Tuesdays in the St. Paul Student Center, and Thursdays on the West Bank at various locations.

Stressed out? Come de-stress and forget about your worries at Boynton Health Service! Weekly PAWS sessions feature registered therapy animal teams—including dogs, Woodstock the chicken, and other domestic animals like cats and rabbits—that you are welcome to interact with and pet. Sessions are FREE and open to the public.

The goal of the program is to be a stress-reducing outlet for the University community. Animal interactions have been demonstrated to positively affect blood pressure, heart rate and stress hormone levels in humans.

For many young adults, entering college and being away from home often means saying goodbye to their pet, a constant, trusted ally and confidant. Boynton seeks to provide Animal Assisted Interactions (AAI) in its continued effort to meet student needs, especially in the areas of stress reduction and life skills development. 

Focused on well-being, AAI teams are volunteer handlers who are specially trained and evaluated, along with their animal partners.

Fall 2015 PAWS Schedule

PAWS Dates and Locations

St. Paul:
Student Center
Harvest Room
2nd & 4th Tuesdays
1–3 p.m.

East Bank:
Room W-120
2:30–4:30 p.m.

West Bank:
Locations vary
see details below
11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.


Nov 18

Nov 19 - Carlson School, Hanson Hall, room L100

Nov 24

Nov 25



Dec 2

Dec 3 - Law School, Spannaus Commons

Dec 8

Dec 9

Dec 10 - Carlson School, Hanson Hall, room L100


Dec 16

Dec 17 - Humphrey School, room 180 HHH

Spring 2016 PAWS Schedule

Watch for spring 2016 schedule to be announced during fall semester.

PAWS Image Gallery

PAWS therapy dog PAWS therapy dog with student Goldy and Honey Therapy mini-horse and a student PAWS therapy dog and student

Get Social with PAWS & Woodstock

It's Woodstock the Therapy Chicken

Woodstock the Therapy Chicken is a frequent guest at PAWS. She tweets on Twitter @TherapyChicken. See and share photos online: #BoyntonPAWS.
Woodstock the Thereapy Chicken is on Twitter
You can also follow the PAWS animals on Instagram.

PAWS in the News

The video above is from the Minnesota Daily.

Article and video from USA Today College: University of Minnesota students use pets to de-stress during finals.

Atricle from the St. Paul Pioneer Press: University of Minnesota therapy animals help calm stressed-out students.

Video from St. Paul Pioneer Press writer Richard Chin on Tout: Tanya Bailey, trainer of @TherapyChicken explains new stress-reducing program at #UofMN St. Paul campus.

Article from reporter Rick Kupchella on Bring Me the News: Stressed by college? Tell the therapy chicken about it.

Article from MinnPost: Tackling anxiety on campus with creativity: Can a therapy chicken help?

Media Advisory

More details about the PAWS program and media contact information is available in this Media Advisory from UMNews.

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