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PAWS: Pet Away Worry & Stress

Pause for PAWS: Fall 2014-Spring 2015

Pet Away Worry & Stress this year on Wednesdays at Boynton Health Service’s East Bank Clinic (Roen Room, W120) and select Tuesdays across from Boynton’s St. Paul Clinic in Coffey Hall (Room 120).

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 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.

When & Where: Wednesdays, 3–5 p.m., at Boynton Health Service’s East Bank Clinic in the Roen Room (1st floor, W120); select Tuesdays, 1–3 p.m., on the St. Paul Campus in Coffey Hall, Room 120. See dates below.

2014–15 PAWS Schedule

Where: Boynton Health Service East Bank Clinic (1st floor, Roen Room-W120)
When: Wednesdays, 3–5 p.m.

 

Where: St. Paul Campus, Coffey Hall (Room 120)
When: Tuesdays, 1–3 p.m.

Interested in volunteering your therapy animal for PAWS?

You are invited to attend an informational overview and training on Jan. 26 from 6–8 p.m. at Boynton Health Service in Garden Room N101 on the Minneapolis campus. Please do not bring your animal partner to this meeting—but pictures of your animal are welcome. Drinks and light snacks will be offered. We will discuss the program, how this is different than other facilities where you might have gone with your animal, and how student needs are particular to their developing years. We will also tour the facility.

All species are welcome as long as the team is registered with Pet Partners, TDI, ITA or TDInc. Teams can sign up for one session or come weekly and stay for one hour or both hours of each two-hour session. We use an online scheduling program to track your visits. Teams will be compensated with parking validation.

Please RSVP to Tanya Bailey by Jan. 19. We will hold another session in September for additional teams to join us for the Fall semester. Please feel free to share with others who might be interested, and please don't hesitate to contact Tanya with questions. Thank you!

PAWS Image Gallery

PAWS therapy dog PAWS therapy dog with student Goldy and Honey PAWS therapy dog and student

Woodstock the Therapy Chicken

It's Woodstock the Therapy Chicken

Part of the Animal-Assisted Interactions program at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Woodstock the Therapy Chicken is a frequent guest at PAWS. Woodstock tweets on Twitter @TherapyChicken. See and share photos online: #BoyntonPAWS.
Woodstock the Thereapy Chicken is on Twitter

PAWS in the News

The video above is from the Minnesota Daily.

Media Advisory

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