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PAWS: Pet Away Worry & Stress

Pause for PAWS

Pet Away Worry & Stress on Wednesdays at Boynton Health’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. Weekly PAWS sessions feature registered therapy animal teams—including dogs, bunnies, chickens, and other therapy animals like cats, miniature horses, Guinea pigs and fancy rats—that you are welcome to interact with and pet. Sessions are FREE and open to the University of Minnesota community.

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.

PAWS Locations

PAWS Calendar

Add the PAWS calendar to your calendar by clicking the plus (+) icon above.

Request a PAWS Session

Now you can Pet Away Worry & Stress at your place. Get more info or request a PAWS session to visit your University group or event.

Interested in volunteering your therapy animal for PAWS?

Attend an informational overview and training on September 7, from 5–7 p.m. at Boynton Health, Roen Room N120 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 Alliance of Therapy Dogs. 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, PAWS Coordinator at by September 1. Tanya will also email you a packet that includes a map of the campus and location for parking. We will hold another session on January 22, 2018 for additional teams to join us for the Spring semester. Please feel free to share with others who might be interested, and please don't hesitate to contact Tanya with questions at tanya@umn.edu. Thank you.

PAWS Image Gallery

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

Get Social with PAWS & Tilly

It's Tilly the Therapy Chicken

Tilly 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, and Snapchat.

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