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UMD Pet Away Worry & Stress
Take time to PAWS
UMD PAWS brings stress relief to the campus community thanks to volunteer pet therapy teams.
Pet Away Worry and Stress (PAWS)
UMD PAWS is a program designed to lower stress levels in students, faculty and staff by bringing in therapy animals* on campus once a month. This collaborative event is sponsored by Animal Allies, UMD Health Services, KUMD, The Kathryn A. Martin Library, the Department of Psychology, Office of Environmental Health & Safety, and Kirby Student Center.
Notice: Fall semester events have been cancelled. Event dates for spring 2021:
All events will be held from 11am-1pm in the Kirby Student Center Lounge (and the Garage for a quieter experience):
Wednesday, February 3rd
Tuesday, March 2nd
Tuesday, April 6th
Wednesday, April 28th, Stressless Week
In the January/February 2019 issue of the Moms & Dads Today publication, there is a story about the difference between service, therapy, and emotional support animals. Our PAWS Program at UMD is the source of pictures for the article and it highlights some of the animals and handlers we have at our program. You can view the publication online on the virtual bookcase, story starts on page 32.