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UMD Pet Away Worry & Stress

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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 Employee Health and Wellbeing Center, UMD Health Services,  KUMD, The Kathryn A. Martin Library, UMD Wellness Collaborative,  Office of Environmental Health & Safety, and Kirby Student Center.

Our event dates for the 2019-2020 academic year are as follows:

All events will be held from 11am-1pm in the Kirby Student Center Lounge unless otherwise indicated

Wednesday, September 18

Tuesday,  October 15

Wednesday, November 20

Tuesday, December 3

Wednesday, February 5th

Tuesday, March 3

Tuesday, March 31

Wednesday April 29

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. 



*Most PAWS animals have pet therapy certifications, are currently in therapy training, or have advanced obedience training.  All PAWS animals are vetted and approved by our PAWS pet/handler coordinator.