UMD Pet Away Worry & Stress

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UMD PAWS brings stress relief to the campus community thanks to volunteer pet therapy teams.

PAWS dogs

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 2018-2019 academic year are as follows:

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

Wednesday, September 19

Tuesday, October 16

Wednesday, November 7

Tuesday, December 4

Wednesday, January 30

Tuesday, February 19

Wednesday, March 27

Tuesday, April 30



*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.