PAWS (Pet Away Worry & Stress) sessions feature registered therapy animal teams—including dogs, bunnies, cats, chickens and other therapy animals. Sessions are FREE and open to the University of Minnesota community.

PAWS In-Person

Back by "pup-ular" demand! 

PAWS in-person sessions take place on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Great Hall of Coffman Memorial Union.

Sign up for a PAWS in-person session.

Virtual PAWS

Join us for a virtual PAWS session
Online PAWS sessions

Join Us for Weekly Virtual PAWS

Now you can interact with your favorite PAWS friends online using Zoom.

Look for PAWS on Mondays and Wednesdays, or check the Google calendar below.


Use PAWS as Your Zoom Background Image

Show your PAWS pride on Zoom meetings by using this PAWS Zoom background image.




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New this Year - PAWS+

PAWS+ is a new virtual feature of the PAWS program available to UMN student groups and services to support student mental health. PAWS+ works with each group and emphasizes stress management tips and resources.

Request a PAWS+ session.

PAWS Calendar

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

About Pet Away Worry & Stress

Student petting a PAWS dog
Student petting a PAWS dog

For many young adults, entering college and being away from home often means saying goodbye to their pets. Boynton seeks to provide Animal Assisted Interactions (AAI) in its continued effort to meet student needs, especially in the areas of stress reduction.








AAI teams are volunteer handlers who are specially trained and evaluated, along with their animal partners.








Request a PAWS Session

Requesting PAWS sessions for University events has been postponed until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience. 

Volunteer with Your Therapy Animal

Do you want your therapy animal to join the PAWS program? Find out how to volunteer with your therapy animal.

PAWS Contact Info

Questions about PAWS? Contact Tanya Bailey, PAWS Coordinator at