Paws Program

Paws Fall 2016

The Paws Program connects students to therapeutic animals to reduce stress and improve overall wellbeing. Peer Health Education, located in the Center For Health Promotion (CHP), usually offers two Paws Program events each semester in coordination with Bright Spot Therapy Dogs, Inc. and UMass Amherst Libraries.

The February 24 Paws Program event will be virtual (see below for details and registration). By following public health recommendations and CDC guidelines, we maximize our chances of being able to offer the April 14 event in person. This requires all of us in the UMass community to wear a mask, socially distance, and wash our hands frequently. Thank you for helping to protect yourself and others (including dogs!), and please continue to do your part to ensure we are all back together again in person soon.

Paws Program events for Spring 2021:

  1. Wednesday, February 24
    There will be two virtual Paws Program events on Wednesday, February 24 – one from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and the other from 7 to 8 p.m. Each event will be offered via a webinar format, so you will need to register in order to secure your spot for one of the events.
  2. Wednesday, April 14 (TBD)

PAWS Fall 2016

Frequently Asked Questions

paw How many times will the dogs visit?
Campus-wide events are scheduled twice a semester – at midterms and finals.

paw Can the dogs stay longer?
The dogs can go 2 to 3 hours before they need to rest. Sleep is important for everyone!

paw Can the dogs visit my residence hall or department?
Unfortunately, no. We want as many people as possible to get to relax with the dogs.

paw Will you bring cats for petting?
Right now, the Paws Program is able to work with dogs only. We will let you know if this changes!

paw How about small dogs?
In general, therapy dogs tend to be bigger, but small ones become certified too. Learn what it takes to be a Bright Spot Therapy Dog at