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, usually offers two Paws Program events each semester in collaboration with Bright Spot Therapy Dogs, Inc. and UMass Amherst Libraries.

Looking to lower your stress, learn about resources on campus related to stress reduction, and/or discover new ways to engage in self-care?  Come to one of the events listed below!

Paws program events for the 2021–2022 academic year:

Thursday, October 28
Wednesday, December 8
Monday February 28
Wednesday, April 13

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 2-3 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. If you would like a dog to visit your program or residence hall, UMPD K9 officers Alec and Parker are available throughout the year as scheduling allows.

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 dogs become certified too. Learn what it takes to be a Bright Spot Therapy Dog at