University of Minnesota PAWS Program!

The Bunny Besties love the University of Minnesota PAWS Program !

Take Time to Pet Away Worry and Stress

Stressed out? Come de-stress and forget about your worries at Boynton Health Service! Weekly PAWS sessions feature registered therapy animal teams—including dogs, Woodstock the chicken, and other domestic animals like cats and rabbits—that you are welcome to interact with and pet. Sessions are FREE and open to the public.

What is PAWS?

PAWS is a collaboration between Boynton Health Service and the Animal-Assisted Interactions (AAI) program of the University’s Nature-Based Therapeutics Services (a joint initiative of the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and the Center for Spirituality and Healing).

The goal of the program is to a stress-reducing outlet for the University community. Animal interactions have been demonstrated to positively affect blood pressure, heart rate and stress hormone levels in humans.

Focused on well-being, AAI teams are volunteer handlers who are specially trained and evaluated, along with their animal partners.

Summer 2017 Dates:

  • Wednesday, June 14th at 3:45 to 4:30
  • Wednesday, July 12th at 3:45 to 4:30
  • Wednesday, August 9th at 3:45 to 4:30


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