Paws & Relax



Paws & Relax offers an atmosphere of support, comfort, and community for students.  Participants will have the opportunity to take a “paws”  for a much needed break, meet others, and snuggle up with one of our many trained pet therapy dogs.  

Our furry friends and their volunteer handlers will rotate on a schedule, but you can count on seeing your favorite goldens: North, Yogi, and Tee Tonka, along with fun-loving labs: Frankie and Thelma.

Health & Wellness works very closely with ElderPet, a non-profit organization based the Thompson School. Many of our volunteers are from EdlerPet; each dog a certified Pet Partner® Therapy Animal. All volunteer pet therapy teams are trained and certified (certifications include: Pet Partners® and Love on a Leash®). 

A therapy pet’s primary function is to brighten someone’s day. Allow one of these furry bundles of support to put a smile on your face at one of our Paws & Relax sessions.


Wednesdays, 12:00-3:00pm

Thrive,  Health & Wellness satellite office located on the second floor of the Hamel Rec Center (HRC).


Paws & Relax is canceled if the University closes for curtailed operations. 

Please leave your pets at home.

We will offer this service weekly, and will plan a small variety of on-campus visits in conjunction with programming and events hosted by Health & Wellness. We do not have access to our Paws & Relax pet therapy teams outside of regular working hours, and have very limited ability to accommodate programming requests including the dogs during the week.