Therapy animals and their humans help students pet away worry and stress
“It’s hard to be stressed or anxious when you’re petting an animal,” says Tanya Bailey, who directs PAWS (Pet Away Worry and Stress), a program run through Boynton Health. PAWS has been bringing members of the University community together with specially trained animals and their humans since 2013. Last year, more than 11,000 students, faculty, and staff attended PAWS sessions at one of four locations on the Twin Cities campus.
Photography by Steve Niedorf