Photos by Karen Carmody-McIntosh
PAWS — Pet Away Worry & Stress — returned to Wilson Library last week as part of the Libraries Stress Buster activities for busy students nearing the end of Spring Semester.
PAWS will be at the Bio-Medical Library tomorrow, May 3, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
PAWS is a registered therapy animal program through the U’s Boynton Clinic that serves as a stress-reducing outlet for the University community. According to information on the Boynton Clinic website, animal interactions have been demonstrated to positively affect blood pressure, heart rate, and stress hormone levels in humans.
“For many young adults, entering college and being away from home often means saying goodbye to their pet, a constant, trusted ally and confidant,” the Boynton website states. “Boynton seeks to provide Animal Assisted Interactions (AAI) in its continued effort to meet student needs, especially in the areas of stress reduction and life skills development.”
It’s the second year that PAWS has visited Wilson Library.