Pet therapy schedule
Hall Health offers free pet therapy to current UW students through our Mental Health Clinic.
Find pet therapy on the third floor of Hall Health, in the Mental Health Clinic group room. Each visitor can spend 15 minutes with one of our therapy dogs.
Upcoming Pet Therapy Sessions
Friday 4/5 from 12:00pm-1:00pm
Friday 4/12 12:00pm-1:00pm
Friday 4/19 12:00pm-1:00pm
Friday 4/26 12:00pm-1:00pm
Wednesday 4/24 from 10:00am-11:00am
What is pet therapy?
Pet therapy is a growing field that uses dogs or other animals to help people recover from or better cope with medical and mental health concerns. Research shows that animal-assisted therapy can reduce pain and anxiety in people with a range of health problems.
During pet therapy hours at Hall Health, students can stop by the 3rd floor of Hall Health. You will be able to visit with the therapy dog for up to 15 minutes. You’re invited to pet the dog and ask the handler questions. There is no cost, and no appointment is needed.
Pet therapy dogs are highly trained, friendly, calm, and well-mannered.
Meet the dogs
Meet our dogs!
Cassie is a Bernese Mountain Dog! She has been a certified therapy dog for a year and a half.
Cassie is very sweet and smart, she loves praise and treats–string cheese is one of her favorites. Her favorite thing to do is hike. She loves running through the bushes and playing on lakes and rivers. She also likes swimming, kayaking or paddle boarding with her handler, even in the winter! Cassie’s handler, Debbie, says, “When she likes someone she’ll sit on their feet and lean against them, or sit on them. She’s very sensitive and knows when I’ve had a bad day.” Debbie’s very favorite thing about Cassie is “her smile and crazy wiggles when she greets me.”
Luke is a rescue dog from Seattle Humane Society. He was certified as a therapy dog in September 2018.
Luke likes to play “find it” (his handler hides his kibble and he goes in search of it), or sometimes practice tricks like “touch,” “round and round” and “give me five.” Every day Luke goes on a walk with his “sister,” Penny. Luke is usually on the lookout for squirrels, bunnies, and deer to bark at, but mostly looks forward to meeting people on the trails who will stop and pet him. His handler, Dea, said, “I truly believe that his favorite thing in the world is just sitting or lying still and having someone pet him. He’ll remind you with a nudge if you forget.”