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Pet Hugs at UC Berkeley!

Pet Hugs will resume on the first Tuesday of the month beginning in February, 2014.

The first Tuesday of every month University Health Services coordinates a Pet Hug event with ARF, Tony LaRussa's Animal Rescue Foundation. Cal is a highly competitive campus of 37,000 students and we at UHS are always looking for ways to help students manage their stress levels. Petting an ARF dog offers instant stress relief!

Many students share their stories with the warm, friendly human volunteers. We have overheard comments like:

“My day just got better.”
“I’ve been so stressed out, I feel a lot better now.”
“I miss my dog so much. I love being able to pet this puppy.”

Studies show interaction with companion animals lowers blood pressure, reduces anxiety and otherwise improves one’s physical and mental health. (ARF)

Spring 2014 Pet Hugs Schedule


Fall 2013 Pet Hugs Schedule

  • Tuesday, September 3, 2013, 12-1pm on Sproul Plaza
  • Tuesday, October 1, 2013, 12-1pm on Sproul Plaza
  • Tuesday, November 5, 2013, 12-1pm on Sproul Plaza
  • Refresh for Finals with Pet Hugs! Tuesday, December 10, and Wednesday, December 11 (RRR week): both days 12-1pm outside Moffitt Library

 

Pets Hugs Photo Albums

If you missed an event, get a virtual pet hug! Check out photos from past Pet Hugs:

 

 

 

 

 

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