Pet Hugs at UC Berkeley!

The first Tuesday of every month during the academic year 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)

Fall 2015 Pet Hugs Schedule

Spring 2016 Pet Hugs Schedule

  • Tuesday, February 2, 12-1pm, Sproul Plaza
  • Tuesday, March 1, 12-1pm, Sproul Plaza
  • Tuesday, April 5, 12-1pm, Sproul Plaza
  • Refresh for Finals with Pet Hugs! Tuesday, May 3, and Wednesday, May 4 (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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