Pet Love

Pet Love is a program that brings certified therapy dogs onto the University of Chicago Campus once a quarter for you to engage with. As nonjudgmental, inexhaustible, fountains of love and loyalty, animals are natural vehicles for providing support and companionship to you.

Similarly structured programs have been shown to improve mental and emotional health as well as overall quality of life. Research has shown that interaction with such pets can release endorphins that have a calming effect and help lower your stress level. Additionally, Pet Love offers you an opportunity to socialize, lower anxiety, reduce loneliness, and provide a healthy outlet for positive touch.

Our upcoming Pet Love event will take place on Tuesday, May 17th from 11:30am-1:00pm in McCormick Tribune Lounge of Reynolds Club.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. Why doesn't Pet Love happen more than once a quarter?
    A. The not-for-profit we work with to bring therapy dogs onto campus is reliant entirely on volunteers. Due to their vast amount of programs throughout Chicagoland they are only able to come to campus once a quarter
  2. Can Pet Love come to my school/house/department/event?
    A. No. At this time Pet Love is not available upon request. If you would like to spend time with the dogs we suggest planning to attend our quarterly scheduled events.
  3. Can I bring my dog to Pet Love?
    A. No. All the dogs that work at Pet Love must come from the not-for-profit, Rainbow Animal Assisted Therapy organization, who works with us to bring Pet Love to UChicago.
  4. What kind of training do the dogs at Pet Love have to have?
    A. Each dog team that works at Pet Love are Certified Therapy Dogs and have gone through additional extensive training with Rainbow. If you and your dog are interested in joining the Rainbow team, please visit their website at
  5. Why are there no cats at Pet Love?
    A. Due to facility restrictions we at this time are not offering any cat based Pet Love programs. If you would like to spend time with cats you can visit Modo Rockefeller who lives in Rockefeller Chapel or possibly foster a cat from Hyde Park Cats.
  6. Pet Love is not for a while, what can I do in the meantime to receive animal connection?
    A. You can join PAWS UChicago, an RSO that is dedicated to volunteering at local animal shelters based on your availability. Also, as mentioned above, you can visit Modo Rockefeller or possibly foster a cat from Hyde Park Cats.

Past Pet Love Events:

Meet the Dogs of Pet Love

Other Animal Connections near Hyde Park