Once a quarter, therapy dogs come to campus, offering students an opportunity to socialize, lower anxiety, reduce loneliness, and have a healthy outlet for positive touch. Similar programs have been shown to improve mental and emotional health, as well as overall quality of life.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why doesn’t Pet Love happen more than once a quarter?
The not-for-profit we work with to bring therapy dogs onto campus is reliant entirely on volunteers, who are only available to come once per quarter.
Can Pet Love come to my school/ house/ department/ event?
No, Pet love is not available upon request.
Can I bring my dog to Pet Love?
No. All dogs that work at Pet Love must come from Rainbow Animal Assisted Therapy Organization, the not-for-profit that works with us to bring Pet Love to UChicago.
What kind of training do the dogs at Pet Love have?
All dogs are Certified Training Dogs, and have gone through additional extensive training through Rainbow Animal Assisted Therapy Organization.
Why are there no cats at Pet Love?
Due to facility restrictions, there can be no cat-based Pet Love programs.