Pets and Friends at UBC

Pets and Friends is delighted to work with the University of British Columbia’s Mental Health Awareness Club (UBC MHAC) to offer ‘Project Paws’ events on an ongoing basis.

The aim of UBC MHAC is to break down the stigma around mental health and to build an environment where students, staff and faculty can feel free to access information and learn about mental wellness together.

Human and canine volunteers from Pets and Friends attend Project Paws events at UBC to bring students some much-needed relief from the stress of university life. In addition to academic pressures, students also experience depression, anxiety and other mental health issues. A couple of hours spent petting and interacting with our canine (and human!) volunteers brings much-needed comfort and joy. Students and volunteers alike love the connection and relaxed sense of community that happens at these events. Representatives from UBC MHAC are on site with information for anyone who might wish to access it.

The following photos are from the November 9th Project Paws session at UBC. A special thanks to UBC MHAC for inviting us to be a part of this project and to our human-canine teams who came out to volunteer on this particular day:

  • Jennifer and Oliver
  • Terry and Tikko
  • Jane and Sam
  • Marina and Monty

Oliver (photo by Katie Oster)


Tikko (Photo by Katie Oster)


Sam (Photo by Katie Oster)


Monty (Photo by Katie Oster)