How to Get Your Pet Fix on Campus

Written by Maria Hayden


If you’re anything like me, being on campus means missing your pet fiercely. My cat, Ruby, is super cute and my favorite lazy-day companion.

With all the stress that comes with being at school, it’s impossible not to wish she was on campus with me. Unfortunately, in most cases dorms and apartments don’t allow you to bring your furry friend with you. But, there are a few resources on campus to help you get in your animal fix.



PAWS (Petting Away Worry and Stress) is a great recourse for people missing their pet. PAWS brings in registered therapy animals and happens Monday-Thursday every week. The event is held at various East Bank, West Bank, and St. Paul locations and is free to the U of M community. I’ve been to PAWS events a couple times, and they have a variety of animals, from cats and dogs to even mini horses and a chicken. They also give away super cute pet trading cards, so you can take their adorable faces home with you.


The Raptor Center

If birds are more your speed, you’ll love checking out The UMN Raptor Center. Run by the College of Veterinary Medicine, The Raptor Center is located on the St. Paul campus. Only a quick connector ride away, it is open seven days a week, and free to UMN students and faculty! According to their website, “The Raptor Center rehabilitates around 1,000 sick and injured raptors each year”.  With all the cute and kooky birds they have to visit, The Raptor Center is one of the coolest (and did I mention, free?) ways to see some animals on campus.


The Animal Humane Society

Lastly, The St. Paul Animal Humane Society is only a bus ride or short drive away! Visiting the Humane Society is a great way to play with a variety of super cute cats, dogs, or even some smaller furry friends. Here you can play with animals, and even volunteer or pursue adoption. I loved visiting the humane society back home with friends after a stressful week. The St. Paul humane society is open seven days a week, from 10am-8pm or 10am-6pm on weekends, so there’s plenty of time to take a trip over and go play with some adorable animals!




Hopefully, this helped you get some ideas for how to get your pet fix at school. With a giant campus in a central location, there are a variety of cute animals to pet just a short walk or ride away!