Pet therapy is offered weekly to all members of the uOttawa community.

Therapy dogs aren’t service dogs or animal-assisted therapy dogs. They go through a behavioural assessment along with their handler to ensure they’re suitable to take part in pet therapy visits and help to improve your wellness.

Pet therapy at uOttawa is offered thanks to the kindness of local pet therapy organizations. During the COVID-19 pandemic, availability of pet therapy dogs depends on public health guidelines.

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Please note that Pet Therapy will not be running during the fall 2021 term.
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Kima

Hello there! My name is Kima and I was named after the police detective in the HBO TV series The Wire. I’m a husky mix and my vet thinks I’m part German shepherd because of my big ears.

When I was only five weeks old, local police officers rescued me in my small northwestern Ontario community.

I was certified as a therapy dog through Ottawa Therapy Dogs in 2017 when I was eight years old. I love it because I just get to lie there and get my belly rubbed.

Fun fact about my mom: she works as a health promotion specialist here at the University.

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Happy

Hello there! My name is Happy and I’m a golden retriever.

I was certified as a therapy dog through St. John Ambulance. I’ve been coming to uOttawa for a few years now and I love it! I have three regular places every week, so I’m a very busy dog.

As for my hobbies, I’m crazy for stuffies! They mustn’t be too big, though, and NO squeakers. I’ve been made to wear hats occasionally, but this isn’t something I enjoy at all. I “frown” and bear it just long enough for photos.

Fun fact about my mom: she thinks she owns me — but I definitely own her!

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Pablo

My name is Pablo. I’m six years old. I’m a Rottweiler and flatcoat retriever mix, but if you look closely, you might find a few small white spots on my coat.

I was certified as a therapy dog in 2018. In addition to working at the University of Ottawa, I also visit a pain clinic and a mental health unit at a local hospital.

My favourite things are playing with my squeaky green ball, kayaking, eating a fried egg on a Sunday morning, putting my snout deep in the fresh snow, playing hide and seek (especially when treats are involved), rolling in the grass, surprising people with big wet kisses and sleeping in a tent with my family.

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Uzi

Hi friends! My name is Uzi and I’m a two and a half year old purebred mutt (others have called me a goldendoodle). I was rescued by my mom at 14 weeks and she says it was one of the best decisions she’s ever made. I mean, really, just look at this face!

Originally, I was supposed to be 40 lbs and today I tip the scales at 82 lbs, but that just means that there is more of me to love, right? I passed my emotional support animal designation in the fall of 2019. I’m so happy to get hugs and belly rubs and make other people feel better.

My favourite foods are French fries with pita bread and puppuccinos (a.k.a. straight-up whipped cream) from coffee shops.

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Fergus and Sam

Biography to come.

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Benton

Biography to come.

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Wallace

Biography to come.

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Luther

Biography to come.

Miso

Miso

Biography to come.

The University doesn’t have its own pet therapy program. The volunteer dog and handler teams who visit our campuses come through a partnership with the following organizations:

  • Ottawa Therapy Dogs
  • Therapeutic Paws of Canada, Ottawa chapter
  • St. John Ambulance therapy dog program

If you’re interested in becoming part of a dog and handler volunteer duo for uOttawa pet therapy, contact one of the above organizations to inquire about evaluation and certification. There’s great demand for pet therapy in the community. It’s very rewarding work, for both the handlers and their pets.