P.A.W.S., or Pairing Animals with Students, is a program designed to provide college students the opportunity to foster a puppy. There is a large body of evidence (e.g. https://psychcentral.com/news/2008/12/24/pets-relieve-college-stress/3555.html, https://www.independent.com/news/2012/aug/17/college-and-pets/) pointing to the benefits of pet ownership for students including stress relief, teaching responsibility and missing their pets at home. By fostering a puppy, students can experience these benefits without making a 15-year commitment to owning a dog.
We have had two very successful semesters of P.A.W.S. Dartmouth, where our student volunteers took every opportunity to get involved with the care of their puppy and to help find their perfect forever home. We hope to introduce the P.A.W.S. program to other colleges in the future.
For more information about fostering a pet at Dartmouth please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.