Nikki’s Notebook: Grieving Paws At UMD

It’s been a tough start to the year at UMD, the campus community has suffered the loss of several students, including William Grahek who was murdered last month.

To offer an alternative way of dealing with grief UMD PAWS held a special session in March to give students the chance to connect with animals to cope with their emotions.

“We all need to come together as a community, whenever any part of the community is hurting or grieving, it’s important to know there are other areas and people within the city who can be there to help,” said Shawna Weaver, humane education manager.

Organizers say the relaxation that comes from being with the animals also creates success in their classroom.

“Blood pressure lowers, heart rate lowering and we know when we do relax we do better academically, it gives students the chance to give themselves a break,” said Weaver.

For more information on how to volunteer for UMD Paws, click here.

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