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Pups Advising Within Social Sciences

Furry, friendly faces on campus

We know that leaving your pets behind can be one of the toughest parts of transitioning to university. Pets are a big part of family life. For many of us, our dog (or cat, bird, gerbil or iguana) is our best friend.

While we can’t bring your dog to campus, the Faculty of Social Sciences brings furry, friendly faces to visit our students on campus through the PAWSS Project.

The PAWSS Project works with certified therapy dogs, staff and faculty to help students adjust to university life, and manage their stress and anxiety.

Dogs will be on campus between 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Community Room, LRW-1003:

  • Wednesday, September 11, 2:30 –  3:30pm

  • Wednesday, October 9, 2:30 – 3:30pm

  • Wednesday, November 6, 2:30 – 3:30pm

  • Wednesday, December 4, 2:30 – 3:30pm

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“The unconditional love found in these dogs reminds students of home, allowing them to mitigate loneliness, depression, homesickness, and a number of issues,” -  Tim Daly, McMaster Social Sciences Society President, 2016-17.

History of the Program

The program began in fall 2014, when the Faculty partnered with the Hamilton-Burlington SPCA, having ‘certified friendly’ dogs visit with students on campus.

In 2015, Lily, a gorgeous labradoodle, became our Canine Academic Advisor. She works in the Academic Advising office with Level I Advisor, Kelli Cale, every Wednesday. All Social Sciences students are encouraged to drop in for a visit (and a snuggle) with Lily.

The PAWSS Project team includes all members of the Undergraduate Academic Advising office.

Interested in participating in the program? 

We're always looking for students and dogs to assist with the program. If interested, please contact Dr. James Gillett at