The Student Wellness Hub Animal Therapy, (SWHAT) initiative seeks to bring stress relief, joy, and companionship with furry friends and their handlers. There are many ways to get involved with the Animal Therapy program both at McGill and in the Montreal community. 

Attend an Animal Therapy Session

Feeling stressed—looking for a break? Welcome to the Student Wellness Hub Animal Therapy program. Our teams—humans, their devoted dogs, and Hub Peer Supporters -- are here to help.

McGill students can visit us at the Healthy Living Annex located in the Brown Building, Room 3100 on
Mondays & Thursdays 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM.

Wednesdays at Centennial Centre, Macdonald Campus, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM.

Visit myInvolvement to register for the next Animal Therapy event!

Request an Animal Therapy Visit Within McGill

If your unit or club at McGill would like to host a Student Wellness Hub Animal Therapy visit, please download and fill out the request form linked below and send it to rhonda.amsel [at] (subject: McGill%20Request%20for%20Animal%20Therapy) (Rhonda Amsel).

*Please note that this form does not apply if you work within the Student Wellness Hub.

Community Outreach

SWHAT Community Service:

Looking for animal therapy in the Montreal community? In addition to our work at McGill, our teams visit Montreal senior residences, addiction rehab programs, drop-in centers for the homeless, palliative care units, CEGEPs, or wherever there is a need.

Contact: rhonda.amsel [at] (subject: SWHAT%20Community%20Service) (Rhonda Amsel) or s.bochner [at] (subject: SWAH%20Community%20Service) (Sally Bochner)

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SWHAT Reading Paws:

An innovative and fun program organized in collaboration with Montreal libraries and schools. Offered throughout the year, our teams provide a relaxed, non-judgmental environment where children can practice and improve their reading skills by reading to a certified therapy dog.

We also visit classrooms for students with special needs.

Contact rhonda.amsel [at] (subject: Reading%20Paws) (Rhonda Amsel)

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Ruff & Luna

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brown labrador dog laying in grass


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border collie dog with handler

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