CAAWLS has regular programming at most of the post-secondary institutions in Edmonton. The main goal of these programs is to help combat student stress. Stress on campus is a serious issue that affects all students, mainly occurring due to heavy course loads. But many students also accumulate stress from recently moving from home, making new friends, or even learning about finances for the first time. Studies have repeatedly shown numerous positive outcomes following interactions with animals, including but not limited to drops in heart rate, blood pressure, and stress hormones. Sometimes, the unconditional love of a pet is the best way to make students day a little brighter.


University of Alberta

Edmonton, Alberta  • Animal Assisted Activity

CAAWLS has multiple programs running at the UofA any given week. We’re most busy at the UofA during the Fall and Winter semesters (from September to April). We also have some professional members in various faculties at the UofA with dogs that work regular hours. 

Our program partners at the UofA include:

  • The Faculty of Law
  • Student Wellness (Students' Union Building)
  • UofA Libraries
  • UofA Residences
  • Campus St. Jean
  • The Faulty of Engineering
  • The Faculty of Arts
  • Various student-lead organizations


MacEwan University

Edmonton, Alberta • Animal Assisted Activity

During the regular school year, we have a monthly program for five or more CAAWLS teams visit the students, faculty, and staff at MacEwan University as a stress relief activity presented by the MacEwan University Students’ Association.

We also have a regular monthly program to visit the MacEwan student residences once monthly with both our wellness dogs and cats.


Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT)

Edmonton, Alberta • Animal assisted Activity

CAAWLS has multiple programs running at NAIT any given month during the regular school year from September to April to provide stress relief to students, staff, and faculty. We have recently expanded our NAIT program to include weekly visits to all campuses.

Our programs at NAIT are with:

  • Library Services
  • Students’ Association
  • Department of Student Well-being and Community


Concordia University of Edmonton

Edmonton, Alberta - Animal Assisted Activity

CAAWLS visits Concordia University's library on a semi-regular basis, especially during exam season. We have also worked with the student services office for occassional extra stress-busting visits.