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Going to university is sometimes stressful and adjustment to a completely new environment could be difficult too. Do you know that anxiety and depression have been the top reasons for students visiting their university’s counseling center? Supporting students’ emotional wellbeing is one of our utmost priority in this unusual year.  
Here is the solution for you: Emotional support animals such as dogs provide therapeutic companionship and can bring a smile and sense of calmness to students dealing with stress, anxiety and loneliness.
DSTO, in collaboration with CMO and HSEO, is offering the Comfort Paws Program to all students.
Contact us and schedule a mingling session to meet with our lovely therapy dogs. posvibes@ust.hk
Program Objectives:
  • To support students’ wellbeing through human-animal interaction that focus on reducing students’ stress level and free their mind through mingling sessions.
  • To raise greater community awareness on the educational benefits of animal-assisted therapy and animal welfare enhancement.
  • To train passionate students to become Therapy Dog Handler and most importantly to become Dog's Best Friend.
Expected Qualitative Outcomes:
“The support from animals is direct and instant. It is totally relaxing to play with dogs or even just to stay in the same space with them.” – Quoted from a student

Meet Our Therapy Dogs


Staff Owner: Ms. Fanny YIP
Student Counselor of Counseling and Wellness Center 
Staff Owner: Prof. Garvin Percy DIAS
Associate Professor of Business Education, ISOM
Residence Master of UG Hall IX
Bruno is living on campus in UG Hall IX

Staff Owner: Ms. Micky WONG

Manager of Dean of Students' Office


Staff Owner: Prof. Chii SHANG
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Residence Master of UG Hall VII
Luna is living on campus in UG Hall VII
Therapy Dog Trainees
Regular Mingling Session

Our in-house therapy dogs would like to always support your wellbeing during your university journey!

Come with your friends to relax and have a great moment with our fluffy cuties. All HKUST students are welcomed to join!

Please stay tuned for the schedule we post on Instagram and make sure you reigster!

Date Time Dog Venue
Sept 6 14:30 - 17:00 Coco, Coffee, Shadow Library
Sept 20 10:00 - 12:00 Luna Library
Sept 24 14:30 - 17:00 Coco, Coffee Counseling and Wellness Center
Sept 28 14:30 - 17:00 Shadow, Luna Library
Oct 7 14:00 - 17:00 Shadow, Luna Library
Oct 11 14:00 - 17:00 Coco, Coffee Library
Oct 19 14:00 - 17:00 Shadow, Luna Library
Oct 29 14:00 - 17:00 Coco, Coffee Library


Animal Education Talk

Our program offers animal education talk from time to time to raise greater community awareness on the educational benefits of animal-assisted therapy and animal welfare enhancement for students. There will be large group HLTH1010 talks and also small group in-depth discussion talk for students to learn more on the benefit of animal-assisted therapy, as well as enhance animal welfare awareness.

Upcoming Animal Education Talk: Please register through our Instagram post!

Dog Dog Training
Get Trained to be a Therapy Dog Handler
What is Dog Therapy?
A Therapy Dog Team
Schedule Your Visit
General Regulations of Therapy Dog Program
If any person on campus has a question about the Comfort Paws Program, please contact posvibes@ust.hk