B.A.R.K. is a program devoted to exploring the role of therapy dogs in fostering well-being on campus and in the community.

Welcome to B.A.R.K.  

B.A.R.K. is a research-driven program designed to support the emotional well-being of university students grappling with challenges around homesickness, social isolation, and integration into the university community. B.A.R.K. programming consists of both intervention studies and community drop-in services.  

B.A.R.K. research has been featured in WebMD, Psychology Today and American Kennel Club.

Programs & Session Dates

View the dates and times of our upcoming sessions

Get Involved

Volunteers help keep B.A.R.K. running. Learn how you can volunteer.

Research & Partnerships

Take a look at the research behind the B.A.R.K. and explore our community connections.

A Positive Impact on Campus

“We couldn’t walk down a hallway without being stopped. As much as I’d like to say it was me they were stopping for, it was all for Frances,” he says with a laugh. “These students would eventually look up at me from petting Frances and say, ‘As much as I miss my family, I miss my dog more’.”  

—John-Tyler Binfet, B.A.R.K. Director | Read the Full Story

Discover our dogs

Explore profiles of our B.A.R.K. dogs and their handlers. 

Get social with us

Follow us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter!  

2023/24 Annual Report

Learn what B.A.R.K. has been up to. Read all the highlights

Our Partners

B.A.R.K. supporters strengthen the impact of our work. Learn about the Friends of B.A.R.K.