Simpson University Welcomes Haven Humane Pets for Finals Week

For Immediate Release


REDDING, Calif. - Simpson University students will get some furry study-break pals during finals week, thanks to the Haven Humane Society.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 14 and 16, Haven will bring dogs to campus for students to stop by and pet. The dogs will be near the clock tower, centrally located near the Grubbs Learning Center, Science and Nursing Center, and LaBaume-Rudat Hall.

Mark Storrey, chief executive officer of Haven, said the idea for "Pause for Paws" came from a Haven volunteer who saw it take place on another university campus and thought it would be neat to try locally.

Not only do the students get a fun break, Storrey said, the dogs also benefit from a “field trip” and socialization.

“Many studies show that spending time with dogs calms people and decreases stress,” he said. “Knowing how stressful college finals can be, we thought this was a perfect place to bring our dogs that are always looking for some love and attention.”

Haven Humane has been caring for lost, homeless and abused animals in the Redding area since 1952. Its services have expanded to include an adoption center and spay/neuter clinic, in addition to a shelter. Haven also brings adoptable pets to PetSmart in Redding on Wednesdays through Sundays. Learn more about Haven Humane at


Simpson University, established in 1921, is a Christian university offering undergraduate, graduate, and teaching credential programs. The university celebrated its 25th year in Redding and the completion of a Science and Nursing Center in 2014. Academic programs include ASPIRE, a degree-completion program geared toward working adults with both on-campus and online course offerings, including degrees in psychology and organizational leadership. For information about the university, or to arrange a campus visit, call 1-888-9-SIMPSON or visit


Contact: SU Public Relations
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