More Colleges Going Pet-Friendly

More Colleges Going Pet-Friendly
More Colleges Going Pet-Friendly
For some students, they will no longer have to suffer the heartache of looking into the sad puppy eyes of Fido as they say goodbye to go back to school after a too-short holiday back home. Now, at several university campuses, Fido can come along too.

Pets can bring great comfort to stressed, lonely, and homesick students studying far from home. Just as pets, whether they are of the furry, scaled, or feathered variety, can bring a sense of warmth, love, and calm to families back home, they can do the same for students as well. Pets act as companions and can help students hone their sense of responsibility and duty as they care for their animals while simultaneously balancing academics and socializing. Having a pet can even encourage students to stay out of trouble so that they do not jeopardize the well-being of the creature.

Many schools still stick to a strict “No Pets” policy because of the issues of allergies and property damage, but several schools have realized the benefits of allowing their students to own pets. These schools get around the issues commonly associated with student pet ownership by creating designated “pet-friendly dorms” as well as requiring students to undergo a rigorous procedure of registering their animal with the school. For example, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has a pet policy that only allows for students to own cats as dorm pets, and even then, these students must live on special “pet floors” of residence halls in order to have them. This is because cats are relatively low maintenance and are not noisy, so some colleges will allow them rather than noisier animals like dogs and birds. Still, some college do allow for students to bring in pets like dogs and birds, such as Stephens College. Students who live on a “pet floor” of Stephens College can bring in dogs weighing less than 40 pounds or another small animal as long as the creature has been pre-approved by the school. By containing these animals to the “pet floors,” the college can reduce the amount of contact that the animals have with other students so that even those who do not like the animals can still enjoy a comfortable time at the school.

While not all schools are on board with allowing pets to live with students on campus yet, some are slowly making their way towards becoming more open to the possibility. Perhaps with the success of the current pet-friendly schools, more universities will make the transition.
http://www.onlinecolleges.net/2010/02/24/more-colleges-going-pet-friendly/

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