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Pets are welcome on some college campuses


Thursday, May 03, 2012
Preparing for your move to a college campus often means looking around your bedroom and figuring out what you absolutely need to bring and what stays behind. As colleges tend to have strict rules regarding what residents can and cannot have in their dorm rooms, you probably think that your beloved pet will have to remain at home. However, this is not always the case.

Officials at several colleges and universities realize how hard the transition from high school to college can be for students. They also understand that being able to bring a cherished pet to campus can help these students adjust to their new surroundings.

If you love animals and truly feel that having your pet come with you to college will enhance your experience, look into what are known as pet-friendly schools during your search for colleges.

While these schools allow pets, this does not mean dogs can run freely through the halls of a dorm. Each pet-friendly college has very specific rules for its student pet-owners, so before you arrive on campus with your dog or parrot, make sure you are aware of and in compliance with school regulations.

Of the schools that allow dogs and cats on campus, some have a set weight limits for these pets. It is not uncommon for colleges that allow canine companions to also have special spaces set up for these animals, such as dog parks and daycare centers.

Fish tanks are allowed in many dorms, but there is typically a limit on how big they can be. Similarly, there are schools that are fine with students having everything from turtles and snakes to hamsters and small birds in their room, as long as they are kept in enclosed cages or tanks.

Of course, officials at pet-friendly schools realize that not every student loves animals, while others may have allergies. Consequently, pet owners are typically assigned to special dorms. In some cases, these students may have to receive written consent from their roommate before their animal can move in.

When searching for a college, the ability to have a pet on campus should not be your primary reason for selecting a school. However, if a pet-friendly school offers great academic and extracurricular programs and allows you to see your favorite animal every day, there is no reason why you should not apply.ADNFCR-16000756-ID-800768381-ADNFCR

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