Some colleges allow pets in dormitories

Some colleges allow pets in dormitories

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Sometimes AU students will have a roommate that has puked on their bed, peed on their floor or ate their pizza that has sat around for five days. Students in other colleges across the nation have similar problems - but these roommates are pets.

Several colleges have begun to allow students to keep animals in their dormitories, but AU is not one of them. As of right now, no pets are permitted in the dorms, according to Director of Residence Life Rick Treter

"We define a pet as anything that cannot live under water for more than five minutes - in other words - fish," he said.

Schools such as Washington and Jefferson College in Pennsylvania, Eckerd College in Florida and Stephens College in Missouri have opted for pet-friendly residence policies. The intention is to make adjusting to college life easier for new students as well as reap the financial benefits of keeping the students who want to own pets in campus housing, according to USA Today.

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jenna thomas

Calgary, Canada

#1 Jan 12, 2009
i think that it would be a huge plus to allow pets in more colleges. I know that I'm hesitating from continuing my education because i just got a dog that is very special to me and I wont leave it behind. I think if schools realised that students are putting off or searching for new schools that allow pets, it is financial interest to start loosening the rules. There are so many ways we could incorporate pets into college life.
Why not have a floor in the agriculture builing where they can stay when you arent in the dorm? Dogs runs or a kennel? This could also provide biology students with a fun alternative to studying off the textbooks; obviously no animal experimentation, but DNA study from saliva and hair, animal behaviour, etc. It could be a rewarding and more comforting envirnment for alot of people.

Barberton, OH

#2 Feb 1, 2010
I'm a senior in high school and I've always been an animal person. I've been allowed to have pets at my dad's house, but at my mom's (where I mainly stay- parents are divorced) I've never been allowed to. I'm horrible at caring for fish but the exact opposite goes for anything else. I've taken care of rabbits, cats and gerbils with ease. I've been trying to find schools that will allow me to keep an animal in the dorm. I've only found 2 that I'm somewhat interested in. I know my college experience would be greatly enhanced if I got to keep a pet. For me, it would mean more freedom and more responsibility, in a good way.

I really hope more schools decide to allow pets. I can't imagine how many other seniors will have difficulties with this, like me.

Fountain Hills, AZ

#3 Jun 2, 2010
I believe that having dogs in your room is a major plus. Like if the school has a vet program you could make a rule that if your animal comes to live on the school grounds that you have to enroll them in the program where they will be used for practices grooming or something. I hope that by the time i go to collage I will be able to bring my puppy with me!!!!!!!!!!

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