More and more universities are allowing pets in dormitories

Very few universities allow students to keep pets in dormitories, but this number is increasing.
‘I’m an only child in a family who loves animals. We always have a dog in the house ” – Colin Hilliard, 20, student of Eckerd College (USA) shared.

“Going to college was a time when I was away from home … It was a challenge I had to overcome.”

After the first year of college, Colin adopted a 2-month-old puppy named Luna. The reason he has a pet in the dormitory is because of Eckerd’s pet-friendly policy.

‘Luna helps me ease anxiety symptoms. Raising dogs at school gives me emotional stability to keep up with my busy schedule, ” Colin said.

Recent studies show that keeping pets can lower blood pressure and cholesterol, reduce feelings of loneliness and increase the level of motor activity.
In 2017, there was a study called ‘Pets at university: Are close friends or bad decisions?’. The study followed 66 students, including pets and non-adopters, across their subjects for a semester.

‘There is not much difference in stress level and anxiety between animal owners and non-breeders. However, we have found that, for pet students, even if they say they are under a lot of stress, those stresses will not translate into anxiety symptoms, ” the study authors write. good.

Eckerd College is one of the first US universities to allow students to have pets in their halls of residence. Founded in 1958, the school was originally for students to keep aquarium fish and small animals. But then, in 1973, the school began to allow bigger animals like dogs and cats.

In the 2018 school year, there were 1,842 graduates, 229 pets were registered with the students. More than half of them are dogs and cats. Other pets include hamsters, lizards, hedgehogs, rabbits, and weasels. Many funny students even wear graduation coats for their pets.

Of the 1,000 universities studied, only 4% allowed pets, but the number is increasing day by day.