Why It’s NOT A Good Idea To Take A Pet To College

Every year, when kids go off to college, the topic of taking their favorite pet along or  adopting a cat or dog as a college companion crops up. For various reasons, this is NOT a good idea.

First, not many schools allow pets in on-campus housing and owning a pet is a commitment that is difficult to hide. Dogs need to go for walks. Cats love to sit in windows and look out.

And while it’s obvious that having a pet can help ease the transition from home life to college life, there is really too much going on to undertake such a commitment. Every year, college towns find they are inundated with unwanted pets, when irresponsible students go home and can’t or don’t bother to take their pets with them. And what happens over long weekends and vacations throughout the college year?

Campus life is busy. Apart from the transition to a different lifestyle, there is a lot going on in terms of campus social life and, of course, the main reason for being there in the first place — to study.

For most students living on campus means living with lots of other students. It’s difficult to keep dorm or apartment doors closed at all time. Students tend to go in and out of each other’s accommodation and this is dangerous in terms of both dogs and cats getting out and getting lost. And even for students living on their own in a dorm room or having their own room in a student apartment, keeping a dog or a cat cooped up in one small room is unfair on the pet.

Having a pet means worrying about food, vet bills and a license for the pet in accordance with the city ordinances where the college is situated. Simply put, there are far too many things to take into consideration for the pet’s general health and well-being. Having a pet is costly and such costs are never taken into account in terms of the average college student’s financial aid package.

For any student longing for pet companionship, it would be worth considering to volunteer at a local animal shelter. They always welcome extra help and hands-on attention given to shelter pets can be a great fur fix.

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