Eckerd College

Pets play a special role on our campus

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Loyal. Loving. Always waiting by way of the door. If you’ve got a puppy, you know what we mean. There’s something about that lovable little face that instantly makes the day a bit brighter.

Every yr on the grounds that 1973, we’ve welcomed pets on our campus. We realize that by using bringing your dog or cat or ferret, you’re bringing a bit little bit of home with you. So carry it

In preserving the position they play in college student’s lives, we treat resident pets to a few quite sweet perks:

Nothing but the pleasant for a princess

Every spring we have a commencement rite for outgoing pets, entire with “diplomas” provided by our president. Check out some press insurance.
Every October we preserve a puppy blessing in honor of St. Francis of Assisi, the customer saint of animals.
We’ve even been known to have fun with a “bark mitzvah”!

The low-down on university together with your pet

You may additionally bring your huge puppy to campus as early as your 2d semester dwelling on campus.
You can also deliver your small pet to campus as early as your first semester residing on campus.
You have to check in your huge puppy or small puppy with the Pet Life Staff. All pets must meet the registration and inoculation necessities.
Small pets in cages are approved in all house halls. Large pets described as puppies, cats, rabbits, chinchillas, and ferrets are most effectively allowed in massive puppy housing.


Q What is a large pet?

Cats, dogs (under 40 pounds), rabbits, large birds, ferrets, and chinchillas are considered large, and must be properly registered with the Pet Life Staff before residing on campus. The acquisition of a dog or cat, purchased, fostered, adopted, or stray, while a student at Eckerd, is prohibited. Large pets are only allowed in designated large pet houses.

Q What is a small pet?

Fish, small birds, hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs, rats, amphibians, and reptiles are considered small pets and must be properly registered. Small pets are permitted in all complexes. A student may have no more than two small pets.

Q How old must my cat or dog be to live on campus?

Your dog must be at least one year old and have lived with the student or student’s family for at least ten months. Your cat must be at least six months old and have lived with the student or student’s family for at least three months.

Q What is the weight limit of my cat or dog living on campus?

Forty pounds is the maximum weight allowed for a cat or dog on campus.

Q Does my cat or dog need to be on a leash?

Cats and dogs must be on a leash connected to a human handler at all times while on campus, excluding the Pet Park.