It’s autumn in the northern hemisphere and the time of year when students are going to colleges and universities for the first time. If they are enrolled at Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri – there’s a high chance that their dog can come too!
Searcy Hall at the college is better known as Pet Central and houses 40 students and their pets. Pets have been accepted at the college since 2004. The college also has a pet fostering program. They’ve partnered with a local no-kill shelter and students can foster a dog during their time at college and train and socialise them in preparation for adoption.
A scholarship, room discount, paid food and medications, and pet deposit waiver are just a few of the benefits available to freshmen and transfer students who apply to participate in the pet fostering program.
Sadly, the college’s insurance policy excludes these breeds from staying at Pet Central: Pit Bull, Rottweiler, Chow, Akita and German Shepherd. I’m not a supporter of breed-specific legislation and so it’s hard to accept these types of restrictions but that’s the influence of the underwriters, unfortunately.