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University opens pet-friendly dorm

Published On: Apr 18 2014 08:17:52 AM CDT
Updated On: Apr 18 2014 03:06:12 PM CDT
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Greeley (KDVR) -- The University of Northern Colorado is rolling out the welcome mat for students … and their pets.


Beginning in the fall, UNC will open a pet-friendly residence hall. The school will allow nearly 40 cats and dogs to join their owners at college.


According to the website CollegeXpress, Northern Colorado will become one of less than a dozen U.S. colleges that allow four-legged companions on campus.


Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, North Carolina is also on the list. The campus is pet-friendly according to MyFoxCarolinas.com.


It's a campus-wide philosophy, if you will, about the relationship between people and animals and certainly their pets," says President Dr. Barry Buxton who initiated the pet-friendly policy.

Walk into a classroom and you might see dogs, a cat and maybe even something more unique.


"Part of is just at that base level of pet owner and pet and the love they share. To think that you're gonna bring a young person to college and say, 'OK, that relationship you have that preexists college, you cannot carry it forward.' There's something that just rubs me wrong about that," Dr. Buxton says.


Vice president Ginger Hansen says the policy has been a hit with prospective students. And students with animal allergies or even fears of animals don't need to worry. Pets are only allowed in certain dorms at the school. Each teacher also decides whether students can bring animals into classrooms.