More colleges are adopting pet-friendly policies

May 26, 2019 | USA Today

“I grew up as an only child in a very pet-friendly household. We’ve never not had a dog in the house,” says 20-year-old Colin Hilliard, a junior at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Fla. “College was the first time that I’d been away from home … so it was extremely challenging for me to adjust.”

After his freshman year, while he was home in Gettysburg, Pa., Hilliard adopted a 2-month-old puppy named Luna. He took advantage of Eckerd’s pet-friendly policy by bringing Luna to live with him on campus his sophomore year. “I’d always used my dog to ease my anxiety symptoms, so being without one was rough,” he says. “Having my dog at college gives me the emotional stability I need to keep up with my busy schedule.”

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