Furry Friends Welcome: Why Colleges Should Embrace Pets in Dorms

How amazing would it be if while you’re navigating the highs and lows of college life, a furry friend is there to offer cuddles and companionship? Well, according to recent stats, a whopping 96% of colleges in the U.S. still aren’t cool with pets crashing in dorms; but this percentage is (very) slowly increasing. Here are some reasons why more colleges should welcome four-legged pals.

Boosting Well-being

College can be a rollercoaster ride. From midterm madness to homesickness, sometimes you just need a buddy to chill with. Enter pets: Studies show that having a furry friend around can majorly dial down stress levels and even combat feelings of loneliness.

Building Community Vibes

Imagine strolling through the dorm halls and bumping into a fellow pet owner. Instant conversation starter, right? Allowing pets in dorms can spark connections among students and create new friendships (and even romances). Whether it’s bonding over puppy training tips or sharing cat memes, pets bring people together.

Learning Life Lessons

Having a pet in college can actually help students level up their adulting skills. From sticking to a feeding schedule to cleaning up after their furball, taking care of a pet teaches responsibility, time management, and empathy. Plus, who wouldn’t want to show off their pet-parenting skills?

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