It's nice to have a best friend to lean on when you're facing the pressures of college. Forty-five students on Thursday registered pets who will live with them this school year at Eckerd College, which has one of the nation's oldest pets-in-residence programs in the country, dating back to the 1970s.
“What we see is a lot of students have trouble acclimating to college life, and this allows them to have a piece of home with them,” said Tonya Womack, assistant director of campus safety and security.
At Eckerd, students must register dogs, cats, ferrets, large birds, ducks, rabbits snakes and chinchillas. Dogs must be under 40 pounds, and animals must be at least a year old and have lived with the student or their family for 10 months. Five individual houses and one full complex now allow pets at the waterfront St. Petersburg college.