Pet Friendly Community

Southeast Missouri State University allows residential students the opportunity to have their family pet live with them on campus in select floors of Myers Hall. This community is part of a one-year pilot program for the 2018-19 academic year. At the end of the academic year, the university will evaluate the program to determine if it will continue in future years. There are no plans to expand the program to other residence halls.

The pet friendly hall procedures are separate from the Emotional Support/Service Animal Procedures. A pet is not considered an emotional support animal or service animal. See the Office of Residence Life website for information on the Emotional Support/Service Animal Procedure.

Pets may not be brought into the pet friendly community in Myers Hall without prior approval from the Office Residence Life. Permitted pets include the following:

  1. Indoor domestic cats (under 40 pounds)
  2. Domestic dogs (under 50 pounds)
  3. Small caged animals (hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs, turtles, hermit crabs, etc.) that live in an aquarium 29 gallons or less or similarly sized cage.

Students requesting a pet must complete an Animal Registration Request form and submit it to the Office of Residence Life. Requests must be submitted annually or for each new housing contract period.

  • A $200 non-refundable registration/cleaning fee must also be submitted with the request each academic year. No pets will be allowed during the summer.
  • Requests must be submitted a minimum of two weeks prior to bringing the pet to campus.
    • Pets must arrive on campus during the first two weeks of each semester; after the first two weeks they will not be allowed to move to campus until the following semester.

Health Documentation

Students requesting a pet in the pet friendly community must provide all of the following documentation to the Office of Residence Life along with their request:

  • Veterinary proof of ownership according to age requirements:
    • Dogs must be at least one year old and must have lived with the student’s family for 10 months
    • Cats must be at least six months old and must have lived with the student’s family for three months
    • Acquisition of animal by purchasing, fostering, adopting or strays is not permitted
  • Documentation from a licensed veterinarian that the pet is current on all applicable vaccinations and is in good health. (Applicable animals must wear a current rabies vaccination tag.)
    • Rabies, DAPP, distemper, flea/tick prevention and/or maintenance
    • Dogs -  provide records of Bordatella and Heartworm prevention
    • Cats - FIV, Feline Leukemia Virus prevention (FeLV) and Heartworm prevention
  • Certification of Altering (spay or neuter)
    • Canine and feline only

Request Decision

Upon submission of all requested documents, students will receive approval/denial via email from the Office of Residence Life. Pets should not be brought to campus prior to receiving approval. Requests from owners who bring pets to campus prior to receiving approval will be denied.

If the request is denied due to documentation, students should contact the Office of Residence Life for additional information about the request.

Contact

573.651.2274
Fax: 573-651-2557
residencelife@semo.edu
Towers Complex 102
Office of Residence Life
One University Plaza, MS 0055
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701

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