There's no doubt that pets leave a huge imprint (or paw print!) on our lives. Of course, when students leave for college, saying goodbye to dogs and cats can be difficult.
Now, a new trend among universities is to throw young pet owners a bone. According to The New York Times
, colleges are setting aside dorm rooms for students to live with their furry friends.
"Bringing this particular piece of home with them may make that separation easier," Dianne Lynch, who became president of Stephens College last year, told the news source. Lynch is also a proud parent of two pooches and two cats.
Other fur-friendly institutions include the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the State University of New York at Canton and Eckerd College in Florida.
And while opponents insist the move will help animals
more than humans, Lynch maintains other universities will soon be following suit.
"Colleges will begin to recognize that this is important to students," she told the news outlet.
According to the American Veterinary Medicine Association, almost half of pet owners considered their dogs and cats to be a family member.