Frequently Asked Questions

What is an animal?

Cats, dogs (under 40 pounds), rabbits, ducks, large birds, ferrets, and chinchillas are considered animals, and must be properly registered with the Pet Life Staff before residing on campus. The acquisition of a dog or cat, purchased, fostered, adopted, or stray, while a student at Eckerd, is prohibited. Animals are only allowed in designated animal friendly houses.

What is a small pet?

Fish, small birds, hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs, rats, amphibians, and reptiles are considered small pets and must be properly registered. Small pets are permitted in all complexes.

How old must my cat or dog be to live on campus?

Your dog must be at least one year old and have lived with the student or student’s family for at least ten months. Your cat must be at least six months old and have lived with the student or student’s family for at least three months.

What is the weight limit of my cat or dog living on campus?

Forty pounds is the maximum weight allowed for a cat or dog on campus.

Does my cat or dog need to be on a leash?

Cats and dogs must be on a leash at all times while on campus, excluding the Pet Park.

Can I bring an animal as a freshman/transfer student to campus?

Freshmen and transfer students may have a pet after living on the Eckerd College campus for one semester, provided that their pet meets the requirements stated within this policy. These students must reside in a designated Animal Friendly house and will be required to properly register with the Pet Council.

Does my cat or dog have to be spayed or neutered?

Your cat or dog has to be spayed or neutered at the time of registration and veterinarian certification is required.

Are there any dog breeds not allowed on campus?

No. All breeds are allowed on campus, however, the dog must meet the requirements outlined in the Pet Policy in order to reside on campus. No animal may exhibit any aggressive behavior towards humans or other animals/small pets.

How much does it cost to register an animal on campus?

The cost is $150.00 for the academic year.

Can a friend bring an animal to campus to visit?

Yes, a written request must be submitted to the Pet Life Staff one week prior to arrival and it must be approved in writing to

When I bring my animal to campus how long do I have to register?

You must register your animal prior to your arrival to campus. After registering, Pet Life Staff will review your registration and other documentation and will inform you whether or not your registration was successful.

How many animals or small pets can I have on campus?

One animal or two small pets per owner are permitted on campus.

Where can I review the complete Eckerd College Pet Policy?

Check out the Pet Policy page.

Is there a College veterinarian that conducts health checks on the animals?

Yes. The College works with a local veterinarian to conduct health checks twice a year. We use Dr. James Lutz from Largo Veterinary Hospital. He has been a great addition to our Pet Life program.