Animals in Residence

Animals in Residence Agreement Form

Animals in Residence Policy

Animals, including visiting animals, are prohibited in on-campus housing with the following exceptions:

  1. Fish: A gill-bearing aquatic craniate animal that lacks limbs with digits.
    1. Documentation and prior approval are not required for fish.
    2. Fish are permitted in all residence halls and apartments, limited to one aquarium with appropriate equipment, per contracted resident.
    3. The maximum aquarium capacity allowed is 30 gallons per room.

  2. Pet: Any animal kept for ordinary companionship. Service Animals and Emotional Support Animals are not considered pets.
    1. Documentation and prior approval are required for all pets.
    2. Pets are permitted ONLY in University Village buildings 121 – 125 and 145 – 163 and Schilletter Village buildings 11 – 16.
    3. Residents are permitted a MAXIMUM of two (2) pets per APARTMENT.
    4. All pet-friendly apartments are billed at the pet rate ( regardless of pet ownership.
      1. Private / Shared Apartments (see Terms and Conditions for definitions
        1. Regardless of pet ownership, single residents of pet-friendly apartments will be required to maintain their apartment as PRIVATE until such time that they identify a roommate of their own choosing.
        2. In SHARED pet-friendly apartments where one resident vacates, the apartment will revert to PRIVATE until the above conditions are met.

  3. Service Animal: An dog or miniature horse that is trained, or in the process of being trained under the auspices of a recognized training facility, to do specific work or perform tasks for the benefit of a person with a disability.
    1. Documentation and prior approval are required for all Service Animals.
    2. Service animals are generally permitted to accompany people with disabilities in all university buildings/facilities where students, faculty, staff, and visitors are allowed.
      1. A service animal’s access to certain areas on campus may need to be limited should the service animal’s presence create an undue hardship to the university.
    3. Only one Service Animal will be permitted per resident and generally only one Service Animal will be assigned per university housing unit.

  4. Emotional Support Animals: Any animal providing well-being or comfort that eases one or more identified symptoms or effects of a disability.
    1. Documentation and prior approval are required for all Emotional Support Animals.
    2. Emotional Support Animals are restricted to residential areas and are not otherwise permitted inside other university buildings.
      1. Emotional Support Animals may accompany their owner to any location within the owner’s assigned residence to which the owner has access.
    3. Only one emotional support animal will be permitted per resident and generally only one emotional support animal will be assigned per university housing unit.

  5. Documentation Requirements
    1. All documentation must be submitted 60 days prior to the time the resident brings the animal into their on-campus space.
    2. Any resident wishing to bring an animal into their on-campus assignment must submit the following:
      1. A clear and recent photograph of the animal; and
      2. Written verification from a veterinarian that the animal is in good health and has received all necessary vaccinations.
    3. Residents planning to bring a Service Animal or Emotional Support Animal into their on-campus assignment must also:
      1. Submit a Housing Accommodation form;
      2. Register with the office of Student Disability Resources;
      3. Submit documentation that meets the guidelines outlined here:

  6. Prohibited Animals
    1. Animals prohibited by the City of Ames Municipal Code are not permitted in residence.
      1. Any wolf-mix dog is considered a wolf and is therefore prohibited in residence as a non-domestic animal.

  7. Owner Responsibility
    1. The owner must abide by current city, county, and state laws and/or regulations pertaining to licensing, vaccination, and other requirements for animals.
    2. Owners must ensure that their animal displays CURRENT identification and vaccination tags, including a current rabies tag if legally required, at all times.
    3. It is strongly encouraged that all dogs go through obedience training (Ames Kennel Club
    4. Owners must maintain control of their animal at all times. The animal shall not be permitted to go loose or run at large.
      1. All animals must be restrained, on a leash or in a carrier/crate, and in the presence of the owner whenever the animal is outside of the owners on-campus space.
      2. Animals found loose are subject to capture and confinement and immediate removal from university housing.
    5. The owner is required to ensure the animal is well cared for at all times. Any evidence of mistreatment or abuse may result in immediate removal of the animal and/or disciplinary action for the owner.
    6. Roommates are in no way responsible for the care or maintenance of their roommate’s animal.
    7. Animals may not be left in housing overnight to be cared for by an individual other than the owner. If the owner is to be absent from their residence overnight or longer, the owner must take the owner with them.
      1. When absent from their assignment for short periods, such as class, the animal should be restrained in the owner’s assigned bedroom. If the owner is in a shared bedroom, the animal must be restrained in a carrier/crate so as to protect the belongings of any roommate(s).
    8. Owners are responsible for noise control as concerns their animal. Animals that are disruptively noisy are subject to immediate removal from university housing.
    9. Owners are responsible for ensuring their animals are house trained prior to bringing the animal into residence.
    10. Animal feces must be disposed of properly. Owners must remove feces from University property / grounds, dispose of it in a plastic bag, and then place that bag in outside garbage dumpsters. Cleanup must occur IMMEDIATELY.
      1. Cat litter, small animal bedding, etc. must be bagged and disposed of in outside garbage dumpsters.
    11. The owner will take all reasonable precautions to protect the property of the University and the residents. All liability for actions of the animal (bites, scratches, damages to property, nuisance barking etc.) is the responsibility of the owner.
      1. If a pet attacks / bites anyone or is determined by University staff to be dangerous, abandoned, neglected, or a nuisance the animal is subject to immediate removal from the community.
    12. Residential laundry rooms are not to be used for cleaning animal bedding or clothing. Owners wishing to wash these items should visit a commercial laundry facility off-campus or take the items home.
    13. DOR maintains the right to conduct inspections for fleas, ticks, or other pests. If any are found, the space will be treated – at the owner’s expense – using approved fumigation services by a university-approved pest control service.
      1. The owner will be required to remove the animal from residence and will not be permitted to bring the animal back until such time that they have submitted written verification that the animal has been treated and is pest free.
    14. The owner will be responsible for any damage caused by the animal to university property. Any charges related to damage by the animal will be applied to the owner’s university bill.