Pets are loyal companions, but they can also be royal pains.
For many women at Stephens, the pet-friendly campus was a big factor in their decision to attend the college. That is one of the main reasons a new pet floor in Tower Hall has been added this fall, after a decision was made in response to the high demand for more pet floors. Many students are happy with this decision, but that does not mean the increased number of pets hasn’t been met with more complaints and incidences.
Emily Langella, a junior equestrian major and the Residence Assistant of the pet floor in Tower Hall, said the increase of pets on campus this year has had some negative effects.
“There has been a lot more poop not getting picked up because people are getting lazy. People aren’t cleaning up their rooms so their pets live in their mess,” she said.
Langella said there have been several incidents, one including a dog having diarrhea all throughout the hallway on the second floor as well as down the whole stairwell.
“The worst part was that an alumna came in that day, who had graduated in the late ’80s, who wanted to see her room, and I kindly had to persuade her not to because of the incident,” Langella said.
Langella said the woman could have been a possible donor to the college.
Taylor Wetzel, a sophomore theatre major said, “It was all over the floor, in the hallway and in the stairs. It dried into the carpet, and no one cleaned it up for quite a few days. It was disgusting.”
Despite the incident, Wetzel still loves that Stephens is pet friendly. After not having a pet her freshmen year, she decided to take advantage of the fostering program, which allows a student to foster a pet rather than bringing her own. She now lives with her roommate and her new cat, a blue-point Siamese mix named Greyson.
“I’ve had him for about two weeks. My roommate and I are busy a lot of the time, so we thought since cats are more independent than dogs, it would be kinder to the animal as it wouldn’t need our attention as much,” Wetzel said.
Amy Shank, a sophomore fashion design major who hasn’t witnessed any negativity about the animals, loves the fact that Stephens is a pet-friendly school.
“I think they’re great. It’s a wonderful option for girls who might not be able to take a pet home over the summer, and for the animals,” Shank said. She wants to get a green basilisk, which is a small lizard.
No matter how many pets are on campus, there are always going to be pet owners who are not ready for the responsibility that comes with having an animal. If an animal or pet owner becomes a problem, they will receive a warning, further problems result in a fifty dollar fine and the possible revocation of pet privileges, which has occurred several times. For now, Stephens will continue to welcome all animals.