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The Paws Have It!
Here is what you need to know about pets at FAU. When my daughter first started at FAU, she often called or texted daily asking for pictures of our family dog Lucy. I think she missed the dog more than me! Over the years we have outfitted Lucy with all the FAU gear available for dogs. And often I found the more times I sent pictures of our family dog, the fewer texts I would get saying “But mom I found the cutest dog who needs to be rescued” Don’t get me wrong, I love animals, especially dogs. But I am not a huge fan of students having a pet at college. I understand that the unconditional love of a sweet puppy or kitten can be wonderful around stressful times like midterms or finals. (FAU often brings therapy dogs to campus during these times for just this reason.) I am, however, very aware of the work that goes into training a pet and the expenses that come along with their lovability. Nevertheless, students occasionally develop amnesia for these sorts of realities and get drawn in by floppy ears and wagging tails.
This, of course, does not include students who have service animals. There are not too many allowed into dorms; however, they do try to accommodate qualified students. For the guidelines for requesting an Emotional Support Animal accommodation on campus, click here. but for those who live off-campus, there are apartments that allow for pets. The Disability Act allows for ESA animals (Emotional Support Animals) and service animals to live with you for free; otherwise, it is considered discrimination against people with disabilities. To bring a service animal on campus, a student has to go through a specific process. Click here for that information.
However, should your students decide to adopt a pet while at college, they should check the rules for where they are living or intend to live. When searching for an apartment, it is easy enough to find out which are pet- friendly without having to make too many phone calls. Some apartment complexes have separate leases for pets (which can often be an extra charge a month or high fee at the beginning of the lease)
If your student lives in the dorms, the only allowed pets are fish. The fish must be housed in a 10 gallon or less tank. If students are found to have other pets they can face fines or even be removed from the housing.
If you do end up with grand-puppies, you may want to add some Owl gear to the holiday shopping list. There are all kinds of fun leashes, collars, and toys for our newest, furry fans. If you’re lucky, you too may get some zany videos/pics like the ones I send them of our dog in return.
Dog Friendly Restaurants
When it comes to dog-friendly restaurants, unless you have a Service/Emotional Support animal, dog-friendly means you may eat outside with them.
Be sure, when making reservations, you tell them you are traveling with a pet. Some have fees.
Hilton Boca Raton Suites – small dogs only
Ocean Lodge– small dogs only
Quality Inn Boca Raton – small dogs only
Residence Inn by Marriott – small dogs only
Waterstone Resort and Marina – small dogs only
Woodspring Suites – small dogs
Bark Park Dog Beach – 3001 N Ocean Blvd. Need a permit- weekend $11 per dog
Canine Cove at South County Regional Park – 12551 Glades Rd. Two large dog sections, 1 medium dog and 1 small dog section. Pet fountains, dogi-pot pet stations with plastic bags and waste receptacles, pet washing station.
Mizner Bark Dog Park – 751 Banyan Trl. Separate area for small dogs, medium dogs, one for large dogs. Once inside the gated entryway, dogs can run off-leash. Park features include doggie bags, water fountains, wash stations, and trash cans.
Lake Ida Dog Park – 1455 Lake Ida Rd. Two large dog sections, one small dog section, paved dog wash station, Fido fountain, dog bag dispensers
Woofing Waters Dog Park – 401 S Powerline Rd. Located at Quiet Waters Park. The dog park has facilities for larger dogs, and for smaller dogs. Features for the big dogs include a spraying hydrant, a shower nozzle, an eight-nozzle line jet, and nearly 800 linear feet of hard-surface paths. Little dogs also get a shower nozzle and an eight-nozzle line jet, as well as a ring, or water loop, where they can run through an assortment of sprays. The smaller dogs also have a grassy, fenced area they can run around in freely. Pets rule!
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