At Stetson University in Deland rabbits and other pets are bringing a bit of joy and calm to students. According toMegan Young, one of the coordinators of Housing and Residential Life who oversees residence halls, the university does not rule out the possibility of adding more pet-friendly rooms in the future if the waiting list continues to grow.
"It's really been a great situation," Young said about the high interest by students and success of the pet-friendly hall.
The program helps with retention in allowing students "to feel this is their home as well," Young said.
Interacting with other students with pets also helps students feel like they belong more to a community, she said, and "it helps them mature by taking care of someone other than themselves."
Pictured: Julie Stevens gives her pet rabbit Serafina treats at the pet-friendly Nemec Hall at Steston University in DeLand on Tuesday. (Photo credit: N-J | Peter Bauer)