Animals in Residence

Animals in Residence Agreement Form

In general, animals, including visiting animals, are prohibited in on-campus housing. Residents in SUV Pet Housing or any residents who has an Assistance Animal must submit this form 60 days prior to bringing an animal to campus.

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.
    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.
  3. Service Animal: A 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.
    3. 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.
    4. 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.
    3. Emotional Support Animals may accompany their owner to any location within the owner’s assigned residence to which the owner has access.
    4. 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 animals are considered pets unless/until determined to be Service or Emotional Support animals by Student Accessibility Serives (
    2. Documentation and approval are required for all animals before the animal can be brought to campus.
      1. To allow time for documentation review and roommate notification (if needed) all documentation must be submitted 60 days prior to the time the resident intends to bring the animal to campus.
      2. Residents found with an animal on-campus prior to receiving approval will be required to immediately remove the animal from campus and may face disciplinary action.
    3. Residents in Schilletter Village or University Village pet housing planning to bring a pet to their on-campus assignment must submit:
      1. A completed Animals in Residence form;
      2. A clear and recent photograph of the animal; and
      3. Written verification from a veterinarian that the animal is in good health and has received all necessary vaccinations required in the state of Iowa.
    4. Residents requesting to bring a Service or Emotional Support animal into their on-campus assignment must:
      1. Register with the office of Student Acessibility Services, meeting the documentation guidelines outlined here;
      2. Submit a completed Housing Accommodation form;
      3. Submit a completed Animals in Residence form;
      4. Submit a clear and recent photograph of the animal; and
      5. Submit written verification from a veterinarian that the animal is in good health, has received all necessary vaccinations required in the state of Iowa, and (cats/dogs only) is at least one year old.
  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 as a non-domestic animal.
    2. All animals are prohibited in the Allergen Alert and Aware House, located in Martin Coov-Lace.
  7. Owner Responsibility
    1. Owners must abide by current Ames city, Story county, and Iowa state laws and/or regulations pertaining to licensing, vaccination, and other requirements for animals.
      1. Dogs and cats must be vaccinated for Rabies before they will be permitted into campus housing. Very young puppies and kittens who are not yet old enough to be vaccinated for Rabies are therefore not permitted in housing.
      2. Animals must display CURRENT identification and vaccination tags at all times.
    2. Owners must abide by all policies and regulations in this document, the current Housing Contract Terms and Conditions, and the University Policy library.
    3. It is encouraged that all dogs go through obedience training.
    4. Owners must maintain control of their animal at all times.
      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 owner’s on-campus assigned room or apartment.
      2. Loose animals are subject to capture and confinement (by ISU Police, Ames Police, or Ames Animal Control Services) and immediate removal from university housing.
    5. Owners are 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.
      1. Roommates are not responsible for the care or maintenance of their roommate’s animal.
    6. Animals may not be left in housing overnight to be cared for by someone other than the owner. If the owner is absent from their residence overnight or longer, the owner must take the animal with them.
      1. When absent from their assignment for short periods, such as class, the animal must be restricted to 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).
    7. Owners are responsible for ensuring that the volume of their animals is not disruptive to other residents. This includes barking, whining, meowing, squeaking, squawking, talking, etc. Animals deemed disruptive to other residents are subject to removal from university housing.
    8. Owners are responsible for ensuring their animals are house trained prior to bringing the animal into residence.
      1. Cats must be litter trained and dogs are to be taken outdoors, to a grassy area, for urination/defecation.
      2. 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.
      3. Cat litter, small animal bedding, etc. must be bagged and disposed of in outside garbage dumpsters
    9. 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.
    10. 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.
    11. 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.
    12. 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.