The La Salle University student body is earning some well-deserved time with their four-legged companions. The Catholic college, located in Philadelphia, announced that it would soon become the first college in its region to permit canines as pets in residence halls.
There are some rules, of course. Selected dogs must weigh under 30 pounds. La Salle has specified certain breeds should abstain from applying, like Rottweilers, German Shepherds, Pitbulls, and Dobermans. The idea was spawned from the school’s twice-yearly events where students and faculty are encouraged to bring their dogs to campus.
Dawn Soufleris, vice president of student affairs, noted her own enthusiasm regarding the decision. “The onslaught of students who wanted to come out and pet our pets was overwhelming. We’re talking hundreds of students coming out. That joy and calmness, the sheer happiness, made us think, you know what, we might want to look at this a little more closely.”