Missouri State University

Animal house? More colleges are saying yes to dogs and cats in dorms.

Animal house? More colleges are saying yes to dogs and cats in dorms.

Most dorm residents at Southeast Missouri State University will show up this fall with bedding, a laptop, a backpack and other typical accessories. A few dozen others will tote something furrier -- and breathing: Their pets.

The school in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, announced last week it is creating pet-friendly floors in one residence hall, where students will be allowed to bunk with roommates of the feline, petite canine or "small caged animal" variety. The decision came in response to rising requests from prospective students - and their parents - for such a perk, according to university officials, who hope it will help smooth some newcomers' transition from home to...

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