SUNY Canton Expands Pet-Friendly Housing to Include Canine Companions


SUNY Canton will make it easier for students to bring a piece of home with them this fall by launching a dog-friendly housing option.

The program builds upon the popularity of the college’s long-running pet-friendly residence hall, called the Pet Wing, which started in 1997. The Pet Wing, located in Mohawk Hall, allows small animals, such as cats, rabbits, fish, and hamsters. Now, companion canines will be welcome to reside with their owners in a designated area across campus in Rushton Hall.

Three students walk a dog from the residence halls on a fall day.

“This is the next phase of our evolution as a nationally renowned pet-friendly college,” said SUNY Canton Director of Residence Life John M. Kennedy. “Animal companions are an important part of our students’ lives, so expanding this program helps maintain a community-like atmosphere where they feel comfortable and supported.”

Students must first apply to be accepted into this new program by July 22 and must meet other criteria before receiving approval to bring their dog to campus. Weight limits, medical treatments (such as vaccinations), and registration and licensing certifications are also required.

A student holds her dog outside of Mohawk Hall.

The college has received media attention for the Pet Wing, most recently in “Inside Higher Ed,” a national news website. The article discusses the uptick in demand by college students for pet-friendly accommodations in the wake of COVID to combat isolation and improve mental health.

“Our Pet Wing remains one of the most popular housing options on campus, and I have no doubt our ‘Dog Floor’ will also be in-demand,” Kennedy said. “Both of these programs offer students a unique college experience that is hard to find anywhere else.”

Themed housing such as the Dog Floor allows students with similar interests to interact and create lasting bonds. Last fall, the college launched a highly popular residence hall wing exclusively for students who are interested in video gaming.

Prospective students can learn more about the new Dog Floor and other themed housing on SUNY Canton's Housing Options webpage.

About SUNY Canton

As Northern New York's premier college for career-driven bachelor's degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs, SUNY Canton delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, management, and healthcare fields. It is home to the Center for Criminal Justice, Intelligence and Cybersecurity. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. As SUNY's leader in online education, SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 23 online degree programs. The SUNY Canton Kangaroos 15 traditional athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference. SUNY Canton also features varsity esports and cheerleading.