Student opinion on the “positive” mental and physical benefits of pet ownership and “checking out” shelter animals

Sarah Mountain Staff Writer The Pike County Animal Shelter is a great place for students to find a pet to conquer the first part of adulthood by “checking-out” rescued animals.  For students looking to provide an animal with a forever home, the shelter has extremely low prices on the adoption of animals. But for those not ready to commit to being a pet parent full time, the shelter also has a program where students can “check-out” rescue animals and take them out and about for the day. What students may…

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SGA proposes allowing leashed pets

Asem Abdelfattah Staff Writer During the Student Government Association’s final meeting of the fall semester on Tuesday, Nov. 29, a resolution was passed that would lift the current pet ban and allow leashed pets on campus. Caitlin Smith, a senior political science major from Panama City, Florida, and SGA publicity and marketing committee chair, said that she is very excited to see the resolution pass. “I worked on this resolution for so long with the administration, the SGA and the student body,” Smith said. “I am so excited for it…

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Resolution calls for pet therapy

Asem Abdelfattah Staff Writer Senator Caitlin Smith, a senior political science major from Panama City, Florida, and chair of public relations and marketing, proposed two new resolutions at Tuesday night’s Student Government Association meeting. The measures could allow students, faculty and staff to spend more time with their pets on campus or to establish a pet therapy room for those who feel stressed. The pet therapy room resolution was passed by the SGA, while the lifting of the pet ban and replacing it with a leash law on campus was…

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