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Student Life

Cyr Hall • University of Maine at Fort Kent • 23 University Drive, Fort Kent, ME 04743

Pet-Friendly Community

UMFK is the only college or university in Maine that allows your small pet to live with you in one of the residence halls on campus. UMFK has designated Crocker Hall as our Pet-Friendly Community. Students who wish to bring their pet must complete the Residence Hall Questionnaire & Room and Board License and the Pet-Friendly Community Application.

The animals that are permitted to live on campus are limited to the following:

  • Cat
  • Hamster
  • Gerbil
  • Bird (depending on type)
  • Hermit crab(s)

If your pet is not included on the list, please email to discuss your particular pet and request consideration. Note that dogs, rabbits, turtles, snakes, lizards, hedgehogs, spiders, and scorpions will not be considered.

Limited rooms are available in the Pet-Friendly Community and students must submit all required additional documentation before being approved to live in the Pet-Friendly Community.

The Pet Friendly Community sign-up process is first-come, first-serve. Students should plan to bring a pet they already own. Students will be required to sign the Pet-Friendly Community Student & Pet Agreement Form before being permitted to move into their room.

Pet-Friendly Community Rules

  • All cats must be 6 months of age or older to be eligible to live in the Community.
  • All cats must be either spayed or neutered and stay up to date with any required immunizations.
  • Cats need to be indoor domestic pets. Protective nail caps are encouraged for all cats.
  • Any complaints alleged and received will be addressed by UMFK Residence Life Team members. If appropriate, a report will be filed as an alleged violation of the UMS Student Conduct Code.
  • UMFK has the right, in its sole discretion, to immediately remove a pet from the Community and/or terminate a pet owner’s privilege to have a pet in the Community in the event that the pet owner was or is mistreating, abusing, abandoning or neglecting their pet: or their pet is creating a nuisance or a health or safety hazard:  or for any violations of UMS or UMFK policies; including reporting violations to appropriate animal control authorities.
  • The pet’s cage, kennel, and/or litterbox will be always kept clean. All waste must be placed in a trash bag and deposited into the large trash bin outside of Crocker Hall. It is never permissible to dispose of any pet waste in any other trash cans in Crocker Hall, especially those located in any restroom facilities. It is also not permitted to flush any pet waste from a litterbox down any toilet on the UMFK campus.
  • All pet materials that need to be washed must be washed in the sink located in the Crocker Hall Laundry Room. It is never permissible for any pet cages, food dishes, water dishes, etc., to be cleaned in any restroom facility.
  • Pets are to be always kept in the pet owner’s room except when being taken outside. Pets are not allowed in any common spaces within Crocker Hall; or other residents’ rooms, including within the Community: or inside any other building on the UMFK campus. The pet owner must immediately report to a UMFK Residence Life Team member if a pet escapes the pet owner’s room. If the pet is to be brought outside, it should be carried out in a cage or kennel. Cats may be carried from the pet owner’s room to the exit door and must be wearing a collar with a leash attached. The leash should not be longer than 6 feet in length. The pet owner must clean up any waste when the cat is outside.
  • Pets must be in a kennel, cage, crate, or terrarium/aquarium if left in the room for longer than 15 minutes.
  • Pets may not be left unattended for an unreasonable amount of time, which may vary based on the type of animal; in no event, regardless of the type of animal, may a pet be left unattended for longer than 4 hours.
  • Pets must be taken home with the student during all breaks, university holidays, long weekends, and when the residence halls are closed as included in the Housing License.
  • Certain repairs or upkeep to pet owners’ rooms may not be able to take place while a pet is inside the room. Pet owners may have to make special arrangements with UMFK facilities staff.
  • The pet owner is financially responsible for all costs associated with the pet, including care and upkeep; and all costs incurred because of their pet including, but not limited to, bodily injury and any damage to the facility including furnishings.
  • All residents in the Community must abide by University policies, and local, state, and federal laws.
  • The UMFK Pet-Friendly Community rules, requirements, policies, and procedures are separate from the UMFK rules and requirements for service animals or emotional support animals kept as part of an approved disability accommodation. For questions about service animals or emotional support animals on the UMFK campus, please contact Jessica Daigle, Counselor and Accessibility Coordinator, at