SUNY Canton Expands Pet-Friendly Housing

In response to increased requests for pet-friendly lodging this fall, the college’s Office of Residence Life has doubled the size of its popular Pet Wing in Mohawk Hall.

“Prior to this academic year, we had 70 beds in the Pet Wing,” said SUNY Canton’s Director of Residence Life John M. Kennedy. “Growing demand led us to make the decision to add an additional 70 beds, which brings our total number of pet-friendly accommodations to 140 beds.”

Student petting her cat in the Pet Wing

Kennedy added that students can request to bring a variety of pets with them to live on campus, including cats, ferrets, rabbits, hamsters, gerbils and fish.

This unique housing option, which began in 1997, has helped earn the college several awards. SUNY Canton was twice named to’s Top 10 Pet Friendly Colleges list, and Great Value named the college as one of the best in the U.S. for animal lovers.

“SUNY Canton was a pioneer in pet-friendly housing,” said Kennedy. “Our mission has always been to enhance the community-like atmosphere that we are known for, and the Pet Wing plays an important role in achieving that.”


About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as ten exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

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