Hampshire College is home to many students and their emotional support or service animals. This page is a resource for animal owners and the campus community to understand our roles, rights, and responsibilities regarding our animal co-habitants or even for those wanting to train animals themselves.
To begin, check out this tumbler site with animal-themed mindfulness memes...
...then refer to the quick guide to understanding Service and Emotional Support Animals (pdf)
Students are encouraged to consult with their care providers before deciding to bring an animal to campus, and may also consult with OARS staff to learn more about what processes and policies apply to their specific situation.
Because policies evolve and change, before animals return to campus each academic year, it is essential that theirs owner complete this brief survey annually to ensure they understand and acknowledge their rights and responsibilities.
Each kind of animal requires different levels of veterinary care, vaccination, and licensure. Students should check with their vet for access to relevant documentation and can refer to the Town of Amherst for relevant licensing requirements.
In the case that students need to house their animals off-campus during breaks or for any other reason, the below organizations have been found to be a reliable resource by previous students.
In the case a student is no longer able to care for an animal and needs to surrender it, or if a student is approved for an ESA and is interested in rescuing an animal, the below local establishments represent a few options to consider.
Most animal owners at Hampshire are very responsible with their ESA's or service animals. If you encounter an incident regarding an animal and its handler that violates policy, is disruptive, or is dangerous, please report an incident so appropriate staff can follow up to educate about and uphold Hampshire norms and expectations.
Service animals and emotional support animals are not pets. Accordingly, the College asks that students and their visitors adhere to the following good practices when interacting with service animals and emotional support animals.
Individuals should NOT:
The University of Massachusetts Amherst offers a course (both semesters) to learn about training service animals. They partner with Diggity Dogs, a non-profit organization based in Shelburne Falls, MA, which provides service dogs and service dog training and support services. Read an article about UMass students getting involved in training and educating about service animals.