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Animals on campus

Dogs and other animals, except for police dogs, certified guide/assistance/service animals used by individuals with disabilities, and animals authorized for participation in College instructional programs for teaching or research purposes, are not permitted in campus buildings.

For this procedure, we use these definitions:

  • Domestic animal: An animal that has been trained or adapted to living in a human environment. Such animals include but are not limited to dogs, cats, birds, rabbits and other types of household pets. 
  • Guide, assistance or service animal:  Any animal individually trained and certified to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability.
  • Feral animal: A once-domestic animal that has reverted to an untamed state.
  • Wild animal: A non-domesticated animal living in its natural habitat. 

Domestic animals

  • Are not allowed in campus buildings except as permitted under this procedure.
  • Must be under the direct control of a responsible person while on campus grounds, restrained by either a leash that does not exceed 6 feet or in an animal carrier, crate, cage or kennel, or as required by breed specific bylaw. Domestic animals under voice command are not considered on leash and are not permitted. 
  • Must be licensed and fully inoculated, with the burden of proof on the owner.
  • Fecal matter deposited by any domestic animal brought to campus must be removed immediately and properly disposed of by the owner.  Where additional cleaning and/or sanitization is required, costs will be borne by the owner.
  • Domestic animals and pets found tethered, unattended, or abandoned may be humanely impounded in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations.
  • May be confined in vehicles parked on campus for a reasonable period of time and under reasonable conditions, as long as the animal is not endangered and does not endanger others or create a public nuisance, e.g., excessive barking.  
    • In the event of endangerment to the animal or others, or public nuisance, campus security will intervene and the animal's owner is subject to citation and the animal may be humanely impounded. 
    • The presence of any animal in any motor vehicle without proper food, water, ventilation, or subjected to extreme temperatures that could affect its health or safety will be reported to the appropriate animal control agency.  
    • Any fines or fees relating to bylaw infraction on the part of the animal’s owner, and/or expenses relating to vehicle damage as a result of animal control agency and/or police involvement will be borne by the owner.
  • Concerns regarding domestic animals on campus are to be reported to the Manager of Facilities Services or campus security.
  • We reserve the right to prohibit domestic animals from any campus event.

Guide, assistance and service animals

  • Douglas College operates in compliance with the British Columbia Guide Animal Act.
  • Any student using a guide/assistance/service animal on campus may request such accommodation by contacting Accessibility Services.
  • Any employee using a guide/assistance/service animal on campus may request such accommodation by contacting the Human Resources Department.
  • Animals must be on a leash and/or under the control of a responsible person at all times; however, a guide/assistance/service animal user does not have to use a leash if he or she is unable, if using a leash would harm him or her, or if the animal must perform a task without use of a leash.
  • Animals must be certified, licensed and fully inoculated, with the burden of proof on the animal user. Fecal matter deposited by a service animal must be removed immediately and disposed of properly. The burden is on the service animal user to arrange for removal of fecal matter if he or she is personally unable to perform the task.  

Wild or feral animals
Wild or feral animals that are a potential risk, represent a hazard, cause property damage, create a nuisance, or otherwise pose a potential conflict for humans are to be reported to the Manager of Facilities Services or campus security, who will ensure that follow up is coordinated with appropriate animal/wildlife rescue agencies. Wild or feral animals kept as pets are not permitted on campus.

Questions or concerns regarding this procedure may be directed to the Director, Safety, Security & Risk Management or the Director of Facilities Services.