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Caltech Housing Pet Policy

   

Caltech Housing Cat/Pet Policy

In order to house a cat, Resident must complete a Cat Application Form with the Caltech Housing Office and be granted permission by the Assistant Director of Housing for Occupancy and Billing to keep the cat specified under the following terms and conditions:

a.              A maximum of two (2) cats are allowed per each of the following Caltech Undergraduate Houses, Ruddock, Lloyd, Page, Blacker, Dabney, Fleming and Ricketts.  These cats will be restricted to a designated alley in each of the seven houses listed above.  Cats are not allowed in Avery, Marks, Braun, off-campus alleys or any other undergraduate off-campus Caltech Housing. 

b.              A maximum of two (2) cats per resident at 250/252 Catalina will be allowed.  Cats are not allowed in any other graduate or postdoc housing.

c.              The cat(s) must not be kept, bred, or used for any commercial purpose.

d.              The cat(s) must be sterilized before moving into the housing unit.  Written proof from a veterinarian must be furnished to the Caltech Housing Office with the Cat Application Form.  The cat(s) must be licensed and up to date with rabies and other vaccinations including feline leukemia virus (FeLV) and feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV). Written proof must be furnished to the Caltech Housing Office.

e.              The cat(s) must be on a long-term flea preventative program (such as Advantage®, Program®, Frontline®, or weekly applications of spray or powder flea treatments – refer to your veterinarian for more information) and a single, recent receipt for a flea medication must be provided to the Caltech Housing Office to confirm that the cat(s) is currently on flea medication. 

f.               The Resident will provide adequate and regular veterinary care for the cat(s), as well as ample food and water, and will not leave the cat(s) unattended for any undue length of time. If during a contract period Resident must leave or travel away from his/her unit for more than three (3) days for an emergency, he/she must leave the cat(s) in the care of a responsible party and said party must be known as the Emergency Caretaker identified to the Caltech Housing Office on the Cat Application Form. Cats are not permitted to live in Caltech Housing if their owner does not live in housing. Cats must not be left outside or left unattended.

g.              The cat(s) must be housetrained. Only indoor house cats are permitted in Caltech Housing.

h.              The cat(s) must wear a collar with up-to-date identification of the cat’s name and the owner’s contact information at all times.  The Caltech Housing Office will provide an additional tag for the cat’s collar with “Caltech” and an identification number on it that should also be worn for emergency purposes.  The ID number will be associated with the Cat Application Form.

i.               The cat(s) will be allowed out of the cat owner’s unit only under the complete control of a responsible human companion and on a hand-held leash or in a cat carrier.  Free roaming or unaccompanied cats are not allowed outside a Resident’s unit.  Persons who walk the cat(s) are responsible for immediately cleaning up after the cat(s) and discarding securely bagged cat droppings in approved waste containers.  No cat waste or used litter may be discarded in Housing trash facilities unless securely double bagged.

j.               Resident will diligently maintain cleanliness of litter boxes as well as cat(s) sleeping and feeding areas. 

k.              Caltech laundry facilities are not to be used for cleaning cat bedding or toys.  Cat items needing to be laundered should be taken to a facility that provides these laundry services.

l.               No cat(s) shall be allowed to become a nuisance or create any unreasonable disturbance.  Examples of nuisance behavior include, but are not limited to, the following:

                                       i.         Cats whose unruly behavior causes personal injury or property damage.

                                       ii.      Cats that make noise continuously and/or incessantly for a period of thirty minutes or intermittently for 2 hours or more to the disturbance of any person at any time of day or night.

                                       iii.      Cats outside the Resident’s unit who are not under the complete physical control of a responsible human companion and on a hand-held leash of no more than six feet in length or in a cat carrier.

                                       iv.      Cats that relieve themselves on walls or floors of common areas.

                                        v.      Cats that exhibit aggressive or other dangerous or potentially dangerous behavior.

                                       vi.      Cats that are conspicuously unclean or parasite infested.

m.            A non-refundable fee of $200.00 per cat will be paid to the Caltech Housing Office to off-set any normal damage to the exterior or interior of the premises, grounds, flooring, walls, trim, finish, tiles, carpeting, or any stains, etc., caused by the cat(s).  It is the full financial responsibility of the Resident to pay for all costs involved in the restoration of the property to its original condition, should the costs exceed $200.00.  If any damages are such that it cannot be restored, then Resident hereby agrees to pay the full expense of replacement, should the cost exceed $200.00.

                        i.  The fee of $200.00 will only need to be paid once, upon bringing the cat(s) into Caltech Housing.  The Resident will not be charged this fee on a yearly basis, unless the Resident switches to a different housing unit.

                        ii.  In cases of flea infestations caused by a cat, the Resident will permit the Caltech Housing Office to professionally treat the premises, including grounds (if any), for the fleas and ticks, when Resident vacates the premises.  The contractors used will be the Caltech Housing Office’s contractors, and the cost will be competitive and borne by the Resident.

n.              If there is reasonable cause to believe an emergency situation exists with respect to a cat, and if efforts to contact the Resident and emergency caretakers are unsuccessful, the Caltech Housing Office or its agents may contact the Caltech Animal Team (CAT) and/or local animal control authority and assist its staff in entering the Resident’s housing unit.  Examples of an emergency situation include suspected abuse, abandonment, fire or other disaster, or any prolonged disturbance.  If it becomes necessary for the cat(s) to be boarded, any and all costs incurred will be the sole responsibility of the Resident.

Should a cat or cat owner be found to violate any of the above, the following actions may be taken:

o.              On first violation, the cat owner will be warned either by CAT or the Caltech Housing Office. 

p.              Successive violations will result in the immediate removal of the cat(s) at the sole expense of the owner.

 

If a Resident does not submit a Cat Application Form for their cat(s) living in Caltech Housing and receive permission to house the cat, the Resident will be charged an additional $200.00 fee for not complying with the Caltech Housing Cat Policy.  In addition, the Resident will be required to remove the cat immediately or risk removal from Caltech Housing.

 Other Pets

Residents are not permitted to maintain pets except those permanently and appropriately housed in a twenty (20) gallon aquarium, terrarium or smaller.  Resident shall not maintain pets that are prohibited by law, including the Zoning Ordinance of the City of Pasadena.  Birds and dogs are not allowed. 

Resident agrees to the following terms and conditions if they wish to maintain an approved pet: 

a.                      Free roaming or unaccompanied pet(s) are not allowed outside a Resident’s unit.  No pet waste or used litter may be discarded in Housing trash facilities unless securely double bagged.

b.                       Resident will diligently maintain cleanliness of all pet containers. 

c.                       No pet(s) shall be allowed to become a nuisance or create any unreasonable disturbance.  Examples of nuisance behavior include, but are not limited to, the following:

                                                     i.      Pets whose unruly behavior causes personal injury or property damage.

                                                     ii.      Pets that make noise continuously and/or incessantly for a period of thirty minutes or intermittently for 2 hours or more to the disturbance of any person at any time of day or night.

                                                     iii.      Pets that exhibit aggressive or other dangerous or potentially dangerous behavior.

                                                      iv.      Pets that are conspicuously unclean or parasite infested. 

d.                     The Resident will provide adequate and regular veterinary care for the pet(s), as well as ample food and water, and will not leave the pet(s) unattended for any undue length of time. If Resident must leave or travel away from his/her unit for more than three (3) days, he/she must leave the pet(s) in the care of a responsible party.  Pets must not be left outside or left unattended. 

e.                      If there is reasonable cause to believe an emergency situation exists with respect to a pet, and if efforts to contact the Resident and emergency caretakers are unsuccessful, the Caltech Housing Office or its agents may contact local animal control authority and assist its staff in entering the Resident’s housing unit.  Examples of an emergency situation include suspected abuse, abandonment, fire or other disaster, or any prolonged disturbance.  If it becomes necessary for the pet(s) to be boarded, any and all costs incurred will be the sole responsibility of the Resident.

 Should a pet or pet owner be found to violate any of the above, the following actions may be taken:

f.                           On first violation, the pet owner will be warned by the Caltech Housing Office. 

g.                          Successive violations will result in the immediate removal of the pet(s) at the sole expense of the owner.


 

Updated January 30, 2014

     
 
     

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