Pet and Animal Policies

Pursuant to Verano Place Housing Rental Agreement, Section 20:

Animals needed to provide a service to persons with disabilities are not deemed pets and are permitted. Accommodation of a RESIDENT’s need for an assistance animal is contingent upon written verification from the UCI Disability Services Center and subsequent written approval from UCI Student Housing prior to bringing the animal onto the premises. No pets are permitted in apartments 66101 through 69414. In all other apartments, cats that are registered and cared for in accordance with the Verano Place pet policy are permitted. A $50 pet deposit is required. Small caged animals (e.g., guinea pigs, fish, small birds) may be permitted at the UNIVERSITY’S sole discretion only upon written approval from the Verano Place Housing Office. No other animals are permitted.

  1. The University of California, Irvine campus specifically prohibits dogs and other animals from all campus buildings and grounds at all times.  These include animals in parked cars or on leashes as well as those running free. Properly trained or registered animals needed to provide assistance to a person with disabilities are the only exception to these regulations.
  1. You are required to clean up after your service and comfort/assistance animal.  Resident agrees to comply with sanitation guidelines, whereby animal waste, litter box, and small animal bedding contents must be double-bagged and securely tied before placing in dumpster. This includes waste deposited in common areas (e.g. grounds, lawns, and patios). Animal waste contaminates the ground and becomes a means of passing intestinal parasites and infections to other animals and people. Your own animal can be repeatedly reinfested by parasites in this way. Because of contamination as well as smell and mess, animal waste is highly offensive to many people in the community and should be disposed of properly at all times. Additionally, grooming your animal outside of your apartment is not permitted.
  1. A service or comfort/assistance animal shall be under the control of its handler. The animal shall have a harness, leash, or other tether, unless either the handler is unable because of a disability to use a harness, leash, or other tether, or the use of a harness, leash, or other tether would interfere with the service animal’s safe, effective performance of work or tasks, in which case the service animal must be otherwise under the handler’s control (e.g., voice control, signals, or other effective means). UC Irvine is not responsible for the care or supervision of a service animal. For questions regarding Service or Companion Animals or information regarding seeking an accommodation for a companion animal see http://www.dsc.uci.edu/resources/service_therapy-animals.php.
  1. Cats are permitted for Verano Place residents provided specific registration and care criteria are met. When a cat is adopted, the resident must declare and register the cat with the Verano Housing Office. Residents that wish to obtain a cat(s) will be charged a pet deposit in the amount of $50.00 per cat.  The registration process is outlined below:

    A) obtain written approval from their roommate(s) and 

B) register their pet immediately upon bringing the cat home. The registration process is as follows:

  • Resident must provide a recent photograph of the cat.  (This applies to all animals regardless of type.)
  • Resident must provide current proof of immunization and neutering or spaying.
  • All cats should have annual distemper and rabies booster shots.
  • It is highly recommend cats receive the Leukemia shots (2 shots at timed intervals)

   C) Review the Toxoplasma gondii facts informing cat owners of the danger that cat    feces poses to pregnant women.

  1. Families are allowed a maximum of two (2) cats.  Single students in shared apartments are each allowed one (1) cat with the limit of (2) cats per unit. More than two (2) cats per unit are prohibited. In the event of a domestic status change from family to single, the contract holder is only allowed to keep one cat.
  1. All cats must be kept inside the apartment–no outdoor cats are allowed–this includes porches and patios.
  1. Failure to declare or register the cat(s) will result in a fine equal to twice the amount of the cat deposit per cat plus an administrative fee to keep the cat(s) or a fine of $50 for each cat and the removal of the cat(s) from the premises.
  1. Upon move out Verano Place will inspect the apartment for damages. Based on the cost of repairs, damages (i.e. to carpet, blinds, etc.), will be deducted from apartment deposit(s). Charges will not exceed actual cost of repairs and/or cleaning.  If costs exceed the amount of the deposit(s), resident is responsible for additional amounts required to cover the excess. If the apartment is a single student with two registered animals damages will be equally taken from both deposits.

9.  Litter boxes must be located inside the apartment.

10. Fish in containers or tanks no larger than 10 gallons are permitted.

11. Small caged animals are permitted and expected to be kept caged and confined to              the apartment at all times.

12. Resident possessing any applicable animals(s) must comply with all federal,            state and local ordinances regarding the ownership of animals including registration,  licensing and leash laws and assume all responsibility and liability for the actions of the  animal(s).

13. If University staff needs to enter the apartment, the resident is responsible for    containing their animal(s). While every effort is made to ensure animals are secure,  Verano Place Housing is not responsible for animals that escape from the apartment  whether it is due to a scheduled appointment or emergency situation. Residents  possessing any applicable animal(s) agree to remove animals(s) from apartment upon  notice of pest control services requiring closure of building for limited amounts of time  (e.g. 4 hours for ant spraying).

 The Verano Place Housing Office retains the right to refuse a resident permission to have  an approved animal or cause the resident to remove the animal as a result of non-  compliance with the policies or if it is determined to be in the best interest of the  community.  The conditions and procedures set forth in these Pet and Animal Policies  pertain to residents and visitors.  The Verano Place Housing Office reserves the right to  make changes and amendments to these policies.  These policies are designed to  ensure the comfort and safety of all residents.You will be notified of any complaints  related to your animal regarding these policies or any other concerning behaviors (i.e.,  incessant barking, aggressive demeanor) by the Verano Place ADRL and appropriate  action, up to removal of animal from premises, may be taken.

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