Moving into apartments near USF and attending university can be stressful. This is especially true if you're somewhere away from home or making a new set of friends. No matter what your situation is, a pet will be there for you no matter what. Not only are pets scientifically proven to reduce stress, they can improve your mood and reduce loneliness. Active pets like dogs can even force you to get out of the house, explore new places, and bond with new people. It's important to make sure that your USF apartment is pet friendly before you commit to an animal, and check with your roommates to make sure they don't have allergies. Despite the work it can be to care for a pet, there are many benefits to having one, so if you're looking for a pet near the University of South Florida, this is the article for you.
A furry friend for USF apartments
Dogs and cats are the most popular type of pet, and with their warm and fluffy fur, it's no surprise why. Cat and dog owners can also be very passionate pet owners with assertive opinions about which makes a better pet! If you're looking for a furry pet for your USF apartment, you have some great options.
Located on Fowler avenue, Pet Supermarket not only offers a place to buy pet supplies. Their adoption programs collaborate with local animal rescues and shelters to host animal adoptions at select locations. Check in with your nearest store to see what animals they have in store. As well as this, Pet Supermarket also has in-store cat houses year round where they keep cats that are immediately in need of a loving home. The Fowler location is also right next to a Vet Wellcare Vaccinations Clinic, so you can be sure that you have all the resources you need to keep your new pet happy and healthy.
Petco is a popular pet store that offers a variety of pets. They also work with shelters to find homes for cats and dogs, but they carry birds, fish, rodents, and rabbits, and more. Be sure to do adequate research if you're looking to adopt a pet that you don't have experience owning. As for supplies for your new pet, the Pet Wize close to campus carries everything you'll need for a wide variety of pets, including those listed above as well as a selection of reptiles.
For students focused on adopting pets in need, there's also The First Place for Pets, Hillsborough County's open-admission shelter, which will always have animals in need.
Exotic pets for apartments near USF
For students on the wild side, there are options for more unorthodox pets. Note that it's highly recommended that you do extensive research and give a lot of thought to whether or not you want an exotic pet. At Jaro Pet Service you can get piebald kittens and baby marmosets (that's right, the monkey!) although these pets are a big commitment, logistically and financially, and you'll likely need more space than you can find in USF apartments.