Dominica requires an import permit for dogs and cats to enter the country. If you are planning to bring your dog or cat with you, please comply with the regulations of the Commonwealth of Dominica, which are available at

While you may bring your pet with you to Dominica, you should be aware that having your pet will limit your housing options. For instance, many landlords do not allow pets, or require an additional security deposit from pet owners. Reviewing the guidelines available online will help you make an informed decision about bringing your pet to Dominica.

During the housing selection process, students are required to confirm and or request permission from their landlord for pet accommodation. On-campus housing does not accept pets; however there are a limited number of off-campus landlords who accept pets on specific terms and conditions. When navigating the database details on the landlord pet policy can be found under “Property Quick Facts”. Students relocating with pets are advised to

  1. Contact the landlord directly to confirm acceptance of pets
  2. Confirm pet deposit details
  3. Comply with instructions on Bringing US Domestic Pets to Dominica – school/documents/AnimalHealthGuidelines.pd.

While pets are welcome to campus, they are not allowed in campus buildings, should be on a leash at all times. Please familiarize yourself with the Animal Policy prior to entering campus with your pet.

Animals on Campus

A pet includes any animal that is continuously cared for at a RUSM community member’s residence. A stray is any animal that is not continuously cared for at a RUSM community member’s residence and has no apparent owner.

Pets are allowed on campus. The pets must be leashed and under the supervision of their owners at all times.

Pets are not allowed to be tied up or left alone at any time for any reason. Pets are not permitted into any campus building or on campus transportation. Owners must clean up after their pets and dispose of any waste properly.

Pets are not allowed on the Seaside decks or on the preparatory school playground.

Any student requiring a service animal on campus must follow the policy on Accommodations for Students with Disabilities. Under this policy Emotional Support Animals (ESA) are considered to be pets, not Service Animals.

The owner of the animal is responsible for the animal’s behavior at all times. If the animal acts aggressively or inappropriately, it may be barred from campus temporarily or permanently.

Animals with no apparent owner may be captured by security officers or other designed persons. The animal may be caged on campus or sent to a designated veterinarian or animal handler. An announcement will be made to the campus community via e-mail about the caught stray to see if anyone wishes to claim and adopt the animal.

Grazing animals are considered non-pets on the campus and are not allowed on campus. Any grazing animal found on campus will be detained. The owner (if known) of the grazing animal will be notified to retrieve the grazing animal within three days. If not claimed by the three (3) day limit, arrangements will be made for the animal to be placed at the government property in Londonderry. The cost of transportation to Londonderry and any other charges assessed to retrieve the animal will be the responsibility of the owner.

No animal is to be fed on campus as this encourages animals to return to campus. Security or others have the right to report anyone found feeding animals on campus. If asked to produce an I.D. to security one must comply.

Enforcement of Pet Policy

Stray dogs or animals tied up without their owner with them may be removed by security or their designee. Security officers and their designee’s are the main enforcers of this policy, and any campus member has the right to remind others of the policy; cordial interactions are expected.