Animals on Campus

Therapy Animals

Departments wanting to host an event featuring a therapy animal are strongly encouraged to have a Facility Usage Agreement (FUA) in place. Departments should contact OBFS' Contract Services Office to develop an FUA.

In addition to the conditions contained in the FUA, each therapy animal handler must adhere to the following requirements:

  • Carry liability insurance either through the affiliated organization or personal liability insurance.
  • Provide proof that the handler(s) and animal(s) in attendance have successfully completed therapy training and are certified.
  • Adorn each animal with a vest, bandana, or some other outward visible sign that it is in working mode. This insignia must be worn at all times during an event.
  • Each animal must be leashed and under the control of its handler at all times.
  • Handler and animal teams are limited to one two-hour session per day

Other Animal Events

Campus events that feature animals in petting zoos, competitions, rides, and demonstrations have insurance, handling, and control requirements. Each person or vendor providing the animal(s) must:

  • Provide proof of liabililty insurance.
  • Certify that all applicable laws and ordinances involving animals have been met.
  • Maintain control of its animal(s) at all times.
  • Clean up after its animal(s), if applicable.
  • Limit use of its animal(s) to one two-hour session per day.

Community-service events, such as a fundraising pet wash, are not required to provide insurance unless directed to do so by the facility where the event is being held.

Resources for the Urbana-Champaign campus area

For more information about therapy and other animals on campus, please read more at the following links:

For information on  local law, refer to the city ordinances for Champaign and Urbana, as follows: