Many American households have pets. This can be a great thing or a not-so-great thing, depending on how you feel about dogs, cats and other domestic creatures. Here are some things to know about homestay pets:
Because so many homes in America have pets, you must upload medical documentation of your pet allergies if you cannot live with any pets.
You will always know ahead of time if your host family has a pet. We use this information as part of the host family matching process. If your family does have a pet, you will likely see a picture of the pet(s) in your host family's profile before you arrive.
Students are not allowed to bring new pets into the home, but are encouraged to interact safely and joyfully with household pets.
Your host parents should be mindful and monitor your interaction with pets to verify you get along with them before leaving them alone with you.
It is not your responsibility to take care of your host family's pet. However, if they ask you to feed the animal on occasion, please do so! This may be part of the host's standard household chores for everyone.
Some students are very comfortable and enjoy family pets, while others may not be accustomed to having a pet as a member of the family.
Regardless of how you feel about your host family's pet, be sure to treat the animal with tolerance, gentleness and kindness when you do interact.