RADFORD, Va. (WDBJ7) -- Animal lovers are reminding college students that pets are a long term commitment, not a semester fling.
Leaving cats and dogs behind after the school year is over is common in college towns. It's known as Pet Dumping.
Typically there isn't space for them where the students live after college.
"If you're not settled in your life and you're not sure where you're going or what you're going to be doing just don't commit to a pet at that time. If it's worth having, it's worth the wait," said Adele Katrovitz, the Radford Animal Control Officer.
In Radford, animal control makes students get permission from their parents and a landlord before allowing them to take the pet.
If you have to leave your pet behind, check with your area animal shelter before you leave town.