Early April Fools’ Day joke from FAU announces school is “animal friendly”

Fake website gives students a chance to “register” up to two animals with the university.


Ryan Lynch

Screencap courtesy of FAU fake website.

Ryan Lynch, Editor in Chief

Unfortunately for animal enthusiasts at FAU, an early April Fools’ prank played by the school may have led some to believe that the school had become an animal-friendly campus for next semester.

Through a video put on social media, a fake website and a post on President John Kelly’s blog on March 31, the school “announced” that students and faculty could bring up to two animals onto any of FAU’s campuses as long as they were registered with the university.

“All animals MUST have proof of obedience training; be house, potty, or litter box trained; and share well with others,” the school’s fake website said. “Animal owners must carry an FAU Owl Card for each of their pets at all times while the animal is present on campus.”

The school cited in its joke several changes that would be made to campus, from pet grooming services at the New Era Barbershop, animal meal plans at the Atlantic Dining Hall and an on-campus veterinarian.

“In order to accommodate this exciting change, our Boca Raton Breezeway renovations will include several cat trees, as well as hamster tubing running along the main walkway,” Kelly wrote in his blog post. “The second floor is being considered as a possible site for the new aviary.”

Website users who followed prompts to register their animal at the bottom of the page received a pop-up April Fools’ message.

Ryan Lynch is the editor in chief of the University Press. For information regarding this or other stories, email [email protected] or tweet him @RyanLynchwriter.