Take Your Dog (And Cat) to Work Day!

I’m incredibly fortunate that I get to share my office space every day with my pets. At my house, every day is take your pets to work day. Karma-Kat and the new puppy Bravo-Boy inspire my pet-writing dream. When I’m having a particularly hectic day, getting a purr fix, or doggy wag of encouragement does wonders. Surveys indicate that one in five companies allow pets in the workplace. People who bring their pets actually work longer hours! You can get started on this pet-revolution this Friday.

Karma-Kat soon won’t have bed space to share when Bravo (here, he’s 17 weeks old) reaches his full size! At least they get along great. Learn more about pup to cat intros here.

2018 marks the 20th annual celebration of Take Your Dog To Work Day and event creator Pet Sitters International reflects on the growth of pet-friendly policies and encourages companies to “make it their business” to help pets in need on June 22.

TAKE YOUR DOG TO WORK DAY!

Pet Sitter’s International’s Take Your Dog To Work Day® (TYDTWDay) was created to spotlight what terrific companions dogs are, and encourage adoptions. The annual event encourages employers to experience the benefits and value of pets in the workplace, and to support and celebrate the pet community. Pet Sitters, animal shelters, and business of all kinds join in this fur-tastic Friday event.

It helps to keep an eye on the pets to have them with me at work — well, sometimes!

WHY PETS AT WORK?

When PSI created Take Your Dog To Work Day® in 1999, PSI President Patti Moran says the day was initially met with skepticism. For nearly two decades, however, large, small and mid-sized companies have answered the call, celebrating dogs at work and often also raising money for local pet-rescue organizations and animal shelters.

This year, PSI is also using the campaign to raise awareness and funds for Pet for Patriots, a 501(c)3 charitable organization that helps veterans and military members adopt the most overlooked shelter pets, offering them a second chance at life through adoption. Pet lovers are encouraged to make a tax-deductible donation to Pets for Patriots through the Take Your Dog To Work Day online donation page.

Yes, that’s the dining room table — at least Karma let’s me sit in my own chair (sometimes!)

PURINA PETS AT WORK REPORT

In celebration of National Take Your Dog to Work Day on June 23, Purina launched the first Pets at Work Report, examining pet owners and their attitudes around having pets in the workplace, and the benefits it brings to employers and employees.

I’ve visited the folks at Purina, and have been impressed for years that the company actually encouraged bringing pets to work. So I was thrilled to receive this new information from the company, along with comments from Purina’s Chief Veterinary Officer Dr. Kurt Venator. This report came out last year, but still applies.

“Pets bring a wealth of benefits – both physical and emotional – to pet owners and their families, so it’s no surprise those same benefits also apply to the workplace and employees,” said Dr. Venator. “Whether a pet helps provide a calming sense during a challenging situation or encourages employees to take a walk during their lunch break, here at Purina, we experience the benefits of pets at work every day and want others to as well.” Check out the report here.

ALTERNATIVE CELEBRATIONS

Even if you can’t have dogs in the workplace, consider alternate celebrations such as having employees bring photos of their pets. How about asking your company to host a fundraiser for an animal shelter in your community? Think about hosting contests, such as best pet outfit or owner/pet look-alikes (for pictures) or best trick (if dogs get to attend). Maybe a hot dog luncheon or a Pet First Aid “Lunch and Learn” session would be appropriate. It doesn’t have to happen today–pets provide us with their furry gifts 365 days a year.

Ask a local shelter or rescue organization to join your event. Invite them to bring adoptable pets or information to your workplace. Maybe you could hold a silent auction or other fund raiser to benefit the shelter—or set up a “Good Samaritan” fund for people unable to afford emergency pet care during these times of financial challenge.

TYDTWDay is the perfect opportunity to educate employees about all things pets. Maybe a local veterinarian, PSI member or other pet professional could present a pet care session or offer dog-walking service during the event. Visit PSI to find a member in your area.

If you’re fortunate to be able to bring pets on Friday, be sure to handle the pet situation responsibly. Dogs should be kept on a leash, or otherwise confined in the employee’s office or area. Baby gates work well to cordon areas to keep pets confined. You can also designate “pet free zones” such as the lunch room or bathrooms.

For more tips how to convince your boss, set up a program, and celebration ideas, visit TakeYourDog.com. Now excuse me…I’ve got to go consult with my furry office mates.


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Take Your Dog (And Cat) to Work Day! — 5 Comments

  1. Aww you’re very fortunate you get to have your fur kids at work with you. I wish they had that option at my day job. I currently don’t have pets however love animals. Nothing like their cute faces to bring up the morale! Love! Glad they have this day in general to bring awareness. Your pets are adorable.

  2. Great article and love the pics. Hope people will take advantage if offered. At 17 weeks how much does Bravo weigh now?

    • Hi Patricia! Two weeks ago when he was at the vet, he weighed 51 lbs. He goes back for another check this Friday and I’m guessing he’s at least 55-lbs, and maybe more!

  3. What a wonderful post! I’ve never worked in an office where they allowed pets on TYPTWD or any other day, unfortunately. Now that I work from home though, every day is take your pets to work day! I like it much better.
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

    • I never worked in a “real job” where they allowed animals, too, excpet when I worked at vet clinics. I got to bring my dog pretty often and he served as an emergency blood donor.

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