Take Your Pup To Work This Take Your Dog To Work Day

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There’s nothing harder than leaving the house for work in the morning with your sweet pup making sad-eyes as you walk out the door.

Well there’s one day every year where, you and your pups are in luck!

Today, Friday, June 22, marks the 20th annual Take Your Dog to Work Day, a way to celebrate the special connection humans have with their canine companions and to promote shelter adoptions.

About 7% of companies allow pets in the workplace which isn’t a lot but it’s up from the five percent a few years ago. We encourage all businesses and companies to consider welcoming their employees’ four-legged friends each year on the Friday following Father’s Day to bring their pups to work.

Bringing your dog to the office with you has been proven to have many benefits for the employee and the company alike. A study conducted by Central Michigan University demonstrates that when dogs are allowed in the workplace, coworkers tend to trust one another more and collaborate more effectively. Dogs have been shown to boost office morale, improve productivity, and reduce job-related stress — just ask top companies like Google, Amazon, and Ben & Jerry’s, all of which allow their employees’ dogs to tag along at the office.

Due to the challenging economic climate, the number of unemployed and underemployed pet owners are looking for work and it’s important to remember that on this special day.

Please remember that according to the ASPCA:

Facts about U.S. Animal Shelters:

  • Approximately 6.5 million companion animals enter U.S. animal shelters nationwide every year. Of those, approximately 3.3 million are dogs and 3.2 million are cats.

  • Each year, approximately 1.5 million shelter animals are euthanized (670,000 dogs and 860,000 cats).

Employers may want to consider hosting adoption events in their offices on Take Your Dog To Work Day! What a beautiful way to show you care!