Today is the 15th annual Pet Sitters International’s Take Your Dog To Work Day®! Though many offices (including us here at Pet Relocation) regularly allow pets in the office, today is the one day a year that other businesses can join in on the fun by allowing employees to bring their furry friends to the office with them.
We’ve broken down what you need to know about this yearly event:
Take Your Dog to Work Day was created by Pet Sitters International, the world’s largest association of professional pet sitters. Each year, PSI pairs with pet-centric corporate sponsors. The event encourages participation by everyone, whether you own a dog or not.
It says it all in the title—Take Your Dog to Work Day is a day when employees are encouraged to bring their pets into the office. Other forms of participation include businesses pairing up with local animal shelters to fundraise or educate workers about the benefits of adopting from animal shelters. Some companies participate by having pet photo contests.
All over the country! Thousands of companies participate in Take Your Dog to Work Day. Any company whose higher-ups and landlords have agreed to allow participation in the event.
The event always occurs on the Friday following Father’s Day. This year it’s today (Friday, June 21, 2013), which also happens to be the first official day of summer! The event started in 1998 and started in the United States in 1999.
There are several goals and benefits to Take Your Dog to Work Day. Firstly, the event supports pet adoption, as dog-less employees witness the benefits of their coworkers’ canine companionship and are motivated to adopt a dog of their own. The event also encourages companies to consider becoming permanently pet-friendly, as they experience how fun, easy, and beneficial having pets in the office can be.
How beneficial? Having pets in the office is shown to increase interaction between coworkers and promote productivity and creativity while reducing stress.
Participating is easy, but requires some preparation. If you want to participate, let your boss know well in advance so that the event can be approved and other employees can be notified in time to make any necessary arrangements. If you are planning on participating, check out these tips to ensure a successful Take Your Dog to Work Day.
Hey…What About Cats?
While it might not be the best idea to bring your cat to the office when it’s full of strange dogs, cat owners have the option of participating on another day of Take Your Pet to Work Week, which runs the week leading up to Take Your Dog to Work Day (June 17 – 21 this year).
Have you ever participated in Take Your Dog to Work Day? What do you think of this event? Let us know in the comments below.