Friday, June 21st, 2013 is Take Your Dog To Work Day®! If you're a true dog lover like I am, this concept is wonderful in every way. Pet Sitters International (PSI) thought so, too, so they created a whole day honoring canine companionship and pet adoption.
Take Your Dog To Work Day was first recognized in 1999 and has since become an annual celebration of our 4-legged friends. Companies– big and small – across the country enjoy the benefits of pets in the workplace year-round while some juts choose to celebrate once a year. The American Pet Products Association (APPA) found in 2006 that nearly 1-in-5 U.S. companies allow pets in the workplace and further the survey revealed that:
55 million Americans believe having pets in the workplace leads to a more creative environment;
50 million believe having pets in the workplace helps co-workers get along better;
38 million believe having pets in the workplace creates a more productive work environment; and
37 million believe having pets in the workplace helps improve the relationship between managers and their employees.
With many employers concerned with fears, allergies, and the potential liability of allowing dogs on the premises, there are many other ways to help raise awareness about pet adoption in your local community. In fact, on Thursday, June 20th, I am organizing a Pet Fair to be held at my workplace. The overall theme of this educational and promotional event is pet adoption and animal welfare. We are welcoming local shelters, humane societies, rescues, trainers, veterinarians, pet boutiques & bakeries, daycare & boarding providers, and photographers among other non-profit groups in the pet care industry to help highlight the services and products available in our own community.
Although we are not permitting monetary fundraising on-site, we are encouraging each organization to share their mission including current donation requirements, volunteer opportunities, and upcoming events. We will the collection of goods (dog/cat food and treats, litter, toys, blankets, cleaning supplies, etc.) and are exploring the possibility of inviting adoptable dogs and cats for an outdoor meet & greet, weather permitting.
So, what are you waiting for? Get planning and share your story with us!