Take Your Dog to Work Day

take your dog to work dayTake your dog to work day is Friday June, 23rd. We all love our dogs; that’s a given. On the other hand- let’s face it, you probably don’t love going to work nearly as much. Why not simply combine the two?

To celebrate our beloved furry companions and promote adoptions, Pet Sitters International created Take Your Dog to Work Day!

  • Support local pet communities
  • Experience the joys of pets in the workplace
  • Help pets in need
  • Promote pet adoptions


Take Your Dog to Work Day: Friday, June 23!

Don’t Overlook the Shelter Pets

Unfortunately, countless dogs are homeless worldwide; the actual number is devastating. With an estimated 14,000 shelters and rescue groups in the U.S. alone, taking in nearly 8 million animals each year, there simply isn’t nearly enough resources to support them.

These are the animals that truly, desperately need your help; not that adorable puppy in the pet store window.

Why is this number so high?

The reason falls on human greed. Though there are many problems contributing to the outrageous number of homeless animals in the US, the largest contributor by-far is still completely legal ‘puppy and kitten mills’. As long as there is money to be made, our United States Congress (fully aware of the situation) will continue to allow these entities to operate.

A massive shift in public opinion, directly affecting those elected representatives that reside in Congress, is arguably the only thing that will ever truly stop this.

  • ‘Euthanasia’ is an incorrect term; very few domesticated shelter animals are ever euthanized. Euthanasia entails the assisted death of a terminal, suffering human or animal. Nearly all of the dogs that are ‘put down’ are completely healthy; these animals are destroyed.

Dictionary Definition: the act or practice of killing or permitting the death of hopelessly sick or injured individuals (such as persons or domestic animals) in a relatively painless way for reasons of mercy (merriam-webster)

Thankfully, dog loving organizations like Pet Sitters International stepped in to help!

First Take Your Pet to Work Day

To help limit this growing problem, Pet Sitters International held the first Take Your Dog to Work Day in the US on Friday, June 24, 1999; 19 years ago. Though it was only the first of many to come, an estimated 300 companies participated in the event nationwide!

Through these events, non-pet owners in the workplace are able to witness the emotional bond co-workers share with their own pets, helping encourage adoptions. Who wants to be the lonely guy at work, completing the same tasks they have a thousand times before, while their co-workers enjoy a fun filled day lavishing in their beloved pet’s attention?

With the overall involvement growing each year, Take your Pet to Work Day (and Week) is receiving the attention of hundreds of thousands of enthusiasts each year!

Take Your Pet to Work Week, June 19-23, is the entire week leading up to Friday!

Marketing Bonus

For large businesses, participating shows the community they care for animals; something that will make them look very good in the eyes of the public. Sure- at first, it may seem a little greedy and self-centered. Who cares why they are doing it as long as they do it. The animals don’t, and participating helps them no matter the reason!

Ask your employer how he plans to spend June 23. If he is opposed to the idea, explain the marketing potential participation holds!

Is your company participating in Take Your Dog to Work Day this year?


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