It is estimated that 1.4 million Americans bring their dogs to work with them every day. That’s 5.6 million little paws commuting with their dog mom or dad to help them bring home the bacon. Add to that number all the dog lovers who work from home with only canines as colleagues in the “home office,” and the numbers rise.
You would think that dog lovers who have the ability to work alongside their favorite pooch would have to practice a high level of self-restraint in order to not get wrapped up in admiring their sweet dog curled up napping next to their desk. And perhaps they do. But many companies believe that the presence of animals (especially dogs) at the workplace actually helps to create a more productive and creative environment. In fact, some of the country’s largest employers are dog-friendly, including Google Inc., and Amazon.com. Many smaller businesses recognize the importance of employee happiness and satisfaction and contribute to that by creating dog-friendly firms.
For those who are not allowed to work alongside their dogs every day, a growing number of companies are observing National Take Your Dog to Work Day, annually. Since its inception in 2000, in the UK, companies all over the US and the UK have designated a special day to allow employees to bring their dog to work with them. Every summer, many employers allow canines to join their owners at the workplace for a day of interaction with others. The day was created to allow non-dog owners to enjoy interacting with canines in the hopes that they might consider adopting, as well. As a pro-adoption movement, gone National Observance Day, I’m sold!
This year, on June 22, let’s all remember to join forces in the pro-adoption movement in whatever way we can. If your employer doesn’t find the need to observe National Take Your Dog to Work Day, bring in nice photos of your pooch and share stories about them. Let’s celebrate rescue dogs and help promote awareness of the need to adopt in whatever setting we can!