14th annual event encourages companies to celebrate dogs, promote pet adoption on June 22.
A recent study released by Virginia Commonwealth University touts the benefits of dogs in the workplace, citing reduced perceived stress and increased job satisfaction for employees with their dogs at work. Businesses across the United States and abroad will experience these benefits firsthand—and promote the urgent need for pet adoptions—on Friday, June 22, as they participate in the 14th annual celebration of Take Your Dog To Work Day (TYDTWDay®) created by Pet Sitters International (PSI).
1-800-Got-Junk?, an international full-service junk removal company headquartered in Vancouver, BC Canada, will be one such company participating.
“Our company has always fostered a fun, creative culture, so when we heard there was a day for workplaces to officially celebrate dogs and promote adoption, we jumped at the chance to invite our employees to participate,” Natalie Burgwin, public relations manager for 1-800-Got-Junk?, said.
Since TYDTWDay’s inception in 1999, companies have increasingly embraced the event, allowing employees to bring their dogs to work for this fun summer Friday to support a good cause. Last summer, more than 100,000 visitors explored the official event Web site, takeyourdog.com, seeking ways to participate.
The 2012 campaign calls on companies to “increase the canine employment rate.” However, TYDTWDay’s mission is not to simply increase the canine employment rate by having dogs at work for this one special day. In addition, the event’s goal is to help adoptable dogs find forever homes, where they can fulfill their work as best friends, stress relievers, exercise partners and more.
“TYDTWDay adds an enjoyable and positive twist to two issues of great importance—the benefits of pet companionship and the dire need for increased pet adoptions,” PSI President Patti Moran said. There are thousands of organized pet adoption events each year, but TYDTWDay is one of the longest-running online campaigns and the only event that focuses solely on celebrating dogs and educating pet owners in the workplace.