22 June 2011

Promote pet adoption by taking your dog to work this Friday

You can take your beloved kids to work one day a year, so why not take your precious pooch to work one day too?

Imagine an exciting day in the workplace with your best four-legged friend: someone that won't breathe down your back for making a mistake, and won't judge you for sneaking that extra donut during break time. Some employees don't have to just imagine--this day is for real for thousands of businesses who are joining in and looking to improve the lives of shelter dogs.

Friday, June 24 is officially Take Your Dog to Work Day (TYDTWDay), and Pet Sitters International is asking every animal lover to graciously encourage their employer to join in on the fun. TYDTWDay celebrates the glory that dogs bring to our lives, and helps to promote the adoption of pets from animal shelters, humane societies, and animal rescues.

This Friday is Take Your Dog to Work Day

On the event website, hopeful participants can send the event information to their employers or colleagues, and if they've already gained approval, they can register for the event to show their support. By registering, participants will receive a free downloadable copy of the 2011 TYDTWDay Action Pack, which includes policies and tips for having a fun and stress free day with dogs in the workplace.

Another way to celebrate this exciting day is to partner up with an animal shelter, and ask them to join you at your workplace. They may be able to bring adoptable pets along with them, or they can provide information on current adoptions at their shelter. So the shelter benefits in some way, consider finding a way to have a fundraiser at your workplace. Do anything you can to get the word out!

Bringing your dog to work this Friday will surely make for a great day, and you may even have so much fun that you'll choose to put in some extra hours (maybe). Not only will your dog have the chance to see some new faces and socialize with other dogs, but they will likely improve your mood and everyone else's moods around you.

This is one wonderful cause, and all it takes is a little encouragement on your part to get your boss to partake. Pet Sitters International provides some helpful hints and tips on their website to help you make this day possible, and it may help to send your boss that cute picture of your pup that you, too, can't resist.

Show your support and celebrate June 24 with your pet, and above all, be thankful that your pet has the option of going to work with you, as many pets do not have the loving homes that they long for.

Alexandra Hedin | Facebook | @Alexandra_Hedin
Alexandra is highly passionate about animals and animal rights, and wants to raise awareness of the cruelty that many animals suffer in the best way she knows how, and this is by written word. She is a recent graduate of Metropolitan State University in Minnesota, with a degree in Professional Writing and a minor in Creative Writing.

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