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Take Your Dog to Work Day Is June 20!

Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 2:00pm
Yorkie sitting at desk next to computer

All hail the new King of the Office: Tomorrow is the 16th annual Take Your Dog to Work Day!

Your pooch might not get a whole lot of work done (and will almost certainly forget to put a coversheet on those TPS reports), but evidence suggests that workplaces that allow pets have happier, healthier employees. So get your boss’s okay, check out our office etiquette tips for dogs, and make sure your dog is well-rested for a busy day of water-cooler gossip and inter-departmental meetings…with other dogs!

We hope you and your pup will participate in this Friday’s fur-fest—and if you do, snap plenty of photos because we’d love to see them. Tweet us your pictures @ASPCA using the hashtag #takeyourdog, and we’ll share our favorites.

Dog laying on floor next to mail and aspca shirt

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pepper

I work in a facility where pets are occasionally brought in to visit. The owners have to meet certain requirements in regards to their pets. Occasionally, there are issues and some pets are not happy in strange environments. Responsible pet ownership includes knowing when and where your pet will fit and being considerate of those who do not have the same passion for animals as we do. There may be very valid reasons for this and we need to respect others if we expect the same regard for ourselves and our pets.

Evie

Pawsome!!! ^..^

JV

Every day is take your dog to work day for me! I am very lucky!

Michael

It is amazing to me, how something pleasant can become so unfriendly. I Love Dogs, especially mine , but I do love all dogs and would personally never mind seeing a dog anywhere ( sometimes more than most people), but I do understand some people do not feel the same way, also their right. If it were me, I would ask my colleagues how they feel about it, mutual respect is always good! I know there are many people who think I am crazy the way I am about my dogs, I treat them like Humans, some people don't. and I understand that... to each their own.

Michael

I am Lucky i work from home my two Boston's with me every day, Love them!! the best co workers ever...

kathy

Why does there always have to be a sour puss!!!!

CLH

I think somewhere along this email exchange, various folks lost sight of what "take you dog to work day" is. This is meant to be a day to celebrate dogs and promote animal adoption in a fun way. As such, people wishing to participate in this fun celebration are encouraged to check with management and co-workers to see if anyone is allergic, afraid or opposed to you bringing your dog to work for this one special day. People are then encouraged to dog-proof their work space, groom their animals before their office debut, prepare a doggie bag, avoid forcing co-workers to interact with your dog and have an exit strategy in case your dog becomes overly excited. As with all celebrations - it just comes down to careful planning to insure everyone has a good time.

blanca

OMGG you whiinerr Kelly,,,,! ,, then stay home! geesh... oh yeahh ok "alot of work"...

Kyla

I work from home now, so every day my dogs are in my office, but that wasn't always the case. The last place I worked in an actual office, dogs were always welcome, so you might come in to find the Boss's min pins under her desk, the IT guy's Golden Retriever, the Office Manager's Husky or my pug, Sammie, chilling with the humans.

Jolino

When I read the headline for this article what crossed my mind was that most businesses that like dogs at work probably already have one or a few running around. Having dogs fit into a business environment has to be an organic situation. Not all dogs would be happy being taken to work...not everyone works in an office. I don't think the ASPCA wants people or animals in distress. Each business has to do what is best for their employees and the animals. If it isn't right for your work place bring pictures and hang them some where prominent for the day..or bring a special treat home. The way this thread ran so far off topic with snide remarks was very disheartening considering we are supposed to be united in bringing awareness and empathy to the abuse of all animals. This commitment should include us as well considering we are the human animal. I am grateful to the ones that understand.

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