Coming home to your pet every day is a comforting thing. He’s always happy to see you, and he helps melt away the stress of the day.
Wouldn’t it be better if you could take your pet to work? All this week has been Take Your Pet to Work Week, and June 20 is Take Your Dog to Work Day.
How It Began
The glorious union of pets and the workplace started with Pet Sitters International. They created the day in 1999 to honor the important roles pets play in our lives and highlight the need for adoptions from shelters, rescues and humane societies.
It is also a way to get involved in local pet communities, as well as inspire others to get involved.
Take Your Dog to Work Day is celebrated on the Friday after Father’s Day. If you don’t have a dog, don’t worry. The entire week is dedicated to bringing any type of pet to work, but check with your boss or company policy on animals before skipping into the office with your pet snake in tow.
For those employers who just won’t budge on their no-pets policy, you can also plan a party or event to celebrate the occasion. For tips and ideas, download the action pack from Pet Sitters International to get started.
Here’s what a few people are saying about the furry workday:
“Buddy spends time at our office when his owner is on vacation.” –Jane Woodside
“Izzy goes to work with me every day at Invisible Fence of Pittsburgh. We are holding a customer-wide event on Friday hoping to raise awareness and have fun at the same time.” –Carolyn McNamara Mento
“We are so excited for Friday! It is everyone’s favorite day in the office each year.” –Tenmast Software
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About the Organization
Pet Sitters International was created in 1994 by Patti Moran to offer resources, support and education for professional pet sitters, pet parents and pet-related businesses.
The organization offers a free search tool for pet parents to locate a professional pet sitter in their area.
Pet sitting may sound like a small operation, but the size of the service is impressive. A survey shows that 720,000 households used professional pet sitters in 2013. The majority of pets cared for included dogs and cats, but professional pet sitters also reported taking care of small animals, reptiles and even fish.
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Using a Professional Pet Sitter
Pet sitters vary as much as any other professional. Some may dislike dogs but adore reptiles, while some could be allergic to cats. Ask which animals your potential sitter enjoys the most before committing to the service.
Other questions to ask:
- How much advance notice is needed for a pet sitting appointment?
- Do you have bonding and/or liability insurance?
- Will you meet me and my pet in advance, and will you charge for this meeting?
- What type of plan do you have in place for veterinary emergencies, bad weather or natural disasters?
- What is the price for your service, what does it include, and what are your payment terms?
For a more detailed list of interview questions to ask a professional pet sitter, review this checklist from Pet Sitters International.