Today is Bring Your Dog to Work Day, an “annual nationwide event that raises money for charities dedicated to making a difference to the welfare of dogs.” As a dog friendly business we’re really excited to be a Pawsome Partner for the 2020 celebrations. If you are at home today you can get involved by donating and joining in with their Hall of Fame competition.
The benefits of having dogs at work
Allowing staff members to bring their dogs into the office is a perk with proven benefits. A study by Washington State University found that petting a dog for just 10 minutes can significantly reduce your stress levels. An another research project by the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health found that dogs in the workplace provide “social support, improve performance, and increase social interactions”.
Research conducted by Battersea found that “More than 90 per cent of businesses we asked that allowed dogs at work said they’d seen a positive change in the working environment. One in two businesses noticed a decrease in absenteeism, 56 per cent said their dog had improved work relations, and 67 per cent said it improved staff morale.”
Bring Your Dog To Work Day Charities
Money raised from sponsorship and their virtual dog shows will be donated to two charities dedicated to making a difference to the welfare of dogs.
All Dogs Matter is a charity that rescues and rehomes more than 300 dogs a year in London, Norfolk and the surrounding areas, and has three members of staff. The dogs in their care are either strays, are relocated from pounds, or simply come from owners who can no longer keep them. A mixture of foster homes and kennel spaces are used to take care of the dogs.
Founded in 1998 by Jill Robinson MBE, Animals Asia has worked tirelessly around the horrific dog and cat meat trade as well as the cruel bear bile farming industry. It promotes compassion and respect for all animals, working to improve their welfare and bring about long-term change in China and Vietnam. It is the only organisation with a bear sanctuary in China.
Get to know some of the Dignity Dogs
George – Site Manager
George is hard at work today overseeing the work being done on the Dignity grounds, along with his trusty human assistant Housy.
George is a 3 year old rescued Bichon Frise.
Archie – Purchasing Assistant
Archie and his human assistant Tammy are working hard ordering personalised keepsakes and memorials today.
Archie is a 4 year old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.
Kenzie – Customer Services Supervisor
Kenzie is keeping a close eye on the diary and appointments today with help from her human assistant Caroline.
Kenzie is a (nearly) 2 year old Springer Spaniel
Willow – Night Watchdog
Willow is guarding the grounds although some have a suspicion that she may be sleeping on the job. Willow has her trusty human assistant Estelle to help her out.
Willow is a 5 year old Greek rescue dog (we’re not 100% sure on her breed).
Find out more about how you can get involved with Bring Your Dog to Work Day on their website.