On Friday, June 21, dogs across the United States and abroad will accompany their owners to work as businesses celebrate the 15th annual Take Your Dog To Work Day® (TYDTWDay®).
The online campaign, created by Pet Sitters International (PSI) in 1999, has reached tens of thousands with its unique message of celebrating dogs at work to promote pet adoptions during the last decade and a half.
Pet ownership is on the rise and the American Heart Association recently announced that owning pets can even reduce the risk of heard disease. In light of these facts, PSI anticipates participation in TYDTWDay will continue to grow for years to come.
Since TYDTWDay's inception, companies have increasingly embraced the event, allowing employees to bring their dogs to work for this fun summer Friday to support a good cause. PSI President Patti Moran estimates that less than 300 companies participated in the first event. Since that time, word about the event spread quickly and the popularity of the event has grown by leaps and bounds.
Moran attributes the event's success to the increasing role pets have come to play in our lives.
"There's no question pets enhance our lives," said Moran. "Experts tout the benefits of pet ownership, from reduced stress to increased physical activity. TYDTWDay provides pet lovers with a unique way to celebrate their dogs and give back to the pet community by promoting adoptions."
Because of the event's growth, PSI is unable to track the number of participants, but more than 287,000 visitors explored the official event Web site, takeyourdog.com, seeking ways to participate during the 2012 campaign—nearly tripling the web traffic from the previous year.
Although major corporations like Google and Amazon may be most well known for their dog-friendly policies, PSI hears from a variety of companies each year—from law firms and universities to governmental offices and fine china distributors—interested in joining in the dogs-at-work trend, if only for TYDTWDay.
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