Companies Are Going Furry for a Good Cause This Summer

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Friday, June 25, marks the 12th annual Take Your Dog to Work Day

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TYDTWDay offers an opportunity for pet parents to show off their dogs to co-workers while giving back to the pet community and promoting a great cause—pet adoption.

Businesses across the United States and abroad will go furry this month to celebrate the 12th annual Take Your Dog To Work Day® on Friday, June 25, 2010.

Created by Pet Sitters International (PSI) in 1999, Take Your Dog To Work Day (TYDTWDay®) celebrates the great companions dogs make, raises awareness about the benefits of pet ownership and promotes the need for pet adoption.

For more than a decade, businesses have opened their doors to employees’ Chihuahuas, Labradors, Yorkies, Great Danes and every mix in between on this summer Friday for a fun and fur-filled celebration that boosts employee morale and promotes pet adoption.

During this same time, pet ownership has grown, with more than 62 percent of U.S. households now owning one or more pets. Spending on pets has also seen continued growth, even in rough economic times, with $45.5 million spent on U.S. pets in 2009 alone. An estimated $47.7 million will be doled out for pampered pooches in the United States this year.

“People love their dogs and pets enrich our lives in so many ways,” said PSI president Patti Moran. “TYDTWDay offers an opportunity for pet parents to show off their dogs to co-workers while giving back to the pet community and promoting a great cause—pet adoption.”

Moran has teamed up with pet expert Arden Moore this year to spread the word about the positive effects of pet ownership—personally and professionally. From promoting weight loss to reducing the risk of cancer, pet ownership offers specific health benefits as well as improved mood and reduced anxiety.

“Dogs show us how to better ourselves,” said pet expert and TYDTWDay ambassador Arden Moore. “Having a canine extraordinaire (CEO) in your life can teach you valuable lessons about succeeding at home and in the workplace.”

Pet Sitters International, along with 2010 campaign partners Dog Fancy magazine and the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), encourages businesses, shelters and pet lovers interested in celebrating their dogs and promoting pet adoption to visit http://www.takeyourdog.com to register support, download a free 2010 TYDTWDay Action Pack and enter the official 2010 TYDTWDay Photo Contest.

About Pet Sitters International
Established in 1994, Pet Sitters International (PSI) is the world’s largest educational association for professional pet sitters, representing nearly 8,000 independent professional pet-sitting businesses in the United States, Canada and abroad. PSI provides members with access to affordable bonding and liability insurance and educational resources including a comprehensive Accreditation Program, The Pet Sitter’s WORLD magazine and PSI’s annual Quest convention. For more information, visit http://www.petsit.com, home of the Official Pet Sitter Locator™ or visit the PSIStoreOnline, the largest specialty retailer of products for pet sitters and pet-sitter business owners.

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