Take Your Dog To Work Day® Celebrates 20 Years of Dogs at Work for a Cause

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Friday, June 22, marks the 20th annual celebration and event creator Pet Sitters International says this year’s event is bolstered by the support of sponsors who support the mission of promoting pet adoptions.

Take Your Dog To Work Day

PSI's 20th annual Take Your Dog To Work Day® is June 22.

While TYDTWDay offers a fun opportunity to have dogs at work, its purpose since the inaugural celebration has always been to encourage pet adoptions.

“How Take Your Dog To Work Day Is Changing Lives” is the title of an article previously published by Reader’s Digest, but it is also a legacy that Take Your Dog To Work Day® creator Pet Sitters International (PSI) takes very seriously. Friday, June 22, marks PSI’s 20th annual Take Your Dog To Work Day (TYDTWDay®) event and campaign—and this milestone celebration is bolstered by the support of its 2018 sponsors.

For its 20th celebration, PSI has partnered with carefully selected sponsors who support the campaign’s mission and also offer must-have products and resources for pet parents:

  • Exclusive pet insurance partner Embrace Pet Insurance provides top-rated pet insurance and Wellness Rewards, a routine care plan that helps pay for preventative veterinary care, grooming, training and more.
  • Exclusive dog food partner “I and love and you” has a Take Your Dog To Work kit with treats, a bow tie, business cards and more to fully prep your dog for their big day in the cubicle jungle.
  • Official campaign partner Kurgo® is a leading supplier of quality dog travel supplies and accessories for active dogs, including car seat covers, harnesses and leashes.

“As we celebrate two decades of dogs at work for a ‘paws-itive’ cause, we appreciate the support of our 2018 sponsors who are leaders in the pet industry and also as passionate about pets as we are,” said PSI President Patti J. Moran.

Since creating the event in 1999, PSI has encouraged employers across the United States—and around the globe—to open their doors to employees’ dogs for one fun summer Friday each year to celebrate the great companions dogs make and promote their adoptions. PSI offers a free downloadable event toolkit that provides instructions for planning a TYDTWDay event, as well as employee participation forms and a sample “dogs at work” policy.

When PSI created Take Your Dog To Work Day® in 1999, Moran says the day was initially met with skepticism. For two decades, however, large, small and mid-sized companies have answered the call, celebrating dogs at work and often also raising money for local pet-rescue organizations and animal shelters.

“While TYDTWDay offers a fun opportunity to have dogs at work, its purpose since the inaugural celebration has always been to encourage pet adoptions,” explained Beth Stultz, PSI vice-president and TYDTWDay spokesperson. “We hear from participating companies that partner with local shelters or rescue groups to allow them to bring in adoptable pets, host benefit luncheons or charity auctions, or plan contests such as dog-owner lookalike competitions to raise money for local pet-related organizations.”

For companies unable to participate on Friday—or those who want to involve other pet types—the entire week leading up to Take Your Dog To Work Day is Take Your Pet To Work Week®, which kicks off with Take Your Cat To Work Day™ on Monday, June 18.

To learn more about PSI, its 20th annual TYDTWDay event and the 2018 sponsors, visit http://www.petsit.com/takeyourdog.

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About Pet Sitters International: Founded in 1994 by Patti J. Moran, author of Pet Sitting for Profit, Pet Sitters International (PSI) is the world’s largest educational association for professional pet sitters, with member pet-sitting businesses in the United States, Canada and more than 20 other countries. PSI created Take Your Dog To Work Day® in 1999 to celebrate the great companions dogs make and promote their adoptions. PSI’s Pet Sitter Locator is the largest online directory of professional pet sitters, and pet owners can visit petsit.com/locate to find local professional pet sitters.

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