It’s the happiest day of the year! Today pet parents around the world treat their dogs to a taste of the working world with a day at the office. Just don’t expect them to get anything done.
As fun as it is, Take Your Dog To Work Day is so much more than an excuse to bring your pup to work, it’s actually a part of a much larger mission. Workplaces have been participating in the celebration since 1999 when it sprung out of a campaign by Pet Sitters International to honor companion dogs and promote their adoptions. This year, PSI is raising funds and awareness for Pets for Patriots, an organization that helps veterans and military members adopt overlooked shelter pets.
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“While TYDTWDay offers a fun opportunity to have dogs at work, its purpose since the inaugural celebration has always been to encourage pet adoptions,” Beth Stultz, PSI vice-president and TYDTWDay spokesperson said in a statement. “Pets for Patriots helps give adult, special needs and large-breed dogs a second chance through their military-adoption programs, and PSI is thrilled to be able to use our international campaign to raise awareness of such a worthy cause.”
Naturally, southerners came out in full force for the holiday. Scroll down to see how your neighbors celebrated Take Your Dog To Work Day on social media: