June 21 marks PSI’s 21st annual Take Your Dog To Work Day (TYDTWDay). Pet Sitters International (PSI), the world’s largest educational association for professional pet sitters, created the event in 1999 to celebrate the great companions dogs make and promote their adoptions.
Since creating the event , PSI has encouraged employers across the United States and Canada—and around the globe—to open their doors to employees’ dogs for one fun summer Friday each year for this celebration for a good cause.
Over the years, the celebration has expanded to include other pet types with the entire week leading up to the event (June 17-21) observed as Take Your Pet To Work Week and Monday, June 17, designated as Take Your Cat To Work Day to encourage participants to bring their feline friends.
In recent years, the event’s popularity has been bolstered by social media with pet lovers eager to share photos of their pets at work.
“For years we promoted the campaign through grassroots efforts reaching out directly to businesses and media,” said PSI vice-president and TYDTWDay spokesperson Beth Stultz-Hairston. “Now, social-media users are our biggest advocates—spreading the word by sharing their photos on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter using the #takeyourdogtoworkday, #takeyourcattoworkday or #takeyourpettoworkweek hashtags.”
For this year’s event, PSI has partnered with 2019 sponsor Fear Free Happy Homes who supports the campaign’s mission and also offers cutting-edge education to enrich pets’ lives. To learn more Take Your Dog To Work Day, Take Your Pet To Work Week or Take Your Cat To Work Day, visit www.petsit.com/takeyourdog.
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