Friday, June 21st is Take Your Dog To Work Day! Here’s a brief history of how it all started.
The day was created and celebrated for the first time on June 24, 1999 by Pet Sitters International. Designed to celebrate dogs as companions and encourage shelter adoptions, the Friday “howl”iday lets pet parents show co-workers (that aren’t pet owners) the joy of dog!
An estimated 300 companies participated in the first event and the celebration grows every year. Why not turn Take Your Dog To Work Day into an opportunity to also do something good FUR a charitable organization? Here are some ideas to help this year’s Take Your Dog To Work Day a fun and meaningful event!
Hold a “food drive” or “supply drive” for a local shelter in need. Ask co-workers to bring in dog food, treats, paper towels, blankets, bleach, cat litter, toys etc. for a shelter that could really use the help. Place a donation can in the break room or at the front reception desk and ask everyone to make a contribution.
For Cancer Organizations:
Go PINK or PURPLE for the day! Get dressed in the color of cancer you care about! How about having a lunchtime speaker or health professional come in and talk about cancer prevention? The American Cancer Society is a great resource and can help organize a Relay For Life fundraiser or cancer awareness effort. Want to find out more about canine cancer? Contact the National Canine Cancer Foundation. They can provide information and handouts on cancer and your pet.
For Earth Conservation Groups:
Want to find out more about holistic pet care? Contact a local pet store or Veterinarian office and ask if they can provide some samples or handouts for the day. Hold aluminum can or newspaper recycling event at the office to raise money for a local green space, Dog Park or other organization.