Take Your Dog To Work Day Joins Forces With Pets for Patriots
Take Your Dog To Work Day creator Pet Sitters International (PSI) is pledging a charitable contribution to Pets for Patriots during this year’s Take Your Dog To Work Day campaign. PSI will also help promote Pets for Patriots’ mission of helping veterans and military members adopt the most overlooked shelter pets.
PSI, an educational association for professional pet sitters, created Take Your Dog To Work Day (TYDTWDay) in 1999 to celebrate the great companions dogs make and promote their adoptions, encouraging businesses to open their doors to employees’ dogs for one fun summer Friday each year. This year’s TYDTWDay on June 23 marks the 19th annual event.
“While TYDTWDay offers a fun opportunity to have dogs at work, its purpose since the inaugural celebration has always been to encourage pet adoptions,” said Beth Stultz, PSI vice-president and TYDTWDay spokesperson. “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.”
To kick off the 2017 TYDTWDay campaign, PSI asks pet owners to submit their favorite photo of their pet(s) online between March 15 and April 15. For each photo submitted, PSI will donate $1 to Pets for Patriots, up to $5,000.
Pets for Patriots, founded by executive director Beth Zimmerman, helps United States military veterans adopt a new pet while giving the most overlooked, undervalued shelter dogs and cats hope and a new home. Pets for Patriots serves military veterans at all stages, including retirees. The organization works with shelters and veterinary partners to ensure the new pet parents have the ability to afford care for their new companions throughout their life.
"PSI and Pets for Patriots share a common mission of supporting the most vulnerable among us," said Beth Zimmerman, executive director and chief executive officer of Pets for Patriots. "We appreciate PSI’s generosity and are excited to further our mission through involvement with this year’s Take Your Dog To Work Day campaign."
PSI encourages businesses interested in participating in Take Your Dog To Work Day to visit takeyourdog.com to download the free toolkit, which includes step-by-step instructions for planning an event and a sample “dogs at work” policy, as well as various other event materials.