PSI's Take Your Dog To Work Day®(TYDTWDay®) is about having fun, but what's more important is raising awareness for homeless dogs. Use the day as a way to educate people in your company about homeless animal statistics, the health benefits of pet ownership and to show them you understand the important role pets play in the lives of employees. Consider inviting a PSI professional pet sitter to speak to employees.
Hold a TYDTWDay fundraiser and designate the proceeds from your event to a local animal charity, shelter or rescue group. Whether you are able to bring pets to your workplace or not, anyone can hold a fundraiser and the best part is that you're helping homeless animals in your community. Participating businesses have planned silent auctions, hosted dog/owner look-a-like contests and more to raise money.
Make arrangements for a few animals from a local shelter or rescue group to visit your business and meet employees. Depending on your workplace, you may also be able to host an adoption fair open to the public on-site or post local adoptable pets on your company website or social media pages. The end result could be multiple pet adoptions and that's what TYDTWDay is all about!
Invite local pet-care professionals to come and talk about their businesses or host an information session for your workplace. Consider inviting pet sitters, dog trainers, groomers, veterinarians, etc. You may also ask vendors to donate products or gift certificates for a raffle or silent auction with proceeds going to a local shelter.
Take lots of pictures. The marketing department of one participating company donated their time and expenses to take photos of the associates with their dogs. The photos cost $10.00 each and all of the proceeds were matched by the company and donated to a local shelter. At another company, the employer took photos with a digital camera and gave each dog owner a framed copy.
PSI also encourages participants to enter the 2013 TYDTWDay photo contest for a chance to win a cash prize, plus a donation to a local shelter!
TYDTWDay offers employees a fun summer Friday! A hot dog lunch with all the fixings along with dog bone-shaped cookies and doggie treats gives everyone a fun "paws" at work. Consider charging a small fee for lunch or request donations for a local animal shelter or rescue group.
Hold a doggie costume contest or a puppy parade. Doggie fashion shows can be a lot of fun, too.
Start a TYDTWDay photo album. Be sure to add to it each year.
Hold fun contests, such as best trick, friendliest canine co-worker, the "lazy dog" employee of the day or most talented. Use your imagination for other fun contest categories.
Just because your workday ends at five doesn't mean the party has to stop. Ask your company to host a dog-friendly after party with goodies for people and their pets. Also learn more about National Dog Party Day and see if there is a local event taking place on the evening of June 21.
Remember, if you don't work on Fridays or you are a "cat person," consider participating on another day during our first celebration of Take Your Pet To Work Week™, June 17-21, 2013. You can still use the tips and resources in the TYDTWDay Action Pack to plan your event any time during the week.