I’ve long thought that one of the best things about working from my home office (other than no commute) is that I get to be with my feline friends every day. I love taking “kitty cuddle” breaks, and it’s just nice to have some company while I write. Were I to ever hang up my freelance hat for a job outside the home, I think this transition would be difficult for me. Perhaps it’s just wishful thinking, but I believe the cats wouldn’t like it much either.
Dog lovers who work outside the home face a similar situation. True, they do have Take Your Dog to Work Day which is a nice idea, but it’s just one day in June. What if there were companies that let dog lovers bring their canine best friend to their workplace on a regular basis … maybe even every single day? Wouldn’t that be cool? Well, it turns out there are lots of dog-friendly companies where you can do just that!
According to The American Pet Product Manufacturers Association (APPMA), nearly one in five American companies allows pets in the workplace. Many pet-friendly companies also have perks like discounted pet insurance and organized dog walks. Some even allow cats in the workplace, although I’m not sure how many kitties would think that’s a good idea.
If you’re in the market for a new job and think taking Fido to work with you would be pawsome, the website DogFriendly.com lists dog-friendly employers in every state; you can see what pet-friendly companies are in your state here. Below, in alphabetical order, are just a few of the companies known to have pet friendly policies.