Take Your Dog (or Cat) to Work Day



On Friday, June 23, companies across the globe will welcome employees’ dogs to the office in celebration of Pet Sitters International’s 25thannual Take Your Dog To Work Day® (TYDTWDay)—a milestone event celebrating the great companions dogs make and encouraging their adoptions from local shelters, rescue groups and humane societies.

Pet Sitters International (PSI), the world’s leading educational organization for professional pet sitters, established TYDTWDay in 1999 to give back to the pet community from which their members earn their living. Since that time, PSI has encouraged employers across the United States—and around the world—to open their doors to employees’ dogs for one fun summer Friday each year, all for a good cause.

“In 1999 for our first Take Your Dog To Work Day, we called businesses, faxed media outlets and promoted the event to everyone we could think of. We estimate that 300 businesses participated that first year,” said PSI Founder and CEO Patti Moran. “Now we are honored to see thousands of participants flood social media with their photos on Take Your Dog To Work Day each year, and we expect participation to grow for our 25th celebration.”

PSI encourages businesses and pet parents to visit www.petsit.com/toolkit to download a free 2023 TYDTWDay Event Toolkit that includes a variety of celebration tips and ideas—as well as a sample “dogs at work” policy, employee participation form templates and more.

“This special day continues to highlight the joy of pet ownership and the importance of pet adoption, and we can’t wait to see all the creative ways that companies will be ‘working with a dog’ on June 23,” said Moran.

Cat parents needn’t worry, cats can celebrate the day too.  Cat lovers who want equal time, Take Your Pet To Work Week® (TYPTWWeek) takes place the week leading up to TYDTWDay, June 19-23, 2023, and Take Your Cat To Work Day® (TYCTWDay) takes place on Monday, June 19, 2023.

Most likely, however, they will prefer to stay home and nap.


tip of the day

If you are traveling with your pet, serve food in throw-away dishes or plates, depending on their preference. This makes for quick and easy clean up when you don’t have access to a kitchen to wash dishes.