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As a leading pet specialty retailer with more than 50 years of service to pet parents, we believe healthier pets make happier people, which makes the world a better place – and we believe that translates to the workplace, too. 

In 2016, we established April 19 as National Pets at Work Day to help raise awareness for the benefits of pet-friendly workspaces. A growing body of scientific research shows having a pet – or even interacting with one – has positive effects on both animals and people. To us, carrying those effects into the workplace, where most of us spend the majority of our waking hours, is a no-brainer.

To celebrate in 2019, we encouraged Petco partners (employees) to help us spread the word by changing their social media profile photos to one with a pet at work, and post it along with #PetsAtWork and one of the many reasons why they love sharing their work days with pets.

Partners at our pet-friendly support center offices had the opportunity to take a professional headshot with either their own pet, a co-worker’s pet, or an adoptable pet from a local shelter. At our more than 1,500 Petco stores nationwide – where we care for various types of companion animals and our guests’ pets are always welcome – partners were encouraged to share photos of themselves with their favorite pets at work, too!

Whether in a store or support center office, all of us at Petco are lucky to spend our days working with and for pets of all sizes, breeds and species – and we think that should be the case in as many workplaces as possible. That’s exactly what National Pets at Work Day is all about.

Studies show sharing the workspace with pets brings peace of mind, and notable health benefits including reduced heart rate, blood pressure, anxiety and more! Learn more about the benefits of pet-friendly workplaces, how you can foster and manage one, and let’s all grab our lunch – and leash – and make pets at work business as usual!