We love our pets.
We love our pets so much that 37 percent of us would apparently sacrifice workplace benefits in order to bring our pet to the office. That number includes 6 percent who would take a pay cut in exchange for having Fido by their side. Those numbers are according to an online survey of 1,100 pet owners commissioned by Wellness Natural Pet Food.
Moreover, Wellness found that 44 percent of respondents would consider a career move to find a pet-friendly workplace, so the company scoured the country to find 10 of the top companies for dog lovers. Take a look and see if one is near you.
Tito’s Handmade Vodka
Tito’s Handmade Vodka has a commitment to animals that extends beyond letting workers bring their pooches to the office. In addition to having an open-door policy for dogs, the company has a history of rescuing abandoned animals in the area and launched a Vodka for Dog People Program that raises money for pet charities like Emancipet, a nonprofit which provides low-cost veterinary care.
Tito’s Handmade Vodka is based in a pet-friendly city, Austin, Texas, which is home to numerous off-leash parks, such as Red Bud Isle, where dogs can run and swim after a tough day at the office.
As a company selling a camera that dispenses pet treats remotely, Petcube is a natural as a pet-friendly place to work. Four-legged companions are invited to the office and corporate events, and workers get access to perks such as dog walking, pet sitting, pet insurance and more.
Petcube is based in San Francisco, which regularly gets ranked as the most dog-friendly city in the country. In a 2017 analysis, the website SmartAsset noted that the city scored high in walkability and the number of dog parks. Plus, it has 174 dog-friendly restaurants.
Harpoon Brewery is another establishment that opens its door to workers’ dogs. It seemed like a natural decision for CEO Dan Kenary, a self-described dog-lover.
Anyone considering a move to Harpoon Brewery’s home base of Boston will find plenty of pet-friendly amenities in the city. You can take your pet for a ride on the Provincetown Ferry, visit one of the many off-leash parks in the area or pick up some handcrafted dog treats from the Polka Dog Bakery.
Known for its vacuums and cleaning supplies, Bissell has pet-friendly policies that extend beyond the office. The company allows workers to bring pets to work, maintains walking paths for use during the day and even has a Pet Spot for treats, water bowls and other pet accessories. The Bissell Pet Foundation is a major supporter of Empty the Shelters events which have helped more than 12,500 pets in 14 states find homes.
The company has headquarters in Grand Rapids, Michigan, less than an hour away from Lake Michigan, where pet-friendly beaches like one at Kruse Park let dogs frolic in the waves. The city’s metro area is also home to numerous other parks and trails as well as posh pet boutiques.
You may know Glassdoor as the website where you can research jobs and salaries. However, its workers know Glassdoor as the company that has about 30 dogs roaming its headquarters each day. However, the business is also thinking about the allergy-sufferers it employs and has designated dog-free areas for those folks.
Glassdoor is located in Mill Valley, California. Residents of this city not far from San Francisco get the benefit of dog-friendly features of the Bay Area along with a handful of pet-friendly activities closer to home, such as the Mill Valley Dog Park.
The dating site Zoosk is another San Francisco-based company that is also pet-friendly. According to the Wellness Natural Pet Food survey, Zoosk welcomes workers’ dogs every day and even has a special award for one pet each month. Plus, employees are free to head out for a rousing game of fetch with a dog if they need to take a break.
Zogics supplies gyms and fitness centers across the country with towels, cleaning solutions and other equipment. Those fortunate enough to work at the company’s Lenox, Massachusetts, headquarters get all sorts of pet-related perks. Most notable is the “Pawternity” policy that provides a week of paid time off to new pet owners as well as a pet store gift card and plenty of Zogics pet shampoo.
Located in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts, Zogics is surrounded by 15 miles of dog-friendly trails as well as acres of land where four-legged friends can run.
O.H.S.O. Brewery, Distillery and Restaurant
All four of the O.H.S.O. restaurant locations in Arizona have dog-friendly patios where pooches can hang out. Plus, there are homemade dog treats, a burger for dogs and even “barking bars” with water on tap for thirsty canine visitors. Workers can feel good about being part of a company that sponsors a monthly giveback night in which 20 percent of sales go to animal organizations or adoption events.
Based in Phoenix, O.H.S.O. has two locations in the city as well as restaurants in Scottsdale and Gilbert. When not working, restaurant employees can take their dogs on a hike up the Lookout Mountain Trail, let them splash at the Cosmo Dog Park or visit one of the other many dog-friendly trails and parks in the area.
In the world of technology, Fueled has made a name for itself as an award-winning mobile app designer and developer. At its New York City office, dogs are allowed to join their owners at work, and Fraiser, a Brussels Griffon and company mascot, is on hand to supervise.
As an urban area, it might seem as though New York City isn’t ideal for pets, but SmartAsset disagrees. They rank the Big Apple as the tenth most dog-friendly city in the country. That’s thanks in large part to the area’s walkability.
TerraCycle is all about innovation. The company is devoted to finding ways to recycle waste that has traditionally been deemed hard-to-recycle. It takes that innovative approach to its office as well. Dogs are welcome to accompany owners to work, and there are conference rooms and outdoor spaces for them to use.
Although Trenton, New Jersey — the company’s home base — is limited in its number of dog parks and similar amenities, owners will find off-leash areas in nearby Hamilton, West Windsor and Levittown.
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