CANA launches program to help make workplaces more pet friendly

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In the lead up to Take Your Dog to Work Day (21 June), national animal welfare charity Companion Animal Network Australia (Australia CAN or CANA) has officially launched its Pets in Business program to help employers set up pet-friendly policies that meet the needs of the business, non-pet owners and pet-owning staff.

“Now more than ever pets are an integral part of our lives,” CEO of Australia CAN Trish Ennis said. 

“With many companies continuing to have employees split their working week between home and the office, it’s no surprise people want to bring their pets to the workplace too.”

Consumer research shows 85 per cent of Australian dog owners would go into the office more if they could take their pets. Plus, 63 per cent of employees in pet-friendly workplaces are ‘very satisfied’ with their work environment (and that is nearly twice as many as those in workplaces where pets are not allowed).

Yet many workplaces are not prepared to have animals on site, and do not have policies in place to support pets joining them.

“Creating a pet-friendly workplace involves carefully balancing the interests and rights of all employees, ensuring the welfare of the animals and managing the associated liability risks,” Ennis said.

“Plus, not every workplace is suitable for pets; for instance, a warehouse or other area that operates high-risk machinery.”

CANA’s Pets in Business program provides FREE resources to support the workplace, such as Pet Resume, Pet Friendly Workplace and Pet Free Zone Posters, Rules for Pets and Humans, and Office Pet Roster. 

For a donation, CANA can also set up employers with a branded Pets In Business kit that includes rules and regulations that meet the needs of everyone in the workplace. All donations go towards supporting the work of CANA member agencies.

“As some companies struggle to persuade employees to spend more time working onsite, implementing a pet-friendly policy might be the perfect solution for creating happier and more productive workplaces,” Ennis said.

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