“The day was established as a unique way to raise awareness for the need for pet adoptions,” Stultz says. “The campaign began as a grassroots effort. The PSI staff called and faxed (it was 1999!) hundreds of businesses to encourage them to participate the first year.” A puppy named Severn was one of the very first dogs to benefit from Take Your Dog to Work Day, according to PSI president Patti J. Moran. The pup, who was rescued during a flood and named after the River Severn, was adopted after his story was shared at a 2001 TYDTWDay event.
A reported 300 businesses participated in its inaugural year, and now, Take Your Dog to Work Day has worldwide recognition. According to Stultz, companies across the United States, as well as Canada, Belgium, Ireland, England, Brazil, the Philippines and Australia, have pledged to participate, so expect to see some furry friends commuting with their owners.