[ 1st July 2015 ]

Owlerton encourages workplaces to open office for top dogs

They say a dog is man’s best friend, and now Owlerton Greyhound Stadium is encouraging pet owners to share another aspect of their lives with their furry pals by bringing them to work.

John Gilburn, managing director of Owlerton Greyhound Stadium, brought his four-legged greyhound friend Lucy to meet colleagues at the stadium.

And Yorkshire’s premier greyhound track wants other people to do the same for national Bring Your Dog To Work day.

The stadium also wants workers to share their photos of dogs in work to the @OwlertonStadium Twitter account using the hashtags #BringYourDogToWorkDay and #TakeYourDogToWorkDay.

The day, this year on Friday, June 26, is an annual event to celebrate canine companions.

It encourages employers to experience the joy of pets in the workplace and raises awareness of dog adoption and welfare.

Take Your Dog To Work Day was first run by Pet Sitters International in 1999 to inspire people to support their local pet communities.

Last year, national Bring Your Dog To Work Day launched in the UK, with the aim of raising money for charities dedicated to making a difference to dogs’ welfare.

John Gilburn said: “Taking your dog to work is a great cause. As well as raising awareness of dog welfare, it can have great benefits in terms of boosting employee morale and productivity and reducing stress if you’re having a ‘ruff’ day in the office.

“We want as many businesses and organisations as possible to open their workplaces to employees’ best friends. We can’t wait to see pictures of the pooches in their owners’ work environment. “

The stadium is also using the day to promote the work of the Sheffield Retired Greyhound Trust (RGT), based in Wortley, which has re-homed more than 1,000 greyhounds since opening in 2006.