In recent years, the concept of pet-friendly workplaces has gained popularity as more employers recognize the advantages of creating a welcoming environment for pets.

Research indicates that approximately 60% of pet parents are more inclined to seek employment with companies that have pet-friendly policies.

The benefits of such policies extend beyond mere novelty; they can significantly impact employee well-being and productivity

However, there are many more things a company can do to create a pet-friendly environment than simply allowing pets on the premises.

Below are proven strategies to create a pet-friendly workplace:

1. Engage Both Employees and Management

Creating a successful pet-friendly workplace hinges on clear communication and collaboration between employees and management. This collaboration ensures that the policies and benefits are well-received and inclusive. 

Given that around 20% of individuals worldwide have allergies to cats or dogs, it's important to have open discussions if your company plans to welcome pets at the office.  Choose pet benefits and programs your employees want, and ensure everyone is on board. 

2. Establish Workplace Pet Policies

Establishing well-defined pet policies is essential to maintaining a harmonious work environment. Guidelines should outline expectations for pet parents, including cleanup responsibilities and the requirement for constant supervision.

Research shows that companies with clear pet policies report fewer pet-related incidents at the workplace. Most organizations practice a strict no-biting policy for pets to avoid workplace injuries. 

Your company policies may require employees to fill declaration forms that ensure that pets brought to work are sanitized, potty-trained, and vaccinated. Policies should also clearly outline the specific pets accepted at the workplace. 

3. Select Pet-Specific Areas

Workplaces that are designated as pet-friendly need to prioritize the comfort level of their employees. Develop guidelines for pet parents that respect everyone’s right to a quiet and productive workplace. 

4. Choose Pet-Inclusive Benefits

Offering pet-specific benefits can be a game-changer for both employers and employees. The International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans suggests that benefits like 'furternity' or 'pawternity' leaves, pet care stipends, pet insurance, and pet wellness plans are becoming increasingly popular and can enhance the overall satisfaction and loyalty of employees.

To further support employees, some workplaces offer stipends for pet care, which can significantly ease the financial burdens tied to pet ownership. 

Offering pet insurance is another growing trend in employee benefits. Pet insurance typically covers unexpected vet care costs in the case of an injury or other medical emergency.

Additionally, pet wellness plans covering routine preventative care are becoming increasingly popular. With a fixed monthly or annual fee, these plans typically cover preventative vet care and offer savings on wellness appointments and services.  

Finally, recognizing the profound emotional bond between pets and their owners, some companies are providing pet bereavement leave. This offering allows pet parents to take time off with pay while they process the loss of their pet. 


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5. Enhance Workplace Facilities

Your organization can further encourage a pet-friendly culture with designated areas for employees’ pets. Enhanced workspaces with amenities for pets may include:

  • An office pet park: an area to take your pets during work breaks.
  • Daycare assistance: on-site or nearby daycare services for pets.  
  • On-Site Grooming: grooming services at the workplace.

6. Develop an Employee Handbook

Developing an employee handbook that outlines pet-related policies, benefits, and available facilities is crucial. Providing clear information to employees about your company's pet-friendly initiatives, creating transparency, and fostering a sense of inclusivity.

7. Organize Pet-Friendly Events

Hosting pet-friendly events and activities can help solidify a pet-friendly work culture. Industry experts, like the American Pet Products Association (APPA), have highlighted the benefits of organizing pet wellness fairs, inviting pet-friendly vendors, and hosting speakers and webinars related to pet care.

These events not only promote pet well-being but also strengthen employee engagement and bonding.

Check out this list of pet-friendly events across the U.S.!


The advantages of a pet-friendly workplace extend beyond the preferences of your employees. Research and industry studies confirm that these policies and initiatives positively impact employee morale, productivity, and overall well-being. They can contribute to a more positive company culture, and help to attract and retain top talent.

As more employers recognize the potential of pet-friendly workplaces, the trend is expected to grow, creating a win-win situation for employers and employees. By implementing the strategies and policies mentioned above, companies can create a workplace that benefits everyone involved and ultimately leads to organizational success.

Explore BetterVet's employer offerings to see how pet benefits, which include flexible mobile vet care services, can be a game-changer in your journey to a more pet-friendly workplace.