Here’s one for the books: a brewery in the U.K. is now offering their employees paid time off for one full week if they adopt a rescue dog. That’s right, a week’s paw-ternity leave for anyone who works for them if they’re willing to become responsible fur baby owners, as long as the animal is a rescue dog. The Scottish brewery, known as BrewDog, are the big-hearted folks behind this previously unheard of offer to get unwanted dogs out of shelters and into forever homes.
According to BrewDog’s website, the business has been around since 2007 and began with just two guys and a dog. They say they are aware of the trials behind bringing home a new pet, especially one that has previously undergone the shock of finding itself the ward of an animal shelter. Animals that end up in rescues experience a tremendous amount of stress. First, there is the confusion that comes from being removed from an environment they’ve become accustom to, no matter how unhealthy it was, and then the vibe that is carried through from all of the other frightened animals and the incessant barking.
Benefits of Paid Leave
Ironically, most people find it difficult to get time off, paid or otherwise, when the need arises for personal sick leave or caring for a loved one. Heck, just getting maternity leave can be a struggle for a lot of employees. That’s why this offer is so incredibly generous. As it turns out, BrewDog employs 1000 workers around the world and they are all eligible for this offer of paid leave, should they decide to adopt. The offer even extends to employees in Columbus, Ohio, where the company is getting ready to open the doors of their latest brewery.
The nice thing about this program to encourage rescuing animals is that it applies to dogs ranging from puppies to full grown animals. They just want people to get out and adopt. The rather progressive concept of paid leave for new pet ownership is one that seems to be gathering strength in the U.K., so much so that business owners here in the States have begun toying with the idea. When you consider that Americans alone spend over $60 billion a year on pet products, you get an idea of just how much we love our pets in this country and how many pet owners we have here.
The two guys, of the two guys and a dog that began BrewDog, are Martin Dickie and James Watt. Recently, Watt was interviewed on KARE-11 TV and was noted as saying, “It’s not easy trying to juggle work and settle a new dog into your life, and many members of our crew have four-legged friends at home. We wanted to take the stress out of the situation and let our teams take the time they need to welcome their new puppy or dog into their family.” Being allowed to do this will no doubt ease the transition for the animals going from one situation to the next and then to another.
Raising the Bar
Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, it does. It seems that in addition to paid leave for those generous souls who are willing to adopt a dog, the Scottish brewers provide enhanced paternity and maternity leave for new parents welcoming babies into their lives. “We always want to raise the bar when it comes to offering our staff the best possible benefits,” continued Watt. “We care about two things above all else: people and beer — we also just really like dogs.” This attitude is so cool.
Pet Ownership Statistics
In case you’re not familiar with the stats on pet ownership here in this country, according to the American Pet Products Association (APPA) the estimates are that around 80 million dogs and up to 96 million cats reside in our homes. To put that into perspective, there are just 73.6 million children under the age of 18 living at home. We clearly love our pets and the many benefits of pet ownership on our side of the pond. We can only hope that many other employers here in the U.S. and around the world will someday see things the BrewDog way.